Kildare Hub For Drug Gangs Gardai

2 Dec

Kildare Hub for Drug Gangs Gardai

By J. P. Anderson

Kildare is now a favourite distribution point for Dublin drugs gangs, who want to move their business out of the capital; we are informed by the lead story in the Leinster Leader a local weekly newspaper which quotes Sergeant Con O’Sullivan, head of the Kildare Drug Unit.

The Garda was speaking in the wake of the fourth massive drugs haul in the county in recent weeks, totalling more than €1m. In value.

The Hauls included two kilos of heroin worth €400,000 found in a search of an apartment in Abbeylands, Clane on 23rd November.

Cocaine valued at €5,000, plus drug making paraphernalia, was also seized during the raid. The operation was carried out by The Dublin-Castle based National Drugs Unit as part of their on-going operations in the Kildare area which is targeting a large and complex organised crime set up over a period of more than twenty years past, and the main operation is organised by Troy Jordan recently exposed publicly by the Sunday World newspaper, but has been well known to Gardai since his early teenage years when he began dealing drugs in his native Kilnamanagh Estate in Tallaght in south-west Dublin.

In 1995, Troy Jordan suddenly went missing from around Tallaght and the Tallaght Drugs Unit heard that he was somewhere in the Allenwood North Area of Kildare. Wanting to keep tabs on Jordan, security sources soon traced him to a house which he had then started to build between Coil Dubh village and Robertstown.

Undercover Gardai now kept the partly built house under constant watch as the local community became seriously concerned that somebody (although young) who already had a reputation as a serious drug dealer in Tallaght should be moving into their local community.

The locality already had gang boss John Gilligan and his son plus several gang members, each presenting with serious criminal profiles living in their locality.

John McKeown, who was recently lured to Spain where he vanished (belived murdered on the orders of John Gilligan) was in the locality and himself and other major Gangland figures met on a weekly basis in a pub on Main Street Naas, where they planned each phase of their drug import/export and local distribution networks.

However, McKeown from Tyrone received a six year sentence for importing a large shipment of cannabis from a mother-ship onto a beach in the west of Ireland.

The Gardai had been expecting the importation and caught the group red-handed at the beach.

Informed undercover sources, believe that the other mobsters felt that John McKeown was a Garda informant and had been setting them up for the Gardai, whom at that time had seized considerable amounts of drugs both in The State and en-route into and out of the state to and from other destinations in Europe.

Liam Judge, was a local man (his IQ would be considered as low be average standards of intelligence), who emerged from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, having served a six month sentence for a minor offence. Liam suddenly became quite affluent and had an unending supply of cash – much of it forged currency as many a local trader was to discover to their cost.

Setting up a tyre business beside his home in Allenwood and later establishing a transport business, putting several Lorries on the road, Liam was moving into the big-time with the help of John Gilligan’s drugs money. But the good times were to come to an end when Liam died in Spain having overdosed on Tracy Gilligan (the boss’s daughter), drink, cannabis and cocaine.

One serious and dangerous Dublin criminal who had served 10 years in the (Curragh Army Prison), rated as too dangerous to be held in a civilian prison, for his role in an armed robbery on the Dublin Docks moved into Robertstown West where he is alleged to have shot a local young man in the legs with a shotgun, after the man had complained to the local Gardai about the noise an the large volume of comings and goings during both day and night from the house lived in by the now discharged dangerous criminal. The local Gardai promptly acted on the matter (but without regard to the person that the complaint referred to).

By now other locals apart from Liam Judge had gotten in on the act. And in about 1995, a local man recruited by Liam Judge to drive on the Continent and carry back drugs was caught red-handed with a large quantity of E tablets as he came into port on the Holyhead – DunLaoghaire Ferry. He received eight years in prison.

Still another major player a local who runs a second hand car and nursery business at Cross-Patrick near Kilmeague and his sons played a key role in the drugs import/export and domestic supply of drugs.

Yet another major player who runs an international road haulage business from his home near Allenwood South is known to Gardai as a big wheel in the totality of the drugs import/export and domestic supply business using his lorries to transport drugs all over Europe, but usually the lorries caught with drugs on board are not driven by Mr K……’s drivers.

Other main players in the criminal underworld have also moved into the Allenwood/ Robertstown area and within a 20 mile radius of that area, over the past twenty years.

Undercover Gardai and other security sources have consistently targeted the criminal underworld set up in the north Kildare area, as it represents the main operational base for local, national and international members of organised crime gangs involved in gun and drugs crimes in addition to terrorist activities involving the INLA and continuity IRA. At least one murder that of a Dublin bookie shot dead at Healy’s Bridge between Prosperous and Robertstown was attributed by Gardai as the work of a Ballyfermot (Dublin) gang who had and still have strong connections with the Robertstown/West area of the county.

At least fifty other Dublin Gangland figures have implanted themselves into that area they are mostly all connected to each other mostly own horses and are engaged in dog-fighting.

Whatever the end outcome, it will take many years, some very serious police work and the sheer organised determination of the native local community to drive them back into their city slums that they crawled out of in the first instance.

The Leinster Leader should have the ‘bottle’ to name people who appear in court on serious drug and other charges, thereby allowing local communities to know who their children and communities are in danger from, and not to be protecting serious criminal figures by use of the title (‘A Kildare Man’).

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