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Gang with links to David Waldron lose over €1m in cash in major bust

The money was found in a concealed in a vehicle which was seized for examination following an operation carried out over the weekend.
David Waldron

David Waldron

Nicola Tallant

A gang with links to drug dealer David Waldron lost more than €1 million in cash when premises were searched linked to the mob.

Waldron and his mob are one of the top targets of the Garda’s Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau along with the gang known as The Family headed by convicted heroin dealer Brian Grendon.

The money was found in a concealed in a vehicle which was seized for examination following an operation carried out over the weekend. A number of mobs have previously used hidden compartments in specially modified cars and vans to transport drugs, money and weapons.

Waldron is currently awaiting a decision by the Appeals Court regarding free legal aid he was granted to fight a CAB case against him. He was awarded legal aid in the High Court but the Bureau appealed the decision saying he spent nearly €3 million of unexplained wealth.

Money seized by An Garda Siochana in Dublin

Money seized by An Garda Siochana in Dublin

Waldron is facing the CAB case against a property portfolio including a luxury mansion in the Wexford countryside which comes complete with riding paddocks and a ‘man den.’

He had purchased a property in Glenties Park in Finglas in 2001 and then invested in a second property at River Forest, Leixlip in Kildare, which had €315,000 in renovations carried out on it, before building the mansion in Wexford for €1.6 million. Another property in Cabra had more than €600,000 spent on it.

In court CAB have said that Waldron claims he got the money to buy the first house through dole money and working as a plasterer and a security guard. Lawyers for the Bureau also said they believe that Waldron still earns money from criminality. He has denied the claims.

Waldron and brother Christopher ‘Git’ were once close associates of brutal drug lord Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne along with the Bradley brothers Wayne and Alan ‘Fatpuss’. Officers suspect they took over his turf after his murder at the Fassaugh House Pub in Cabra ten years ago.

Both brothers are subject to CAB proceedings with Christopher targeted for two properties in Finglas and Cabra and expensive jewellery. Justice Alexander Owens has previously said he will hear both cases together as well as a claim by David’s wife Charlene Waldron that she has a beneficial interest in the Wexford pile which she will say she invested in with money she got from her father.

The house is located in a townland called Laraheen and was built when David was serving time in prison for his role in a savage assault. It measures an enormous 3,000 square foot complete with bedrooms en-suite with double doors opening out onto viewing platforms.

Waldron designed his very own man den in his country hideaway and when Gardai raided the property two years ago they discovered that it was fitted out with his own personal bar with a pool table and a specially framed poster of ‘The Godfather.’

The house is surrounded with fencing and can only be accessed through intercom. It is covered in natural stone and also houses a gym and a pricey kitchen looking out over the valley below.

The house was raided by the Bureau along with 23 other properties linked to Waldron, both professional and private residences. The raids also involved officers from the Garda’s Drug and Organised Crime Bureau with back up from the Emergency Response and other armed units.

David Waldron has nine convictions including one for drug dealing. Brother Christopher was part of a group of men jailed in connection with a violent assault.

The pair were once part of Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne’s inner circle and are suspected of being amongst those who nabbed his business after he died, linking in with the Kinahan Cartel who had sanctioned his assassination.

A source said: “It’s gearing up to be a very bad year for Waldron. He will be seething that €1 million was seized just as he faces losing his property portfolio to the state.”

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