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PROTEGE Gardaí target young drug-dealing criminal with ties to 'Fat' Freddie Thompson

Officers suspect that the criminal figure, who is in his 20s, is "making huge amounts of money"

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Fat’ Freddie Thompson has connection to the young gangland suspect.

Fat’ Freddie Thompson has connection to the young gangland suspect.

Fat’ Freddie Thompson has connection to the young gangland suspect.

A major Garda drugs investigation is in place, into a convicted criminal who has very close links to gangland murderer 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.

Officers suspect that the criminal figure, who is in his 20s, is "making huge amounts of money" from a south inner-city street dealing operation.

The thug was released from the high-security ­Portlaoise Prison last June, after he served a lengthy jail sentence for a violent crime committed when he was just a teenager.

The young criminal, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has now become a target for gardai operating in the south-inner city.

"Gardaí are closely watching him and what has become apparent in recent months is that he has become a major player in a pretty lucrative drug-dealing operation," a senior source said.

"He has been shoving his weight around and issuing threats left, right and centre.

"There are about a dozen teenagers ­doing the running for him and dealing to addicts in laneways all around the Thomas Street and Meath Street areas.

"Like the young felllas working for him, this suspect has been regularly spotted travelling around on an ­electronic scooter.

"People are afraid of him, and his ­activities are bringing more drug addicts into the locality," the senior source also stated.

The source explained that the convicted criminal's "patch" is separate to another street-level drug-dealing operation in the Oliver Bond flats which was recently highlighted by the Sunday World.

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Gardaí say the gang leader is making ‘huge amounts of money’ on drugs

Gardaí say the gang leader is making ‘huge amounts of money’ on drugs

Gardaí say the gang leader is making ‘huge amounts of money’ on drugs

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His operation is based closed to a stables in the Molyneux Yard area of the Liberties, many of which were ­demolished by Dublin City Council last May.

"This location had been very ­quiet for many months after that and many of the street dealers who had been operating from there had moved to the O'Devaney Gardens area on the northside.

"But they have been back and very active in recent weeks and this individual is suspected of being at the centre of everything that is going on.

"He has been exerting control," the source explained.

Senior members of the deadly Kinahan cartel were previously involved in a brutal campaign of intimidation against witnesses who gave statements about the young thug when he came before the courts a number of years ago.

The then teenager was ­classified by gardaí as a foot ­soldier in the deadly cartel and has been on the radar of detectives since his primary school days.

A number of witnesses to the in the case were given detailed security advice by gardaí and others had to move from their south inner -city homes because of the threats.

In the build-up to his trial, it emerged that potential witnesses were warned that they would "get a bullet in the head" if they testify against the teenager.

Gardaí told of the "constant threats" that were being issued in a number of south inner-city pubs over the previous weeks and detectives were "monitored the situation".

Gardaí from Kevin Street and Kilmainham Garda stations investigated the sinister death threats but no-one made an official statement against the Kinahan-linked gangsters who carried out the local campaign of terror.

Gardaí also believe that the suspect was groomed into a life of crime by his "mentor" 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, who is serving a life sentence for the feud-related murder of David 'Daithí' Douglas in July, 2016.

Investigations into the his drug dealing network have been also hampered by a lack of ­Garda resources, as drug squad officers in the Garda division have also been busy dealing with three attempted murder cases and one murder case.

The gangster is not a suspect in any of these incidents.

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Discarded drug paraphernalia.

Discarded drug paraphernalia.

Discarded drug paraphernalia.

 

Freddie Thompson is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of father-of-one Daithi Douglas.

Douglas was blasted six times as he took a meal break at the counter of his partner's footwear shop.

He was working with his daughter in the shop on the day when a gunman walked into the premises and shot him dead.

At the time of his conviction, Thompson became the most senior member of the Kinahan cartel to be caged for murder.

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