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Thursday 17 April 2014

Authorities seek Collopy extradition from Bulgaria

GARDAI will seek the extradition of a convicted drug dealer after he is dealt with by Bulgarian authorities.

Vincent Collopy (33), of St Mary's Park, Limerick, is awaiting trial after he was arrested following the seizure of drugs and guns at a resort complex on the Black Sea.

Collopy – along with his brother, Jonathan Collopy (25) – was arrested by Bulgarian police last April at the biggest sea resort in the country.

Vincent Collopy has been on the run from gardai in Limerick since 2010 after three of his brothers, Kieran, Damian and Brian, threatened to kill and intimidate former associate Willie Moran.

However, eight months after the brothers were arrested, Vincent remains in a Bulgarian jail and could face a lengthy prison sentence following the seizure made at the apartment in the Sunny Beach resort.

When Bulgarian authorities have finished all dealings with the Collopy brothers, gardai will seek to have Vincent extradited back to Ireland.

A European Arrest Warrant had been issued for him as part of a garda investigation into serious criminal activity in Limerick.

When he is eventually extradited home, Vincent is likely to face threats to kill and intimidation charges as part of the lengthy investigation.

He has a daughter with Natalie Keane, the only daughter of convicted drug dealer Christy Keane.

In 2011, Kieran Collopy and Damian Collopy, of St Ita's Street, St Mary's Park, Limerick, were both jailed for five years for threatening to kill Willie Moran. The brothers believed Mr Moran had money belonging to their late brother Philip.

Intimidate

On April 14, 2010, Kieran Collopy warned Moran that he better have "four or five grand by the end of the night" and shouted "I hope you are prepared to die" before striking Mr Moran in the jaw.

Along with Damian, Kieran Collopy threatened to put a bullet in Mr Moran's head.

In February 2011, another brother, Brian Collopy (38), was jailed for eight years after he attempted to intimidate Mr Moran ahead of the trial of his brothers, Kieran and Damian.

Both Vincent and Jonathan are convicted drug dealers who were jailed in 2006 for three years each after they were caught selling cocaine and heroin to undercover gardai from a house in St Mary's Park in 2004.

Irish Independent

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