Saturday 7 December 2019

Drug 'tick list' found in Rattigan prison cell, court told

Brian Kavanagh

A detailed diary replete with entries on a fitness regime, betting activities and a drugs "tick list", was found in the prison cell of Dublin criminal Brian Rattigan, his Special Criminal Court trial has heard.

Detective Garda Shane Curtis told Mr John O'Kelly SC, prosecuting, that he examined two notebooks seized by members of the Garda Organised Crime Unit who raided the accused man's cell in Portlaoise Prison on May 22, 2008.

He agreed with Mr O'Kelly that one of the notebooks contained a long list of names such as 'Dicko' 'Brian' and 'Crazy' followed by 'half' and numbers such as '9', as well as an entry dated May 20, 2008, that read: "Rock sorted, the glove with McGyver".

Det Gda Curtis said that in his opinion the list was what is commonly known as a drugs tick list, detailing names and weights of drugs, as 'half' suggested half a kilo, while a 9oz bar was commonly referred to as a '9'.

Det Gda Curtis said that he compared both tick lists with a text message sent to a Nokia 5300 phone seized by gardai along with 5kg of heroin in a shed at the back of a house on Hughes Road South in Dublin, and found the names Brian, Jay, Karl, Famer, Rita and Crazy to be common to all three.

Drugs expert Detective Sergeant Brian Robertson gave evidence to the trial last week that in his opinion the message on the Nokia 5300 phone referred to the division of drugs by weight.

Det Gda Curtis told Mr O'Kelly that in his opinion a number of names and numbers written in the notebook also correlated with names and telephone numbers saved to a mobile device uncovered by detectives in Rattigan's cell.

Rattigan (32), formerly of Cooley Road, Drimnagh, has pleaded not guilty to the possession of heroin and two counts of possession of the drug for sale or supply on Hughes Road South, Walkinstown, Dublin, on May 21, 2008.

He has also pleaded not guilty to the possession of two mobile phones at Portlaoise Prison while an inmate on May 22, 2008.

It is the prosecution case that Rattigan used mobile phones to act as the "directing force" behind a €1m heroin deal from his cell in Portlaoise Prison.

The trial continues today.

Irish Independent

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