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Concern grows for missing GAA star who has not been seen since €500k drugs found in car

Ken Foy Crime Correspondent

Published 05/04/2014 | 10:04

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No one was ever charged and detectives suspect the killing was 'contracted out' to a Dublin hitman.

CONCERN is growing for the welfare of a former GAA star who has not been seen or heard from since gardai found about €500,000 worth of cannabis in the boot of his car.

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Sources say officers are now investigating whether the 26-year-old north Dubliner was lured to his death by the gang who owned the drugs that were found in the car after he crashed it following a high-speed chase.

The former player's family are said to be “extremely concerned”.

They have had no contact with him since he got away from gardai in the Darndale area of the capital on the afternoon of March 7.

A source said: “Of course this fella has plenty of motivation to be on-the-run from gardai – he is facing at least 10 years in jail because of the drugs if they catch up with him.

“But the indications are that this is far more serious than that – there is a theory that after he fled from the police, he made contact with his big bosses in the gang to try and sort out what he would do next.

“The talk is that instead of helping him get out of the country, they simply murdered him because they blamed him for the massive drugs seizure.

“You’re talking here about an organisation that would be ruthless enough to do that.

“The fella's family are beside themselves with worry and have been asking his friends and associates whether they have any information on where he is, but no one has been able to help.”

MISSING

The drugs unit at Coolock garda station has also been searching for the man, and officers have questioned a large number of his associates.

However, it is understood that the man's family have not officially reported him missing to gardai.

Sources say the suspect was considered “one of the most talented athletes in all of north Dublin” before he got involved with the sinister drugs gang who murdered Real IRA terror chief Alan Ryan in 2012.

kfoy@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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