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English dealer's Irish pad nabbed by CAB

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
English dealer's Irish pad nabbed by CAB

THE Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is preparing to serve papers on an English drug dealer who had tried to hide out in Ireland.

Manchester drug dealer Peter Roddy fled to Co. Leitrim, where he holed up in a house he had bought in 2001.

But the property has been seized by CAB after a joint investigation with the Greater Manchester Police which started almost 10 years ago.

Now the Bureau has permission from the High Court to serve legal papers in the U.K. to finally take control of the house at Drumdarkin.

Roddy fled to Ireland and changed his name by deed poll to David McGinty as U.K. police closed in on his lucrative heroin operation.

The veteran criminal ended up serving a seven-year jail sentence in England for dealing cocaine and heroin.

A freezing order had previously been granted to CAB under the 

Proceeds of Crime Act as the net started to close in on Roddy.

The professional criminal had bought the house and 33 acres of land for IR£90,000 in 2001, just before the property soared in value at one point to €250,000.

Roddy had been known as a drug dealer in Manchester for more than 30 years and was caught red-handed in a raid on his home in Whitfield.

Cops also linked him to st£55,000 speedboats, vintage cars and motor-homes as well as property both in the U.K. and Ireland.

Roddy, who returned to the U.K. using his new identity was arrested and found guilty of drug dealing.

The case was highlighted as a good example of co-operation by European police forces fighting organised criminal activities together.