Friday 15 December 2017

Dad jailed over €3m drugs and firearms linked to 'The Family'

Jason Rowe was jailed for five years for drugs and firearms offences linked to the haul of weapons seized by gardai
Jason Rowe was jailed for five years for drugs and firearms offences linked to the haul of weapons seized by gardai

A father-of-four who was caught with over €3m worth of drugs, three sub-machine guns, two pistols and ammunition, was working for the notorious west Dublin drugs gang nicknamed 'The Family', the Herald can reveal.

Yesterday, Jason Rowe (40) from Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot, was jailed for a total of five years at Dublin Circuit Court for these offences which happened when gardai raided his home and a unit in Bluebell Industrial Estate on February 9 and 10 last year.


The largest consignment of drugs, €2.69m worth of heroin, was stored in plain sight in the premises Rowe had been using for car repairs.

The court heard that suspicious material associated with the preparation of drugs was found in Rowe's van on February 9, 2015. This led to gardai raiding his home.

The drugs and guns were found in the attic of a recently converted shed out the back of the house.

A 3kg package of cocaine, worth €210,567 and 869 grammes of heroin, worth €130,440, were found between the rafters under the insulation.

A pistol together with its magazine was found in a holdall behind a light well, as was a sub-machine gun.

Two further sub-machine guns were found in the right and left leg of a pair of tracksuit bottoms, while 15 rounds of ammunition were also found.

Rowe was arrested and gardai searched the premises in the Bluebell Industrial Estate the following day where the large amount of heroin and a further €34,776 worth of cocaine was discovered.

A semi-automatic pistol, wrapped in a latex glove and hidden in a box was discovered in an upstairs office area along with 7 rounds of 9mm ammunition. A vacuum packing machine, a blender and remnants of silver foil were also found.

The Herald can reveal that gardai believe the weapons and drugs that Rowe was caught with were controlled by a veteran west Dublin gang who have been nicknamed 'The Family' and have been operating for over two decades.

Last June an associate of that mob, Philip Grendon (40) from Ballyfermot was jailed for seven years in Spain after he was caught in a bizarre bust in August, 2013.

Spanish police arrested him after he threw one of two suitcases containing €3.8m worth of cocaine from a Spanish hotel window in a paranoid fit.

Another associate of 'The Family' gang is Brian Grendon (39) who was jailed for six years in December, 2002, for the possession of €1.9m worth of heroin in a Palmerstown pub in November, 2001.

During Brian Grendon's case, a senior detective gave evidence that the gang he was involved with "had in the past used fatal shootings of anyone who compromised their business."

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