'Mr Big' is isolated and broke as pressure from rivals and gardai mounts
A major crime lord nicknamed 'Mr Big', once one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the country, is completely broke and isolated from many of his former cronies, the Herald can reveal.
The Coolock-based gangster - whose mob are suspected of organising the murder of Real IRA figure Alan Ryan over three years ago - has been left "extremely paranoid and frustrated", sources said.
It has now emerged that a rival family-based drugs gang has moved in on much of Mr Big's north-Dublin patch.
"He has run out of money because the gardai have managed to intercept at least three major drugs shipments which he was involved with in the last 18 months," a source said.
"Because there is so much of a massive threat on his life, he is unable to get drugs on tick because no one wants to run the risk of losing money if he gets whacked."
Many of Mr Big's key associates have fled the country, which means that the mobster - who is aged in his early 30s - has been left isolated.
"Not everyone has turned their back on him, he often goes around with a 28-year-old criminal from the Darndale area who is suspected of being involved in a very bad knife attack on a younger man a number of weeks ago.
"This incident had nothing to do with Mr Big, who has really been trying to keep his head down, as he is completely paranoid about being shot dead," the source said.
Another major problem for Mr Big is the fact that he is facing very serious charges before the courts, which could lead to a hefty jail sentence, and he is being constantly monitored by armed garda units.
"He needs to keep a curfew as part of his bail conditions and gardai have been doing a good job of making sure that he is at home when he is meant to be there," the source said.
"This often involves officers knocking at his house at night, which is not something he is very happy about at all."
Apart from the serious criminal charges that Mr Big is facing, the mobster is also a huge target for the Criminal Assets Bureau, which is seizing cash, vehicles and property from him through the courts.
"That gang's involvement in organising the Alan Ryan murder has brought nothing but bad luck to them, it is something they must really regret at this stage," the source said.
"Up until Mr Big got into a feud with the Real IRA he was able to operate in the shadows, but now he is under severe pressure from every direction."
Of particular concern is that a rival family-based gang have moved on to Mr Big's drugs turf on the capital's northside and are said to be making a "fortune" in recent months.
The leader of this gang was one of the main targets of the international police investigation codenamed Operation Majesty in September 2013.