Volatile gangster caught with drug supply in prison
A volatile gangster was caught hiding heroin, cannabis and a mobile phone behind a panel above the toilet bowl in his prison cell.
Dean Reynolds (25), who was originally jailed for six years in July 2012, committed the offence at Mountjoy Prison in 2014.
The convicted drug dealer pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a mobile phone and heroin and cannabis for sale or supply in the prison.
Reynolds, of Windmill Park, Crumlin, is connected to gangland players in the Crumlin area who are involved in a bitter feud that has seen numerous violent incidents in the past year.
Associates of Reynolds are the chief suspects in the gruesome murder of innocent dad-of-three Stephen Lynch in April.
Mr Lynch (32) was deliberately run over by a car in Brookview Close, Tallaght.
Detectives quickly identified the four men in the car, who were collecting drug debts.
There have been a number of arrests in the case and armed gardai have raided homes linked to Reynolds' associates.
Armed gardai have seized weapons on a number of occasions, preventing serious attacks being carried out.
Sources said there has been a dozen serious incidents linked to the dispute in recent months, including a house that was "shot-up" earlier this year.
Reynolds has been well known to gardai since he was a teenager and his associates are suspected of a bomb attack at a Crumlin house a few years ago.
His associates are also suspects in the botched murder of rival Crumlin gangster Karl Fay, who was shot in a park near Milltown Bridge in the south Dublin suburb in April 2011.
The then 21-year-old staggered to the Dropping Well pub on the banks of the River Dodder, where customers contacted the emergency services.
At Dublin Circuit Court on Wednesday, Judge Karen O'Connor gave Reynolds a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for the 2014 prison cell drugs offence.
She suspended the final 15 months provided Reynolds keeps the peace, is of good behaviour and engages with probation services upon release.
Reynolds was given a 12-month sentence for the mobile phone offence. The two sentences will run concurrently.
Detective Garda Jason Weir told Derek Cooney, prosecuting, that Reynolds was serving a sentence in Mountjoy Prison when prison officers searched his cell.
A sock hanging from a pipe using a lace was discovered hidden behind an access panel above the toilet bowl.
The panel was held in place with screws and officers opened this to search behind it.
Inside the sock they found the mobile phone, a spare battery, €40 of cannabis herb and €360 of heroin.
Reynolds' previous convictions include a number of drug dealing offences, as well as convictions for assault causing harm, criminal damage, and possession of firearms and ammunition.