Suspected heart attack kills drug dealer Powell
A LEADING criminal figure has died suddenly of a suspected heart attack.
James Powell (40), who was described by gardai as being "up there at the very top with significant and ominous connections", had 23 previous convictions dating back to 1992.
His crimes included drug dealing, assault and counterfeiting, and he was jailed for one of the biggest drugs hauls ever in Kerry.
He was known to have strong connections with Limerick's notorious McCarthy-Dundon gang.
Earlier this year, the father-of-four was arrested for a vicious assault on a man in a pub, whom he had bitten in the face several times, tearing off skin and leaving his victim badly scarred.
Powell of The Willows, Clonmore, Ballymullen and late of Urban Terrace, Boherbee, Tralee, Kerry died at his home on Thursday.
He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, following Requiem Mass at St John the Baptist Church, Tralee.