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Monday 22 April 2019

Third gangland suspect arrested in feud intimidation probe

Paralysed Owen Maguire
Paralysed Owen Maguire

Gardai have arrested a third member of the gang opposed to the Owen Maguire faction as part of a major operation into drug-fuelled intimidation in Drogheda.

The key gang member, aged in his mid-20s, was being held at Drogheda Garda Station as part of the massive investigation into the bloody feud in the town.

A 21-year-old close associate of his has been locked up this week after his bail was revoked at a court hearing in relation to the same garda probe.

Gardai announced details of the third arrest in their investigation yesterday.

"Gardai have arrested a third man, sought in connection with an ongoing investigation by An Garda Siochana in the Louth Division in response to the issue of drug-related intimidation behaviour in the Drogheda and mid-Louth areas," a garda spokesman said.

Two men, both aged 21, who are considered to be key players in the Drogheda gang feud were arrested during four searches by armed gardai in the troubled town on Wednesday morning.

Paralysed

The raids happened as it was revealed that rival mob boss Maguire is finally due to be discharged from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital after suitable accommodation has been found for the paralysed gangster in the Co Louth town.

Maguire has been receiving hospital treatment ever since he survived a feud-related shooting outside his home last July.

However, he had still not left the hospital last night.

All three who have been arrested are on bail for serious charges.

The attempted murder of Maguire inflamed the deadly Drogheda feud, which has seen dozens of violent incidents since then.

These include shootings, pipe bomb and petrol bomb attacks, assaults, intimidation, death threats and major seizures of drugs, cash and weapons by gardai.

Maguire was shot in the stomach and shoulder - and also suffered injuries to both legs and wrists - in the botched hit attempt shortly after midnight on July 5, which left a bullet lodged in his spine.

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