Suspended sentence for Budoran cannabis factory

A Bundoran man who had a cannabis factory at his home has been given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared in Letterkenny Circuit Court this week.

A Bundoran man who had a cannabis factory at his home has been given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared in Letterkenny Circuit Court this week.

55-year-old Kevin Granaghan of St Bridget’s Terrace Bundoran had been charged with possessing drugs, possessing drugs for sale and supply and cultivation last year and pleaded guilty on a previous court date.

The court heard gardai had kept him under surveillance for some time before searching his home discovering almost €30,000 worth of cannabis plants and seeds.

Earlier evidence heard was the windows had been specially sealed to keep out natural sunlight and the electricity supply had been bypassed using special copper wire.

In the garden of sheds at the rear of his home, a total of 67 cannabis plants and other materials with a total value of €29,800 were found.

There were extractor fans as well as power packs, timers, switches and special watering systems to produce both make and female cannabis plants.

Gardai said they did not believe that Granaghan was capable of carrying out such an operation alone and was involved for others.

When Gardai raided the house under the Misuse of Drugs Act on December 1st, 2010, the front door of the house was open.

Judge John O’Hagan said such behaviour had to be punished but added the probation report was favourable.

He sentenced Granaghan to two years each in prison for cultivating and supplying cannabis.

He suspended both sentences, which are to run concurrently, for a period of two years.