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John Gilligan

John Gilligan has been released on bail in Spain but has been ordered to surrender his passport and present himself in a courthouse twice as month as the investigation into alleged drug and weapon offences continue.

Gilligan was not expected to win bail but fears of Covid amongst the prison population in Alicante is understood to be behind the u-turn by judicial authorities.

The criminal has returned to the villa in Torrevieja which is the same property where he was arrested with drugs and where a gun was discovered in the garden outside.

The 68 year old has also been banned from leaving Spain and will have to sign on every fortnight at court.

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Spanish police seized 11,000 zopiclone pills in John Gilligan’s home

Spanish police seized 11,000 zopiclone pills in John Gilligan’s home

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Spanish police seized 11,000 zopiclone pills in John Gilligan’s home

He was one of six arrested as part of an investigation by Spanish police into a drug dealing network exporting zimovane and cannabis in the postal system.

A massive four kilos of marijuana and 15,000 sleeping pills were discovered during the raid.

Gilligan had been expected to stay behind bars for at least six months and could have been kept in prison without charge for at least two years.

A judicial source indicated the ongoing court probe by an investigating judge tasked with deciding whether Gilligan and the five other suspects should be put on trial, was nearly at an end.

The insider added of Gilligan’s shock release: “The individual’s defence lawyer requested his conditional release on bail and the state prosecution service did not oppose the request.

“The court agreed to release this person on bail because it considers the investigation is nearly completed and less burdensome measures can be adopted for the person under investigation that will also guarantee he does not escape the action of justice.

“As conditions of his release, as well as the payment of bail, he has been banned from leaving Spain, his passport has been removed and he has to sign on every fortnight at court.

“The investigation against this person and five others is ongoing.”

Gilligan and the five other people held with him on October 20 are being investigated as part of a probe opened into alleged public health crimes, unlawful possession of firearms and membership of a criminal gang.

They have not yet been charged, as formal charges are only laid in Spain shortly before trial.

All six are currently classified as ‘investigados’ under Spanish law, which means simply that they are under formal investigation on suspicion of having committed the crimes they are being probed over.

State prosecutors have not yet been invited to submit a formal accusation against them in the form of an indictment.

Well-placed sources said at the time of the arrests the raid on the drugs baron’s villa crucially took place as he was preparing a delivery to Ireland of marihuana and zimmos.

The insider said Gilligan was inside his home with part of the consignment and another two suspects were in a car outside with a further two boxes due to be sent via post.

The drug baron’s current partner was the only woman held. The Irishman, Spaniard and Colombian who were among the other detainees have not been named.

A Spanish National Police spokesman did not name Gilligan in a force statement at the time but said: “Investigators managed to intercept four postal deliveries in Spain in which four kilos of marihuana and 15,000 pills had been hidden.

Gilligan was the only one of the six detainees who was remanded in prison.

His release on bail after less than two months was unexpected as criminal investigations of the sort he is facing can take months and even years in some cases to complete in Spain.

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