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Irish police hunt blundering drugs gang after Donegal find

'There wasn't enough cannabis for a single joint'

By Greg Harkin

Police in the Republic are hunting a dopey drugs gang after discovering a botched cannabis growing operation with no drugs.

Detectives were delighted when 150 plants were found hidden in two grow houses at the rear of a home in rural Co Donegal.

Officers found the blooming plants up a lane near the village of Kilmacrennan.

But those behind the operation hadn't done their homework. All the plants were male.

Male plants are usually dumped early into the cultivation process because they don't contain any of the chemicals which give the user the ‘high'.

It now means gardai have had to downgrade the value of the seizure from €120,000 — to nothing.

“There wasn't enough cannabis for a single joint,” one source revealed.

Some of the plants may have taken up to a year to grow.

Gardai seized heat lamps, gardening tools and boxes of the fertiliser MiracleGro.

It's understood gardai have interviewed one man and wish to talk to at least three others.

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