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Major probe Drug dealing associate of gangster Patrick Irwin is target of CAB raid in Sligo

Senior sources say that the target is a long-time associate of Patrick Irwin and one of his most trusted gang members.

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The Sligo based criminal  is considered a “trusted member” of the mob led by notorious hood Patrick Irwin (pictured).

The Sligo based criminal is considered a “trusted member” of the mob led by notorious hood Patrick Irwin (pictured).

The Sligo based criminal is considered a “trusted member” of the mob led by notorious hood Patrick Irwin (pictured).

A key lieutenant of one of the country’s biggest drugs gangs was the target of the latest operation by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

The Sligo based criminal who is aged in his mid-30’s and who has almost 60 previous criminal convictions is considered a “trusted member” of the mob led by notorious hood Patrick Irwin (39).

The gang are one of two major mobs operating from a Sligo town base but their influence stretches as far as Limerick to the south and into Donegal and the six counties to the north.

“They have been operating a kind of uneasy truce with the other gang as they seem to tolerate each other but both Irwin’s crowd and the other gang have expanded their territory way beyond the north-west,” a source said.

While senior sources say that Irwin has been spending a lot of time in Co Meath and the greater Dublin area in recent months, his associate who is the latest CAB target has been playing a key role in running the convicted dealer’s operations in their home town of Sligo.

“He is a very violent drug dealer and he is trusted and senior member of the Irwin crime network who are operating on a nationwide scale.

“He is dealing mainly in cocaine and cannabis.

“The CAB have been looking at him for a considerable period of time,” a senior source said.

Gardai announced details of the major CAB operation today.

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The car seized in the raid this morning.

The car seized in the raid this morning.

The car seized in the raid this morning.

“The Criminal Assets Bureau in conjunction with local Gardaí in the Sligo Garda Division, and with the assistance of the Regional Armed Support Unit, the Garda Dog Unit and the Customs Revenue Dog Unit conducted a search operation in County Sligo on the morning of Thursday the 1st July 2021, targeting the assets and activities of an individual suspected to be involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Sligo town area,” a spokesman said.

He explained that four residential properties along with with a communal green area at the rear of two of the residences were searched.

A Volkswagen Golf, an off road vehicle, a small quantity of suspected cocaine and €24,465 in cash were seized.

Additionally, €151,000 was restrained in financial accounts under Section 17 (2) of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

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Some of the cash that was discovered.

Some of the cash that was discovered.

Some of the cash that was discovered.

The target of the raids has been a major target for local gardai for years and has multiple previous convictions including for serious driving offences.

He has been involved in a number of local feuds and has served a number of short jail terms including on charges of threatening to kill and was attacked while serving one of those sentences.

Senior sources say that he is a long-time associate of Patrick Irwin and one of his most trusted gang members.

Irwin who had links to slain crimelord Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne and other dangerous Dublin based gangsters was released from jail in August, 2018, after serving a consecutive ten year jail sentence for drug dealing and savagely assaulting a garda.

Irwin of St Joseph's Terrace, Sligo, was jailed in 2011 for seven years after he was caught with €67,000 worth of cocaine.

A further three years was added in June 2013 after he was sentenced for breaking the jaw of a Garda Sergeant in an incident in Collooney, Co Sligo.

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A motorbike was also seized.

A motorbike was also seized.

A motorbike was also seized.

In June of last year it was suspected that Irwin’s gang were involved in an elaborate and lucrative plot to smuggle drugs into Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon which was foiled by prison authorities.

In 2012, the Criminal Assets Bureau seized Irwin's home in Dromahair, Co. Leitrim.

It was estimated by CAB to have cost €400,000 when built.

Irwin’s former girlfriend Deirdre Moran (36) was jailed for five years for transporting a gun from Dublin to Sligo for the gang boss.

She had denied the charge at her trial but was found guilty. She was stopped by gardai near the M4 and the gun was found in a sock underneath the front passenger seat.

Gardai had set up a surveillance operation and saw Moran drive into the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre car park where she spent about an hour.

She returned to her car and was seen on her phone appearing to look for another vehicle.

A van and Moran subsequently drove in convoy to a nearby tyre depot.

The driver of the van made contact with Moran and she then turned her car around and drove towards the M4 where she was stopped by gardai.


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