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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Cocaine garda was arrested after party

Operation: Detectives watched meeting with dealer

A garda suspended for possessing cocaine was arrested hours after attending a belated Christmas party at his station.

The officer enjoyed a turkey and ham dinner at his station in G District, which covers Crumlin and Sundrive Road, before heading to a pub in the city centre, the Herald has learned.

Afterwards, the garda and colleagues went on a drinking session which ended up at an early house in the north inner city.

The garda was arrested at Ormond Quay shortly afterwards, after meeting with a known drug dealer.

It is understood that the garda went to meet his cocaine dealer on Ormonde Quay on Monday afternoon to keep his party going but he was unaware he was being watched by officers from the Internal Affairs Unit.

Internal Affairs were aware of the party and intercepted the garda after he was involved in a cocaine transaction.

A colleague of the garda who forms the second part of the two-man crew of a garda patrol car has also been suspended.

The Herald has also learned that the officer found with the cocaine is suspected of dealing drugs since before he joined the force.

The garda is also believed to have used special code words to hide the identities of his suppliers.

There are also unconfirmed reports that the officer may have been supplying information on the movements of associates of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson to his bitter Crumlin-Drimnagh rivals.

Officers investigating the cocaine ring are now trawling through mobile phone and computer records for the two suspended officers to determine whether they have had any contact with organised crime elements.

The first garda was arrested following a sting operation on Monday in which he was discovered in possession of 10 grammes of cocaine with a street value of around €800.



Suspended

It is believed that a portion of the cocaine seized was for a second garda, who was suspended on Wednesday afternoon.

The garda arrested on Monday was released without charge and a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

In spite of his release, he remains suspended while the investigation is conducted.

The garda's suspected supplier arrested on Monday was also released without charge and a file has been prepared for the DPP.

The second garda, who is based at the same station, was informed of his suspension on Wednesday afternoon.

He had not been detained for questioning although he had been interviewed at length by the investigation team.

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