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Kinahan drug lieutenant Barry Fowler spotted in fake DHL delivery van despite not working for firm

Tiny details prove that this is a mocked-up van painted to look like it is part of a fleet delivering goods to shoppers all over Ireland.

Barry Fowler driving the fake DHL van.

Barry Fowler

Barry Fowler in what appears to be a delivery driver uniform.

Nicola Tallant

KInahan drug lieutenant Barry Fowler is photographed driving what looks like a DHL van and dressed up in a delivery driver uniform.

But on closer inspection it seems that Fowler is spending his time in disguise in a van that has nothing to do with the delivery company or its services.

Tiny details prove that this is a mocked-up van painted to look like it is part of a fleet delivering goods to shoppers all over Ireland.

No employee by the name Barry Fowler works for DHL and the company say that anyone with convictions would not pass their strict vetting systems.

Barry Fowler in what appears to be a delivery driver uniform.

An investigation was launched this week into how Fowler got his hands on the van and preliminary results have found that he may have sourced it from a garage, which will now come under the spotlight.

The probe into how the convicted drug and gun trafficker ended up behind the wheel of his very own 'DHL' van got underway after he was spotted by a Sunday World surveillance team.

Fowler has been recently released from prison after serving a seven-and-a-half year sentence on drug and weapons charges.

While on bail for the offences he was caught with a fake passport.

Fowler is listed as a serious organised criminal with associations deep into the Kinahan mob and is a long-time pal of gangland heavy Paul Rice.

The Criminal Assets Bureau have recently issued a proceeds-of-crime case against him after they seized a number of jet skis and other items from him during a raid a number of years ago.

Our undercover team have been watching Fowler for weeks as he comes and goes from his home at The Crescent, in Millbrook Lawn, in Tallaght.

He regularly pulls in driving the 'DHL' van and has been spotted in the red delivery uniform on a number of occasions as he meets with young men.

On occasions, two 'DHL' vans are parked up around his house and he has been observed swapping from one to another.

Barry Fowler

DHL and other delivery drivers, are exempt from restrictions and can work and make their way around the city undeterred by Covid-19 lockdowns.

Gardaí have been investigating Fowler for years and they are also probing his activities in order to establish why he has been moonlighting as a delivery driver.

In 2015, Fowler (36) was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after a court heard that he led gardaí to a van containing more than €370,000 of drugs when he failed to use the indicators on his car.

Fowler was driving a BMW three years previous when he was picked up by officers patrolling the streets and when he sped off they gave chase.

Gardaí trailed him to the basement of an apartment complex where an alarm fob on his keys led officers to a transit van containing the drugs.

Fowler is a top target of gardaí in the Tallaght and Clondalkin areas and pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a sawn-off shotgun and 9mm bullets at the same location as the drugs were nabbed.

Drug tick lists found in his home showed that he was a major wholesaler of drugs at that time in 2012.

When he awaited trial he was caught at Shannon Airport coming off a flight from Alicante in Spain with a false passport.

At the time he was on Job Seeker Allowance, a court later heard.

In 2005, Fowler was driving an uninsured motorbike when he crashed killing a 15-year-old girl.

Two years ago, while he remained behind bars the CAB launched their own investigation into Fowler's wealth and seized two jet skis and identified properties in Wexford linked to him.

During eight searches Rolex watches were also discovered and a large sum of €100,000 in cash was previously discovered.

The case was adjourned at the last hearing of the Proceeds of Crime list and lists his partner Lorna Palmer as the second respondent.

In a statement DHL said: "DHL Express can confirm that there is no individual employed by DHL Express, either directly or indirectly, by the name of Barry Fowler.

"We have very stringent security policies and protocols. The results of our initial investigations indicate that the branded vehicles in question have not infiltrated our network or had any access to our customers shipments.

"The security and safety of our people, our network, our customers and the general public is our highest priority.

"Our security team carry out a detailed five-year background check on every potential employee or delivery contractor alongside or international 'Denied Parties' screening process.

"An applicant with the known background of the named individual would not pass our security screening program.

"The images in question suggest fraudulent use of a vehicle branded as DHL, which is of utmost concern. The matter is under investigation and any inappropriate or illegal use of any DHL vehicle or the DHL brand will be reported to relevant authorities."

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