Criminal takes advantage of feud to become drugs kingpin
A violent criminal has taken advantage of the capital's gangland feud to make a fortune from drugs in the north inner city, the Herald has learned.
Sources have revealed that he is supplying huge amounts of cocaine and cannabis herb to a network of lower-level dealers. In recent months he has travelled on an exotic holiday to Mexico.
The key to his drugs business success is that he has stayed out of the deadly feud between the Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob, despite having close links to associates of murdered Gary Hutch.
"The gardai's main focus has been the feud and those involved in it.
"That has meant that operators like this individual who were previously mid-level dealers have now found themselves featuring more prominently in the food chain," a source said.
"This is because many of the more senior dealers who are actively involved in the feud are getting very serious heat from the gardai in terms of searches and surveillance."
The capital's latest drugs kingpin has notched up a number of serious convictions since his teens.
These include firearms offences, drug dealing and extreme violence against a woman.
While serving sentences, he was involved in prison violence and became a target for other gangland criminals behind bars. He was brutally assaulted by other inmates last year.
It can also be revealed that one of his close associates is the chief suspect in the murder of Michael 'Mad Mickey' Devoy (41), who sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head and neck and died on January 18, 2014.
He had been released from Portlaoise Prison only the previous day.
The close associate, who was arrested twice over Devoy's murder, was also a suspect in the fatal shooting last April of innocent man Martin O'Rourke (24). However, his involvement in that feud death has now been ruled out.