ONE of the country's biggest drugs traffickers has been convicted of having almost €2m worth of drugs.
Alan Boggans – who drove flash cars and lived in a mansion in south Dublin – was busted following a major garda surveillance operation.
The 38-year-old, from Newcastle in south Co Dublin, was convicted yesterday following a six-day trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. He will be sentenced next month.
"Alan Boggans loved the finer things in life – he lived in a mansion with stables attached and was always driving flash motors," a source said.
The long-time garda target has also been involved in dealing illegal fireworks and cigarettes and was the leader of a crew that imported huge drugs shipments for over three years, sources say.
Senior sources also revealed that Boggans controlled a major patch of drugs turf in the Clondalkin and Tallaght areas of the capital and was also flooding Galway and other counties with cannabis resin before he was caught in September, 2009.
Boggans owned three shops in the Clondalkin area which he used as a front for his drugs trafficking operations.
It is understood that the Criminal Assets Bureau may now begin a probe into money-laundering activities.
"Gardai believe that he sourced these drugs himself on the continent – he regularly travelled to Spain and Holland on business," a source said.
The Herald has learned that Boggans was "very friendly for a time" with car dealer Lee Cullen (41), from Saggart, who was a close friend of tragic model Katy French.
Last November, Cullen pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges relating to seven Range Rovers.
Boggans (38) of Keelogue House, Peamount Road, Newcastle, had pleaded not guilty to two charges of possession of cannabis resin for sale or supply and possession of the drugs at Celtic Truck Wash and Parking, College Road, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, on September 1, 2009. Judge Patrick McCartan revoked Boggans' bail and adjourned the case to next month for sentence.
Conor Devally, prosecuting, told the trial that gardai had mounted a surveillance operation on the business park on September 1, 2009.
Mr Devally said that when gardai secured a warrant at 9pm that evening, they raided the premises and spotted Boggans at the rear of the van, with the driver, Stephen Grant.
Gardai announced "armed gardai" and the men fled but both were caught and arrested.
The scene was preserved and 330kg of cannabis resin, worth €1,976,244, was found in the back of the van.