Fears grow for man who had €60k debt to drugs crimelord
Heroin addict Mr Maughan (34) has not been seen for eight days
CONCERNS are growing for missing Tallaght man William Maughan who was in debt to one of the capital's most dangerous drugs gangs.
Heroin addict Mr Maughan (34) has not been seen for eight days and gardai are investigating if the gang is responsible for his disappearance, including the possibility that he has been murdered.
His debt to the notorious criminals is understood to be around €60,000.
Senior sources also said that it is possible Mr Maughan may have fled the country with his eastern European girlfriend because of the massive debt owed to a violent Drogheda drugs dealer.
The Herald can reveal that up to 30 gardai spent the weekend searching a disused quarry in Gormanston, Co Meath, and a property in Balbriggan, but no trace was found of Mr Maughan or his partner.
Underworld sources said last night that Maughan may have fled to Spain.
Gardai, meanwhile, are said to be "keeping an open mind on the matter". "There is major concern about this man - he had lots of enemies because of the debt, but he also sold his caravan before he went missing," a senior source said.
"However, there is information that he was taken in by a Traveller gang boss who already had one of his rivals murdered last year in north Dublin and may have done the same thing here."
Mr Maughan is well-known to gardai in Dublin and Cavan but is not currently facing charges .
He was arrested last month in relation to a stabbing attack at Hampton Street, Balbriggan, that happened at around 4.10am on February 21.
Gardai who answered an emergency call found a man bleeding on the street. He was conscious and talking to gardai when a silver Ford Focus passed at speed.
The injured man claimed his attacker was in the car.
The victim was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where he was treated for three stab wounds to his body.
He later claimed that he had also been run over by the Ford Focus used by the alleged assailant, but gardai say there was no evidence to support that claim.
A car chase ensued after the stab attack, but no arrests were made that night.
Mr Maughan was arrested on March 25 and was later released without charge. A file on that case has been sent to the DPP.
The stab attack is not thought to have anything to do with his disappearance.
Mr Maughan was last seen between 2pm and 3pm last Tuesday in the Gormanston area.
He is 5ft 8in tall, of athletic build, with brown shaved hair and green eyes. It is not known what he was wearing when last seen. Gardai said he frequents the Balbriggan, Stamullen and Gormanston areas.