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Nine people have how been arrested in the operation against the Gilligan gang that began in 2019.

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John Gilligan.  Pic: Collins Courts

John Gilligan. Pic: Collins Courts

John Gilligan. Pic: Collins Courts

Four people who posted marijuana to the UK from the Costa Blanca in Spain have been arrested by the Policia Nacional.

According to the Olive Press website, the four are members of a gang run by convicted drug dealer John Gilligan, who was arrested during raids last October on Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa addresses

The latest batch of detentions happened in Torrevieja, Pilar de la Horadada and San Miguel de Salinas.

Officers detained a man who ran a marijuana farm at his home; two people who organised the sending of the parcels; and a fourth individual who liaised with contacts in the UK.

No further details have been disclosed about the arrested group or their nationalities.

The Policia National operation also seized documentation and mobile phones.

Nine people have how been arrested in the operation against the Gilligan gang that began in 2019.

He was detained four months ago with five others, including his partner and his son Darren.

He was released from Fontcalent Prison in December after stumping up bail of €12,000 and having his passport taken away.

Gilligan served 17 years behind bars in Ireland for running a large-scale drugs gang in the nineties.

He was also tried in Dublin in 1996 for the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin and was acquitted.

A search of Gilligan’s Torrevieja garden uncovered a buried revolver similar to the one used in Guerin’s killing.

Tests subsequently showed it was not the weapon used in the killing.

Brian Meehan, a member of Gilligan’s gang ,was subsequently convicted of the crime and given a life sentence for the execution.

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