Updated: 06/10/16 : 05:51:35
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Cannabis growhouse discovered in Sligo shopping street

    By Ciarán McCarthy

A busy shopping street in Sligo Town was the centre of Garda activity yesterday afternoon when a sophisticated cannabis growhouse was discovered.

The growhouse, a ready-made unit approximately the size of a telephone box and shrouded in a heat retaining membrane, was found by accident during a estate agent's tour of an empty business premises.

The agent was showing the now vacant property to an interested client when the startling discovery was made in an annex to the rear of the building.

Entry to the annex is accessed though a public right of way Hudsons Lane, which links Grattan Street with Conlon’s Street and Harmony Hill.

The lane had been previously discussed by the now defunct Sligo Borough Council over the blockage of the right of way by the operators of the now closed licenced premises on Grattan Street.

Gardaí were remaining tight-lipped about the find however it is believed that specialist gardaí were dispatched from Dublin to forensically examine the scene.

The value of the haul in understood to be in the region of a 'few thousand euro', and gardaí are understood to  be following a 'definite line of inquiry'.

The drug growhouse discovery was made in an annex at the rear of a vacant commercial premises
                                                                           Photo: SligoToday.ie

Hudson's Lane was previously highlighted when the then controlling authority, Sligo Borough Council agreed to support a proposal which offered unrestrained public access between 9am and 8pm daily.

Acting Director of Service at that time Paula Gallagher explained that the property was privately owned and also a public right of way.