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'Fat' Freddie gang man had to cancel his wedding bash

WEDDING plans of a ‘Fat’ Freddie gangster were ruined – after he was caught with guns, cash and €2m of coke.

Michael Fitzgerald (30), from Tallaght, was due to hold a glitzy wedding bash for around 200 guests on the holiday island of Tenerife.



But the lavish reception was cancelled after Fitzgerald was busted in his new marital home during a major garda operation targeting the ‘Fat' Freddie Thompson mob.



Gardai caught Fitzgerald with €2m worth of cocaine, two handguns, mixing agents and €53,000 worth of drugs cash.



This week Michael Fitzgerald was jailed for eight years after he admitted possession of the huge haul at his home in Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, and his father's home at Corrib Road, Terenure, in June last year.

Our exclusive photo shows Fitzgerald in happier times with his innocent bride Ashling Gallagher (24) who he married in a civil ceremony in Dublin in July last year - eight days before he was busted.

While this was understood to have been a low-key ceremony, sources say that the couple had planned a huge bash in Tenerife just a few weeks later.



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Fitzgerald -- who worked for the Thompson gang because he was in debt and unable to repay the mortgage on his house -- was told by Judge Martin Nolan on Monday that he was a good candidate for rehabilitation.

Detective Brendan Smith said a tip-off led to them getting a search warrant for the home Fitzgerald shared with his new wife in Tallaght.

Fitzgerald let them in and a search revealed the mixing agents and compression plates and metal moulds used for packaging cocaine.

They also found 6kg of the drug, €53,000 in cash, weighing scales, packaging and a diary containing details of several drugs transactions. Further information led gardai to do a follow-up search at Fitzgerald's father's house two days later. This uncovered the two 9mm handguns hidden in a DVD box, five bullets and 4kg of cocaine and amphetamines.

Fitzgerald was interviewed 20 times and took responsibility for everything seized.

Gardai accepted he didn't own the drugs but was paying himself a modest amount through selling the cocaine. While Fitzgerald is now in the first days of a lengthy jail sentence, the gang boss who gardai say controlled the haul is living it up in Spain.

'Fat' Freddie Thompson (30) was given bail in Spain just three days after he was extradited there to be investigated about his role in Christy Kinahan drugs organisation.

Thompson was ordered to hand over his passport and to sign on at the court twice per month until his case is heard -- a requirement that is likely to bring him into contact with alleged associates John Cunningham and Kinahan's sons Daniel and Christopher

He is believed to be staying in a plush villa along with his cousin, Liam Byrne (32).

Spanish officers are expected to keep close tabs on the gangland boss. If convicted, Thompson faces nine years in prison.

kfoy@herald.ie


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