NewsCrime Desk

Criminal brother of gunned-down drug dealer found dead in dingy flat

Found dead: John Brettt
Found dead: John Brettt

The body of longtime drug dealer John Brett was found in his bedsit almost a week after his death, a report suggests.

The remains of Brett (56) were found by his landlord last Thursday evening, according to the Irish Sun.

Brother of fellow drug dealer David 'Boogie' Brett, the older Brett sibling was once described in court as "a career drugs dealer and one of the main ecstasy dealers in Cork city."

There is no suspicion of foul play in the investigation of John Brett's death.

The career ecstasy dealer had served an 11-year sentence for possession of drugs, after Cork gardai caught him with €500,000 worth of ecstasy in November 1999. 

At the time, Brett was described by gardai as one of the main suppliers of the drug in the region.

Detective Superintendent Tim Callaghan told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that Brett was one of the main ecstasy dealers in Cork city.

"He's a career drugs dealer and has been so for years. He's made a very good livelihood from it over the years," he said.

When Brett was caught in 1999, some 50,000 ecstasy tablets were found hidden in plastic bags taped inside a consignment of tyres.

The court also heard at the time that Brett had received serious injuries in a stabbing eight years previously which left him fighting for his life.

He required constant medical treatment for his condition which worsened year-on-year.

Brett was described as not a drug addict but was a businessman who treated his dealing as "a cold business".

A source told the Sun of Brett's death: "Brett died a lonely man. He lived alone in a bedsit and apparently had no friends as his body was not discovered for about six days after his death."

Brett’s younger brother, 'Boogie' Brett, was shot dead in May 2007 after being lured to a quiet country lane outside the village of Ballydesmond, Co Cork.