gangster nabbed Irish mobster on the run for 13 years is arrested by Spanish cops
AN Irish gangster who has been on-the-run for a staggering 13 years is finally in custody after being arrested in the south of Spain.
The 54-year-old criminal, who was once considered one of the main drug traffickers in south Dublin and north Wicklow, was arrested by Spanish police following a surveillance operation.
He was one of the longest-term fugitives from Irish law and has been hiding in continental Europe since 2007.
He is currently housed in a tough prison in Madrid awaiting an extradition hearing.
The middle-aged suspect was detained on foot a European Arrest Warrant issued by Irish authorities after he absconded while on bail.
He is facing charges in relation to a €1.4 million seizure of cocaine and heroin in Carrickmines, south Dublin, at the height of the Celtic Tiger coke epidemic.
“He was certainly one of the main men in terms of organised crime here in that era and all the indications are that he has still has very serious links to gangs that are currently operating here,” a senior source said last night.
“This individual has been on the run for over 13 years, which is a very rare thing, but he is now finally in custody and is expected to be returned back here in the coming weeks once the extradition hearing is finalised.”
Ironically, it is understood several senior officers based in the Blackrock drugs unit in south Dublin who led the investigation have now retired, but this is not expected to have any bearing on his expected prosecution here at Dublin Circuit Court.
The arrested man has not yet indicated whether he will fight extradition proceedings.
The 54-year-old kingpin is just the latest Irish gangster to be arrested by Spanish police after a tip-off from gardai, as co-operation between the two forces continues.
Others nabbed include notorious Kinahan cartel aligned criminal Glen Holland (37), who was arrested in prison earlier this month as part of the investigation into intimidation in the Adrian Donohoe murder trial.
Back in 2017, heavily-armed Spanish police arrested north inner city thug Holland under a European Arrest Warrant after he spent over six years on the run from gardai after being charged with serious drugs and firearms offences.
Spanish police even released a dramatic video of Holland being arrested, with armed police storming the bedroom of his secret hideaway.
Holland later pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in February, 2018, to possession of two handguns, ammunition and possession of cocaine for sale or supply on September 20, 2010 at Rory O'Connor House in Dublin city, which were seized as part of the investigation into the murder of Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne.
Another high-profile Dublin criminal arrested by police in Spain was Jason O’Driscoll (37), who police said was lifted in very different circumstances, with authorities saying they used “absolute discretion” to make sure they did not alarm other passengers as he touched down at Alicante Airport on a flight from Belfast.
He was convicted in March, 2018, of murdering 31-year-old Anthony Burnett and 25-year-old Joseph Redmond, in Co. Louth on March 7th, 2012.