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Among the haul of assets, valued at a total of €136,000, are designer shoes and handbags, jewellery, high-end watches and clothing

Among the haul of assets, valued at a total of €136,000, are designer shoes and handbags, jewellery, high-end watches and clothing

Among the haul of assets, valued at a total of €136,000, are designer shoes and handbags, jewellery, high-end watches and clothing

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has been given the go-ahead by the High Court to dispose of assets worth €136,000 seized from convicted northside Dublin drug dealer Robert Redmond.

Redmond (31) was an associate of Sean Little, who was one of the victims of the vicious Coolock drugs feud which claimed five lives.

Redmond survived a gun attack and was twice arrested for possession of firearms in relation to the feud.

He was released without charge on both occasions but is understood to have come under increasing pressure in recent days because his 32-year-old right-hand man is now in custody on separate firearms charges.

"He is one of the most active criminals operating in the capital," a senior source said last night.

Officers from the CAB, targeting Redmond, carried out a search operation during an investigation in 2018 and 2019.

In the High Court on Monday, Mr Justice Alex Owens gave permission to the CAB to sell off Redmond's seized assets and hand over the proceeds into State coffers.

Among the assets are a 151 Audi A6 car, a quantity of designer jewellery that includes high-end watches, handbags, clothing and more than €36,000 in cash.

The total value of the assets is estimated at €136,000.

Redmond, who has 77 criminal convictions, including four for possession of drugs, was jailed for five years in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in 2013 when he pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, Malahide Road, on September 29, 2010. He had initially denied the charges and elected for a trial.

The court heard Redmond was caught with almost €43,000 worth of heroin and cannabis in two apartments.

Redmond, who had an address at the time at Ferrycarrig Park in Coolock, told gardaí he was selling the drugs to make money for himself. He said he paid €6,000 in cash for nine ounces of heroin, which had an estimated street value of €36,970.

He also said he did not owe money for the drugs and had not been under pressure to store them. He said a tick list found at one of the apartments contained the names of people who owed him money for drugs.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said the full value of all of the drugs was €43,074 and that was not at the upper end of the scale. The heroin had been split into nine single-ounce deals.

She said Redmond was involved in the distribution of drugs purely for monetary gain and it was a way for him to make money from the misery of others.

Gardaí gave evidence that Redmond was in the process of moving home when officers searched the first apartment, following a tip-off. They discovered a small amount of cannabis herb in the apartment at Burnell Square. During the search of a second apartment gardaí found €36,976 worth of heroin.

Irish Independent