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Saturday 17 February 2018

GAA star in €500,000 drugs crash

Ken Foy

A MAJOR manhunt is underway for a former Dublin GAA star caught with cannabis worth €500,000.

The talented sportsman has been on the run for more than a week after fleeing gardai.

He escaped from an armed unit before crashing his car – where an estimated €500,000 worth of cannabis herb was stashed in the boot.

Details of the dramatic high-speed chase and car crash in north Dublin have only emerged now after the drug dealer was chased by detectives attached to the prolific Coolock drugs unit as they were involved in a major operation against the ‘Mr Big' drugs organisation. Senior sources have said that there has been no sign of the convicted cannabis dealer since

he was seen running through an estate in Darndale last Friday afternoon.

After the 26-year-old – said to be one of Mr Big's major lieutenants – crashed his car, he fled the scene on foot.

Officers later opened the boot of the vehicle and discovered 21kg of high-grade cannabis.


Sources claimed that the suspect was considered “one of the most talented athletes in all of north Dublin” before he became involved with the sinister drug gang, which has been linked to

the murder of Real IRA terror chief Alan Ryan in 2012.

“Now he is a key lieutenant for them and it is thought that they really got to know him well when he was in jail,” the insider told the Herald.

“But the reality is that he should present himself to gardai before they get to him first.

“This talented young fella even won medals at a major level. He was not just a great GAA player, he could have been a great soccer player as well.

“He is from a very decent family – he should hand himself in for sure.”

It is understood that the on-the-run man is a former hurling and soccer star.

It is believed that his life has been ruined by his association with one of the country's most dangerous drugs gangs.

Despite the fact that he has not been seen for more than a week, gardai

do not believe that he has been murdered or has fled the country.

The dealer was previously given a substantial prison sentence when he was still a teenager after he was caught with a large amount of cannabis resin which he had stashed near

railway tracks.

Mr Big – who is charged with serious gang-related activity here and in the North – is suspected of ordering the murder of RIRA chief Alan Ryan.

Since the murder, gardai have seized more than €10m worth of drugs from the gang.

Underworld sources say that ordering the hit was the biggest mistake that the criminals ever made.


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