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CRACKDOWN Killer cage fighter prime suspect in Kinahan cartel linked Mountjoy drugs seizure

Mobile phones and €150k in cocaine, heroin and LSD tablets found in latest blow to cartel efforts at controlling illicit goods in Mountjoy


Leszek Syshulec is the prime suspect for handling the drugs and phones

Leszek Syshulec is the prime suspect for handling the drugs and phones

Leszek Syshulec is the prime suspect for handling the drugs and phones

A callous cage fighter who killed a man by beating him senseless before leaving him to drown is the prime suspect for handling the huge stash of drugs and phones seized in Mountjoy Prison this week.

Leszek Sychulec, who is serving life for the 2014 murder of Patryk Krupa (23) in Athlone, had been serving his time on the prison’s C landing – where a major haul of contraband items were discovered this week.

Hidden behind a panel in a toilet area, the haul included an estimated 14,000 LSD tabs along with quantities of cocaine, heroin and several hundred other tablets, according to sources.

Also found in the search were 15 mobile phones, including smart phones and miniature mobiles which are easily concealed.

Thought to be worth just under €150,000, drugs can sell for three or four times the price inside prison compared to on the outside. It is believed the contraband was organised by inmates connected to the Kinahan cartel, which controls drugs supply in the prison.


Patryk Krupa

Patryk Krupa

Patryk Krupa


in 2014, cage-fighter Sychulec and another man abducted Patryk Krupa off the street before beating him unconscious and leaving him to drown in the River Shannon.

Their victim had been walking to the gym with his two friends when a black BMW stopped beside them and two men got out.

One of the attackers headbutted one of Mr Krupa’s friends and told them to f**k off before they disappeared down an alley with him.

The friends were worried as they knew that Mr Krupa owed some money to a man and began a search for him around the town along with his pregnant partner. They found the him floating face down in the Shannon, but were unable to revive him.

A man who had been instructed by Sychulec and the other man to help find Krupa gave evidence of how their victim was beaten in the back of the car. He said that Mr Krupa was crying, ‘I pay’, as they continued to beat him, before dragging him to the river.

The court heard that he was unconscious but alive when thrown in the water.

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When Sychulec was arrested the following day, Mr Krupa’s DNA was found in blood on his watch and sock.

When he was first charged with murder dozens of people gathered at the District Court in Athlone where armed gardaí were drafted in.

At his sentence hearing, Patryk Krupa’s mother’s victim impact statement was read out: “I keep dreaming about how he was beaten and kicked and dragged into the water. The two drag marks were there for a very long time after the day.”

The recent drugs seizure in Mountjoy is now being investigated by the gardaí along with a previous stash uncovered last November.

An official spokesperson said this week: “The Irish Prison Service can confirm that a substantial seizure of contraband has been seized in Mountjoy Prison on the 12 October 2021.”

It was strongly suspected the delivery last November, which included more than 20 phones and two bags of suspected cocaine, was intended for inmates linked to the Kinahan cartel, whose members are the dominant faction in Mountjoy and are believed to control the supply of illicit goods inside.

Sources say prison bosses are deliberately trying to disrupt the activities of the Kinahan cartel by moving gangsters around the prison system.

Recently, Finglas criminal Gary Thompson (36) had been suspected of exerting control over inmates in Mountjoy, and was moved to Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon last month before being moved again shortly afterwards to the Midlands Prison.

It is suspected that the gangster – who is serving 12-and-a-half years for his role in a plot to kill The Monk's brother Patrick ‘Patsy’ Hutch for the cartel – arrived at Catslerea Prison with a package of drugs which he distributed among other inmates in the jail.

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