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Wednesday 29 March 2017

20 cars seized in raid on garage owned by son of notorious drug dealer

Gardai joined the early morning raid, during which cars were loaded on to transporters
Gardai joined the early morning raid, during which cars were loaded on to transporters

CAB and Revenue officers have seized 20 vehicles from the motor sales business owned by the son of a notorious drug trafficker.

The Titanium Motor Company on Milltown Cross, Nangor Road, Clondalkin, was raided early yesterday morning as part of an investigation into VAT and VRT fraud.

The business is owned by Lee Boggans, the son of convicted criminal Alan Boggans.

The officials, who were backed by gardai, removed the vehicles on the back of transporters and they were impounded at a secure location.

Many of the vehicles seized appeared to have UK registration plates and included Fiats, Hyundais, Renaults and Volkswagens.

The operation took most of the working day, during which Lee Boggans was seen on the premises making phone calls and talking with gardai and CAB officers.

Alan Boggans is a car dealer who was jailed for 13 years in 2013 for possessing more than €1.9m worth of cannabis resin.

Skilful

Gardai discovered 330kg the drug, worth €1.9m, in balls and nine-ounce bars in the back of a van at Celtic Truck Wash, College Road, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole in September 2009.

Alan Boggans pleaded not guilty to possessing the drugs for sale or supply.

During the trial Judge Patrick McCartan praised the "very professional and skilful" intelligence and surveillance work done by gardai in tracking down those involved.

He said the case against Alan Boggans was overwhelming, branding him the operator in charge of the entire consignment.

Gardai found him standing at the rear of the van with its doors open revealing the stash of drugs.

Alan Boggans' fingerprints were found on the van, suggesting he had been inside, and two phones picked up at the scene showed considerable traffic between him and two others involved in moving the drugs.

He was arrested after a short chase and denied any knowledge of the drugs, repeatedly telling gardai that he knew "nothing about any drugs".When asked why he ran off when gardai raided the site, Alan Boggans replied: "I ran in fright. It was just an instinct."

He told gardai he was in the business park that day to look at 10 repossessed cars in the hope of submitting a tender to the bank in order to buy them.

Judge McCartan praised gardai following the trial for their work.

"Invariably it is the man further down the ladder; the driver, the courier, the mule (that is caught).

"The court has to send out a very definite message to others involved in drugs in this way that they can expect no mercy," he said.

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