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lift of the CAB Wife of drug suspect John Coone expands beauty business as CAB investigate husband's wealth

Mum-of-seven Pamela Murphy, whose Riverview Aesthetics Limited was searched during a huge garda operation last year, has announced that she is plumping her assets and building her brand

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John and Pamela Coone.

John and Pamela Coone.

John and Pamela Coone.

The wife of money laundering target John Coone is expanding her beauty business as a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) investigation continues into the wealth of her husband's west Cork drugs gang.

Mum-of-seven Pamela Murphy, whose Riverview Aesthetics Limited was searched during a huge garda operation last year, has announced that she is plumping her assets and building her brand.

"Riverview aesthetics are excited to share our wonderful news. We are expanding. We will now be offering our extensive range of aesthetics and laser services in Cork," it was announced, adding that the company was moving into a new salon in Ballyvolane.

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John Coone and Pamela Murphy at her salon.

John Coone and Pamela Murphy at her salon.

John Coone and Pamela Murphy at her salon.

 

"We will continue to offer all beauty services in our Bandon salon... I am beyond excited to be working on this new chapter and to be given the opportunity to build my brand. #dreambig #workhardplayhard #newbeginnings #grateful #aestheticpractitioner."

Riverview Aesthetics is run by Pamela, registered as a co-director of the firm, and was opened in 2018. She has no involvement in criminality.

The couple have continued to lord it up over their neighbours 18 months after they became the focus of one of the biggest raids in rural Ireland in recent criminal history.

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Coone had cash and jewellery seized.

Coone had cash and jewellery seized.

Coone had cash and jewellery seized.

 

John Coone had been on social welfare, but his lifestyle attracted the attention of local profilers who had been trained up by the CAB. Sun holidays, cars and a flash lifestyle had alerted gardai, who suspect he has gone from street dealer to a major drug boss in the south west in a few years.

In February 2020, 120 gardai searched 21 premises linked to Coone, including his wife's cosmetic surgery salon in Bandon, co Cork, where customers have lip fillers, Botox, bum lifts, fat removal and other beauty treatments.

During the raids, cash, jewellery, cars and documents were seized, while a number of bank accounts were frozen. Investigations are proceeding with the case.

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Officers searched the Coone home.

Officers searched the Coone home.

Officers searched the Coone home.

 

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Coone was jailed for a year after he unsuccessfully appealed a conviction for drug dealing in 2012.

Since then, officers suspect he has continued selling drugs and spread his operation out throughout west Cork. Despite claiming social welfare and living in rented accommodation supported by the State, the father-of-seven drove expensive cars and enjoyed fancy holidays, including a trip to Santorini last year, months after the searches.

The Greek trip, taken when others were advised not to holiday, was discussed in the District Court in Bandon when Coone failed to show up on driving charges, claiming he had to isolate after his return from the trip as a fellow passenger had suspected Covid.

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Pamela Murphy runs Riverview Aesthetics.

Pamela Murphy runs Riverview Aesthetics.

Pamela Murphy runs Riverview Aesthetics.

 

When he did appear he pleaded guilty to not having tax and failure to produce documents within 10 days.

It was revealed during the proceedings that Coone was in a Mercedes car that he had bought two months after the garda raids.

Coone has 49 previous convictions, two of which relate to tax matters.

Pamela was banned from driving for a year when she was caught holding a mobile phone.

Officers suspect that Coone has set up a complex money laundering network to wash his money in various businesses including gyms, pubs and even tanning shops.

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Cops suspect John Coone washes dirty money

Cops suspect John Coone washes dirty money

Cops suspect John Coone washes dirty money

 

The raids of which he was the target were co-ordinated with officers from the West Cork Division and Cork City Division along with officers from the CAB.

Units including the Garda Emergency Response Unit, the Southern Region Garda Armed Support Unit, the Garda Dog Unit, the Cork Divisional Search Team as well as local detectives and uniformed gardai were involved.

The raids began when officers first searched 11 residential dwellings including the rental property in West Cork where the Coones lived.

Four business premises and a garage were also searched as well as offices of solicitors and accountants.

A hotel, where a man gardai suspected of selling cocaine regularly stays, was also subject to the search.

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