Mayo has been identified as a county with a real problem of cannabis grow houses.

That’s according to the Investigations Editor of the Sunday World Nicola Tallant, who says these criminal enterprises are largely run by foreign gangs.

The crime journalist says that these gangs either rent or buy houses in rural or isolated locations for the purpose of illegal cannabis cultivation.

She claims that these gangs are trafficking people into the country to live and work in these grow houses for no pay.

Nicola Tallant told Midwest News that communities in Mayo can help to identify properties likely being used as grow houses.

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