DRUG DEALERS working for ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson supplied cocaine to radio legend Gerry Ryan.
The Herald can reveal today that Gerry’s personal dealer was directly involved with Freddie’s coke empire. Gerry preferred to meet the dealer himself, and they would often meet in the car park of a landmark West Dublin pub.
However, no criminal investigation is going to be carried out to try and charge the dealer, who regularly supplied Ryan with the Class A drug in the years leading up to his death. Gardai believe that the cocaine which was found in Gerry Ryan's system was supplied by a junior member of Thompson's Crumlin-Drimnagh drug gang.
It is believed that the cocaine was brought into the country through Christy Kinahan's drug supply channels before being dispersed through Thompson's distribution network.
A source has told the Herald that a criminal investigation like the one carried out after the death of model Katy French was "unlikely" because of the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
"There was no trace of cocaine found in Mr Ryan's apartment during the course of the investigation and it comes as a surprise to hear that there were traces of it in his system at the time of his death," the source said.
"He must have taken the drug earlier on the night of his death and the likelihood of finding his supplier would be remote. It must be remembered that he did not die of an overdose but the consumption of cocaine had triggered problems in his already vulnerable heart."
There is also a reluctance from gardai to engage in a criminal investigation on Gerry's supplier as there has been no specific complaint about the death.
After emerging victorious over his main rival in the Crumlin-Drimnagh feud, Freddie Thompson assumed control of the cocaine-trafficking business and is now the main supplier of the drug to the capital's southside.
A source said Ryan's drug supply came from a close personal contact operating at second or third hand from Thompson and the senior members of his gang.
Gardai will not investigate the death because of the fact that there was no sign of drugs in Gerry's apartment or evidence of any crime when gardai were conducting their enquiries and too much time has passed since.
Detectives had to wait for weeks, if not months, for the results of the toxicology tests because of major backlog at the forensic laboratories.
It appears that no attempt was made to ascertain the identity of Gerry's drug supplier and he remains unknown.
In the hours after the discovery of Gerry Ryan's body last April gardai made routine inquiries as part of a file to be sent to Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell for an inquest.
These included a search of the apartment to establish if there had been any sign of a forced entry or any evidence that might have indicated suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
But gardai at the scene obtained no evidence indicating foul play.
When drug users die from drug use there are seldom lengthy Garda investigations into the origins of the drugs that proved fatal.
Garda sources said even if it were possible to trace a person who gave Mr Ryan drugs in his last hours, it would be impossible to determine if they were the last drugs he had consumed or if a specific batch had caused or contributed to his death.
The lack of witnesses or physical evidence would make it almost impossible to trace the source of the narcotics.
Cocaine usage has declined in recent years after it spiked during the heady years of the Celtic Tiger.
Drug gangs, like Thompson's, have come under pressure in recent times with increased garda seizures and surveillance and a fall-off in demand.
The gangs no longer have the money to purchase vast amounts of the drug on the continent which means the cocaine is being "cut" more, resulting in less purity and greater toxicity.
Brian O'Brien, an intensive care specialist at the Mater Hospital, said we are having "an unusually high fatality rate" from cocaine use here.
He said the problem with cocaine here is what it's being mixed with: "Street level cocaine is now about 30pc pure whereas it used to be 60pc or 70pc."
Austin Prior, deputy director of the Rutland Centre drug treatment facility, told the Herald previously that cocaine users snorting the drug with high levels of mixing agents along with alcohol were putting a toxic cocktail into their bodies.
"People think that if someone falls ill it's because of a 'bad batch' of cocaine, but cocaine is a lethal substance anyway and when these mixing agents are added along with alcohol you get a toxic cocktail," he said.
"Gardai have been cutting off the supply of cocaine and the fact that more and more people are reverting back to cocaine because of the crackdown on headshop drugs means that dealers will be using more and more mixing agents."