Undercover garda heard brothers plot drugs deal
A careless conversation in a fast-food restaurant overheard by a plain-clothes garda during an undercover operation was key to the jailing of two feared drug-dealing brothers for eight years yesterday.
Brian Collopy (43), Kilonan, Ballysimon, Limerick, and his brother Kieran Collopy (40), of St Ita's Street, St Mary's Park, Limerick, were jailed at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday after they were caught bagging heroin worth €40,000 for wholesale supply in a kitchen.
But it has emerged that an undercover officer who managed to place herself next to the brothers in a fast-food outlet heard them discussing details of a planned heroin deal with one of criminal George 'The Penguin' Mitchell's drug dealers.
The convictions represent a major success for gardaí.
Judge Tom O'Donnell said the brothers were not drug mules or couriers but actively involved at the highest level of a commercial enterprise organised for their own benefit.
The judge described heroin as "an absolute scourge on society". Jailing them for eight years, the judge said the brothers were both "at the top of the drugs pyramid".