Friday 23 August 2019

Gardaí search for gun close to home of gang boss due for release

'Up to 20 members of the force, aided by sniffer dogs, combed the freshly ploughed area throughout the afternoon in the search for a gun linked to the ongoing Drogheda feud' (stock photo)
'Up to 20 members of the force, aided by sniffer dogs, combed the freshly ploughed area throughout the afternoon in the search for a gun linked to the ongoing Drogheda feud' (stock photo)

Ken Foy

A major search operation for firearms was carried out by gardaí at a field close to the home of a gang boss who is due to be released from prison.

Officers from Ashbourne garda station carried out the search in Gormanston, Co Meath, yesterday afternoon after receiving "reliable intelligence" that at least one weapon had been stashed at the site.

Up to 20 members of the force, aided by sniffer dogs, combed the freshly ploughed area throughout the afternoon in the search for a gun linked to the ongoing Drogheda feud.

The search party trawled through ditches and cut back thick vegetation using slash hooks, while a number of armed gardaí kept watch at the site's entrance.

A senior source confirmed last night that yesterday's search operation is just one of a number that are planned in the coming weeks ahead of the release of Cornelius Price from Wheatfield Prison in less than a month's time.

Sources have revealed that Price (37) had been using an illegal mobile phone to issue threats in the weeks before jail bosses clamped down on his behaviour earlier this month.

"He is coming out of jail in the middle of May and was letting it be known that he intends to be the top dog in north Co Dublin again - he was issuing threats to other criminals in the Balbriggan area, as well as in Drogheda," a source explained.

It is Price's close association with the Maguire faction in the deadly Co Louth gang feud which is causing gardaí their biggest headache and it is this link that led to yesterday's searches, in which no weapon was found.

Irish Independent

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