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Drug lord busted by Bureau in web first

NewsBy Nicola Tallant
Neil Mannion.
Neil Mannion.

The Criminal Assets Bureau celebrated 20 years in existence with a successful operation against Ireland’s first-ever cyber drug boss.

In landmark proceedings, the Bureau have frozen a fortunein bitcoin currency and further assets in prepaid debit cards bought with the online ‘money’.

Officers have brought proceedings against former Eircom worker Neil Mannion, who set himself up as a global online drug dealer after quitting his day job.

Meanwhile, gangland rapist Christy Griffin waved goodbye to €250,000 this week when the Criminal Assets Bureau informed him they have signed away his last nest egg.

The clock has run out for Griffin to fight the Bureau for a city centre cottage that he purchased when he was at the height of his reign as the leader of a major cocaine gang in the north inner city.

The funds from its sale, now a derelict site, will be transferred into the exchequer under a Proceeds of Crime settlement.

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