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Gun victim Dean Johnson

Gun victim Dean Johnson

Gun victim Dean Johnson

A female drugs mule was in garda custody last night after the car she was travelling in was intercepted by elite detectives and around €500,000 of cannabis was seized.

Gardai said around 25kg of cannabis herb was seized in the surveillance operation after she was stopped on the M50 in the Blanchardstown area.

The woman (26), from Neilstown in west Dublin, was being held at Blanchardstown Garda Station last night, where she was questioned under drug trafficking legislation.

The bust, which happened at around 5.30pm yesterday, is the latest major success the garda's Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) has had against a Clondalkin-based gang with close links to the Kinahan cartel.

A senior source told the Herald that officers suspect the "controller" of the seized drugs is a vicious crack cocaine dealer, but he was not arrested as part of the probe.

Aged in his early 30s, he has served a lengthy jail term after being caught with almost €50,000 of crack cocaine in a west Dublin apartment.

Murder

Despite his links to criminality, the crack cocaine dealer was involved in the local community and was a coach for a sports club at the time of his arrest.

The thug was previously arrested in relation to the murder of Dean Johnson (21), an innocent victim of the Clondalkin feud gunned down in 2013.

Since the murder of Mr Johnson, gardai believe this thug has "risen up the crime ladder" and become a senior member of the Clondalkin-based organised crime gang.

He was dealt a major blow in 2016 when gardai seized €140,000 of cocaine following the search of a car in the Lucan area. Special Crime Task Force (SCTF) officers suspected the drugs belonged to him and his Clondalkin gang.

It was the second significant seizure in the space of a month against this dealer, after almost €500,000 of heroin was seized in Blanchardstown.

The drug trafficker and his gang are currently involved in a bitter local feud with James 'Nellie' Walsh and his associates, which has so far claimed four lives.


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