€1.5m drug suspect might have been deported

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The Vietnamese nationwide was one of two men arrested when Crumlin gardai raided a unit on the Ballymount industrial wealth in south Dublin on Wednesday.

The Herald can reveal that gardai were last ceaselessly trying to determine if one of the men, who claims that he is 54, was jailed for a growhouse infraction in Co Carlow a number of years ago.

That individual was deported after completing a four-year clink sentence handed down at Carlow Circuit Court and officers are exploring whether he is the same man who was arrested in this week’s raid.

Another Vietnamese man, who asks that he is 44, was also arrested. Both suspects were until this being detained at Crumlin Garda Station last night.

In a backup search in the capital’s northside on Wednesday night, officers recovered €70,000 in money when they raided the home of an Asian man who is involved in the restaurant calling.

Detectives believe that the cash is linked to the growhouse operation in Ballymount.

“This was a chief seizure in what was a highly sophisticated growhouse,” a senior source imparted.

“What is unusual about this case is that one of the suspects may beforehand have been deported after serving jail time for a nearly the same offence.

 “Crumlin gardai are working with their colleagues in Carlow and the Garda Resident Immigration Bureau to try to establish this man’s identity.”

The cannabis seized take in 48kg of vacuum-packed bags which were ready to be distributed to dealers.

Approximately 1,500 plants at various stages of maturity were seized and the section was divided into six separate rooms.

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