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Price 'going ballistic in prison' after €60k drug bust by gardai


Gang boss Cornelius Price

Gang boss Cornelius Price

Gang boss Cornelius Price

Caged gang boss Cornelius Price is "going ballistic" in jail after gardai seized around €60,000 worth of cannabis herb linked to the thug in a special operation last week.

Officers from Laytown Garda Station were involved in the operation in Stamullen, Co Meath, which led to the arrest of a 42-year-old Dublin woman who was questioned before being released without charge, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.


The Balbriggan woman, who was arrested on Monday night, was not previously known for being involved in serious crime and it is suspected that she was "being used" by Price's dangerous mob.

"Price is in jail and he is going mad about this seizure. It puts his gang out of pocket now in a big way," a source said last night.

Jail insiders say that Price has now linked up with a number of dangerous criminals from Dundalk and that his associates had bought the cannabis from them.

It is believed that some of the cannabis herb had already been distributed to smaller dealers before gardai pounced on the house.

Price is back in Wheatfield Prison after spending a number of weeks in Cork Prison after he got in a bitter dispute with other inmates in the west Dublin jail. It is understood that there is a €100,000 contract on the gangster whose compound in Gormanston has been the subject of major garda surveillance operations and has also been raided on a number of occasions.

Price was jailed for three years in February after being convicted of reckless endangerment of a garda at Balbriggan Garda Station over three years ago following a trial.

His mob are suspected of involvement in three gangland murders and Price is suspected of still "directing operations" from jail. Sources have revealed it is suspected that Price has been using junior criminals to meet his associates in the jail where drugs and phones are handed over.

While not a suspect himself for any of the three murders, Price's associates are the chief suspects for the murder of Benny Whitehouse (36), who was shot dead in September 2014.

In May, 2015, Price was arrested and later released without charge by gardai investigating that murder.

The gang, who are suspected of killing Whitehouse, are also the chief suspects for the suspected murders of Tallaght man Willie Maughan (34) and his Latvian partner Anna Varslavane (21) who were last seen near Price's house in the Gormanston area on April 14, 2015.


One theory being investigated is that the couple were murdered because they were trying to break links with the gang which they had been associated with in the months before their disappearance.

The mob are also suspects for a sickening incident last August when the grave of Willie Maughan's brother was dug up at Bohernabreena Cemetery in Tallaght. Price was in jail at the time on remand on a spate of charges.