Illegal Chinese and Vietnamese invaders have engaged in the setting up of massive cannabis plantation factories in Ireland, new figures from the European Union have revealed.
According to the 2013 European Union (EU) Drug Market Report, Ireland has experienced an increase in the domestic cultivation of cannabis in the last five years.
In 2012 there was substantial media coverage on raids of cannabis farms as part of police operations dubbed “Operation Nitrogen” and “Operation Wireless,” both intelligence-led operations targeting cannabis cultivation in Ireland.
As a result of these operations, both running for the past few years, a substantial number of cannabis farms across Ireland were identified and dismantled.
During 2011 there were 500 growing houses located under the above-named operations resulting in over 26,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated value of €10.5m, being seized.
The EU Drug Market Report added that the commercial cannabis industry in Ireland has been controlled “predominantly by Vietnamese and Chinese gangs.”
The Irish Prison Service notes that the number of sentenced committals for controlled drug offences for 2012 was 922 out of total sentenced committals of 13,526. The number of prisoners in custody under sentence for 2012 was 704 out of total number of 3,710.
As usual, liberals have tried to make excuses for the overwhelming participation in drug-cultivation activities in Ireland. An organization known as the Anti-Slavery International (ASI)—RACE in Europe, has issued a report claiming that the Asians involved in these cannabis factories are all “forced” into it as part of some Triad-based slavery network.
This is of course a usual stock-in-hand excuse: the reality is that in many European nations, the identical pattern has been observed.
A recent report by the UK’s Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) revealed that the number of cannabis farms has more than doubled to 7,865 from 2008 to 2012 in Britain.
A report in the Daily Mail in 2012 quoted Professor Stephen Savage, director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at Portsmouth University, on the origins of the Vietnamese link with UK cannabis factories.
The Mail reported that, according to a research paper which Professor Savage wrote with fellow criminologist Dr Daniel Silverstone, the gangs consist of small, tightly knit groups that will strike up and dissolve business relationships on a case-by-case basis rather than large networks.
The so-called ‘investors’, who secure the premises used to house the factories, are often highly mobile and drawn from the more established members of the community; while many of the so-called ‘gardeners’ are illegal immigrants who are expected to pay back traffickers by working on the cannabis farms.
In 2011, police raids on rented or vacant houses and warehouses have seen Vietnamese nationals arrested throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and the Republic of Ireland.
Many of these operations have been found to have links with criminal organizations involved in harder drugs, gun-running, prostitution, and people trafficking.