Blow: drugs linked to Derek O'Driscoll were seized
'Dee Dee has been dealt a real blow', says Sunday World source
Feud: Seanie Comerford
Banged up: Michael Byrne
Stabbed: Jason Lee Martin
Suspect: Derek McLoughlin
NOTORIOUS criminal Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll has been left reeling after gardai uncovered €120,000 worth of drugs believed to be linked to his gang.
His mob is suspected of being behind the haul of heroin and cannabis found during a search of a house in St Patrick’s Park in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, last week.
A 19-year-old man suspected of holding on to the drugs for O’Driscoll’s gang was arrested and later released without charge while a file is prepared for the DPP.
A source close to the investigation revealed: “Dee Dee has been dealt a real blow. He wasn’t there himself, but he’s lost a significant amount of cash.”
O’Driscoll, from Ballyfermot in west Dublin, is one of Ireland most notorious criminals and his gang is believed to be responsible for four murders connected to a gangland feud in little over a year.
He hit the headlines when he was involved in bribing a corrupt cop for John Gilligan’s gang in the late 1990s.
Since then he has gone on to establish himself as a major player in the underworld O’Driscoll recently pleaded guilty for his part in a fight in which a man was killed.
English fugitive Jason Martin was stabbed to death during the incident.
O’Driscoll pleaded guilty to production of an article which could cause serious injury and committing affray with another man, Michael Byrne, on Park West Road, Dublin 10, on September 27, 2009.
Byrne, who is currently serving an 18-year jail term for possession of heroin worth €6.2 million, was found guilty before a jury last month and given a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence.
O’Driscoll left bite marks on Byrne’s chin during the incident. O’Driscoll is due to appear in court over the matter tomorrow.
Martin and Byrne were close associates of drug baron Seanie Comerford, who is originally from Drumfinn Road in Ballyfermot, but is based in England.
Martin was stabbed to death during a mass brawl as part of a feud between associates of O’Driscoll and associates of Comerford. O’Driscoll’s pal Derek McLoughlin was the prime suspect in stabbing Comerford.
McLoughlin, who is currently behind bars for firearms offences, was also a suspect in the murders of brother Paul and Ken Corbally, who were shot dead in Neilstown as part of the feud in 2010.
O’Driscoll fled Ireland after the Corbally murders, but subsequently returned.
The last murder connected to the feud was that of small-time criminal Robert Ryle (30), who was gunned down in late October, 2010.
In the aftermath of Ryle’s slaying, thugs connected with O’Driscoll taunted gardai by shouting “the score is 4-0” in reference to the fact that four criminals from the opposing faction had now been murdered.
O’Driscoll has 15 previous convictions for a variety of offences, including criminal damage, assault and larceny. However, he has no drugs convictions.
He was suspected of flooding Dublin with tranquilliser tablets in recent years.
As well as drug dealing, O’Driscoll is suspected of involvement in money lending, extortion and money laundering.