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Boost for gardai as drugs trio get stiff jail terms

Gardai have struck a major blow against a west Dublin drugs gang with the jailing of three of its members.

The three were handed hefty sentences at Dublin Circuit Court after a major operation by the Garda National Drugs Unit into the enterprises of the heroin gang, which is led by Manchester- based crime boss John 'Seanie' Comerford.

Comerford is involved in a feud with another gang led by Ballyfermot criminal 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll.

Seanie Comerford's younger brother, Jason Comerford (39), was jailed for eight years, as was his associate Don Brennan (35), from Rossmore Avenue, Ballyfermot. Senior gang member, Dermot Griffin (51), from Ballyfermot Avenue, was jailed for a total of 14 years.

All three had pleaded not guilty to having €52,000 worth of heroin at Waterstown Park in Palmerstown, west Dublin, on May 19, 2008, but were convicted after a 10-day trial.

Sources believe the drugs were controlled by 'Seanie' Comerford (pictured inset), the veteran gangster who has been flooding Dublin with drugs for well over a decade.

'Seanie' -- who is involved in a deadly feud with the 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll mob and is being investigated under anti-gang laws here - previously served a lengthy sentence for heroin dealing in England.

The National Drugs Unit had huge success against the Comerford gang after a major surveillance operation was set up against them in 2008 under the control of Detective Sergeant Greg Sheehan.







Busted

The same operation that led to the three criminals being jailed on Wednesday for a total of 34 years also led to another senior gang member Michael 'Budner' Byrne (39) being busted with over €6m worth of heroin just four months before Jason Comerford and his associates were caught.

'Budner' is serving 18 years in jail for this crime -- one of the toughest sentences ever handed down to a drug dealer in the Dublin courts.

A source said: "The hardline approach taken by the judiciary is welcomed by gardai."

kfoy@herald.ie


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