INVESTIGATIONS are continuing after cannabis plants, with a combined street value of more than €1m, were seized in County Clare over the past ten days.
Six hundred plants, with a street value of around €500,000, were discovered when a house at Breaffa, Carraigaholt was searched on January 8, last while this week three further grow-houses were discovered in at locations in Kilkee and Tulla.
On Wednesday another 240 plants worth €190,000 were found at a house Faha, near Ennis.
Cannabis plants, with a street value of around €100,000 were discovered on Monday night when gardai searched a house at Miltown, Tulla.
On the same day, around 500 plants were discovered during an operation targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs in the Kilkee area.
200 plants were discovered when gardai searched a house at Lislanahan, Kilkee while a further 300 plants were found during a separate search of a house at Tullaroe.
The estimated street value of the plants seized at the two houses was €440,000.
It is understood that at least one of the grow-houses was identified after gardai, in conjunction with the ESB deployed a helicopter with thermal imaging capabilities.
A total of five people - four men and a woman - were arrested and questioned about the various seizures.
They were detained at Kilrush, Ennis and Shannon garda stations under the provisions of drug trafficking legislation.
All the drugs have been sent for technical analysis along with other items which were seized during the searches.