A DRUG dealer known as ‘ The Boxer’ has been arrested in Spain after police found €2m in cash and a large haul of drugs.
Thomas Mullen (43) was lifted as part of a major operation targeting criminality on the continent.
Mullen is also credited with flooding the streets of inner city Dublin with heroin in the 1990s.
“This is a big result – Mullen is suspected of supplying vast amounts of drugs from his base in Spain,” a source said.
Now he has resurfaced in Spain where it is understood that he gave police a false name, claiming that he was a named individual from Tallaght.
Spanish police then contacted gardai who went to the Tallaght address given by Mullen and established that ‘The Boxer’ had provided bogus information.
Ultimately he was snared when his fingerprints were checked and he is now in custody in a tough Spanish prison.
A senior source said: “This is a very big result – Mullen is suspected of supplying vast amounts of cocaine to the Irish and British markets from his base in Spain.”
‘The Boxer' was formerly a very close associate of Michael ‘Roly' Cronin who was aged 35 when he was assassinated in Dublin city centre by Eamon ‘The Don' Dunne's gang in January, 2009, in a gruesome double murder.
Mullen originally from Clonliffe Road, Dublin was originally jailed for 18 years in England in 1998 but the sentence was later reduced to 15 years.
Passing the original sentence, Judge Timothy King said: “You have been convicted in my view upon compelling evidence, indeed, some might consider it overwhelming evidence. Those who traffic in class A controlled drugs are the purveyors of misery, degradation and, all too frequently, death.”
Mullen claimed during the trial he had been summoned to an IRA council meeting and blackmailed into supplying terrorists with IR£1million.
The court was told Mullen financed a luxury lifestyle in north London and took out a mortgage on an upmarket flat with nearly £6,000 sterling in £5 notes.
Detective David Osborn, from London drug squad, told the court that Mullen was Dublin's top heroin dealer.
He said: “There is no doubt that he is one of the foremost smugglers of heroin to Dublin and further beyond.
“His arrest and conviction is a major blow to the heroin trade in Ireland.”
Mullen was arrested when detectives caught him leaving a safe deposit box centre in Hampstead with more than £100,000 sterling in a holdall.
In Ireland, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) sold a house in Artane, north Dublin, for €170,000 that had been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) against 'The Boxer's' father John Mullen.
By Ken Foy