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Hutch mob plan to crash-land drugs in jail

Wheatfield Prison
Wheatfield Prison

HUTCH gang members suffered a major blow in their efforts to smuggle drugs and phones into Wheatfield Prison this week, when a state-of-the-art drone was discovered crash-landed on the prison roof.

The Sunday World understands a quad-copter drone was discovered on a section of the roof adjacent to the exercise yard used by jailed Hutch family members – including ‘Del Boy’ Hutch – on Tuesday.

It is understood the drone, which had been fitted with a video camera, had a wire affixed to it to allow it to carry a pouch. A source said the drone was a sophisticated piece of machinery.

“The drone was discovered by a team of officers clearing contraband from the prison roof.

“This was a sophisticated and highpowered drone which would have been capable of carrying a number of phones and a sizeable quantity of drugs per trip.

The belief is that the drone crashed after delivering it’s consignment into the prison.

“Given the site of the crash, the belief is it was couriering drugs to members of the Hutch gang. “The area of roof where it was discovered is adjacent to an exercise yard used by members of the Hutch family and their associates.

“The fact the drone was fitted with a camera means those operating it could pinpoint drops to a particular location or person.”

Sources say the drone has now been passed over to Gardaí for investigation.

Kinahan Cartel target Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch and associated gangmembers are housed in a special protection wing of Wheatfield Prison.

Cousin Alan Hutch (33), is also behind bars in Wheatfield for threatening to kill three gardaí.

However, they are given access to the exercise yard adjacent to the drone crash site on a daily basis.

‘Del Boy’ is just one of dozens of the extended Hutch gang whose lives are under threat from the Kinahan cartel as a result of the feud sparked by the murder of his brother Gary in Spain.