Opposition demand answers in Garda 'drugs collusion' case

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Opposition politicians are to table questions to get answers as to why charges were dropped against drug-dealer Kieran Boylan. Boylan, when interviewed by Gardai, claimed that he was involved in an 'extra-judicial' operations for the Gardai involving the entrapment of individuals with drugs supplied to them by Boylan. Boylan apparently told Gardai that if the case against him got to court he would expose these activities on behalf of the Gardai. The Garda Ombudsman has refused to set up an inquiry, and politicians are calling on Dermot Ahern to set up a public inquiry to investigate.

Joe Costello, a Labour party TD, described the decision as “incredible” but said another type of official inquiry could be arranged.

“I believe Dermot Ahern \ can use his powers to organise an inquiry. The public have a right to know what happened because the issues involved are so serious,” Costello said.

The government has previously asked senior civil servants to investigate allegations of garda malpractice in special circumstances. The Oireachtas justice committee could also be asked to inquire into the affair, which some gardai say is similar to the Donegal corruption scandal that led to the Morris tribunal.

Charlie Flanagan, Fine Gael spokesman on justice, said he was disappointed by the garda ombudsman’s response but said answers could be obtained in the Dail. “I will be asking the minister to make a full statement,” he said. “This is a serious matter that goes right to the heart of our justice system.”
Separately, a couple in Louth made a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman that their lives were threatened after they reported a drugs find set up by Boylan to the Gardai. The Ombudsman is investigating this, but apparently lack of evidence will mean that the inquiry is 'inconclusive'.

While it must be said that there is no proof of any Garda malpractice or cover-up, and that it might be explainable, some Gardai seem to think it stinks.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 641780.ece
 


stewiegriffin

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The less noble side of the' war on drugs' . Foxes running with the hounds and all that . Its totally unacceptable policing .
 

pikey

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Its a border county too , its not like the cops there dont have form .
 

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Im surprised how this story took seven days to appear on P.ie . I guess noone cares about reality . How close are drug dealers to the gardai ?
 
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Mr Proper said:
Im surprised how this story took seven days to appear on P.ie . I guess noone cares about reality . How close are drug dealers and the gardai ?
It's in this morning's edition of the ST. According to the dealer himself, he was acting on orders from certain Gardai to entrap people in petty drug offences. According to the couple who reported his drug deposit, their lives were threatened, which begs the question by whom, and how did they know of the report to Gardai?
 

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It was in it last week too afaik.
 

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This could kill off the "just a few rotten apples" excuse trotted out regularly by the apologists for garda crime.
 

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This is happening country wide.. go into any reasonable sized town in the country, and there are a few gurriers who everyone knows are involved in crime, but who never seem to be put away.. touts for the Guards is what most of them are... its the seedy underbelly of Irish justice really
 
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Latest update, Boylan is being questioned by an internal garda investigation team:

Drug dealer questioned in garda corruption probe - Times Online

TDs last week described an 'appalling vista' similar to that exposed in Donegal.

Joe Costello, a Labour party TD, said gardai had turned “a blind eye” to Boylan’s importation and distribution of hard drugs as long as they obtained convictions against smaller dealers who were also involved in the illegal drug business. “He was allegedly used by certain gardai who colluded with him in illegal entrapment operations involving drug seizures. His threats to disclose details of his relationship with members of the force made him virtually immune from prosecution,” said Costello.
 

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its believed an individual was permitted regularly import large quantities of heroin and cocaine unmolested for years whilst regularly setting up very minor figures for arrest and allowing certain gardai to gain promotion through their subsequent finds . The fact that innocent citizens who reported the whereabouts of a drugs stash to gardai found themselves being threatened with death by a drug dealer immediately afterwards is a very serious issue . But not one that anyone with a clue about what regularly goes on inside certain sections of the garda detective units would be any way surprised about .
 

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Guys seriously, how do you think the Gardai make these drug arrests? Of course they have their own patsy dealers in EVERY town in Ireland. This Boylan guy just happened to make the papers.

Policing is a reactionary activity, Gardai get info and they act on it. The info has to come from somewhere.

The Gardai KNOW who the big importers and dealers are. In a way they're incentivised to not haul them through the courts; if they find a guy they can work with they'll use him for their own ends, for promotion like Merle said.

I wouldn't go so far as to say I know Gardai are taking a cut from these drug importers/dealers, but it has to be a likely possibility in some cases. They go hand in hand, importers cannot be successful in the long term without having some Gardai on their side.
 
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The less noble side of the' war on drugs' . Foxes running with the hounds and all that . Its totally unacceptable policing .
The industry knows it has to throw the police a bone every now and then. The police know that there is far too much wealth to be obtained from drug dealing to ever be able stop it. There´s only 3000 prison places!

They could go on an arresting blitz, and have all 3000 places successfully filled within weeks, all from drug arrests. And then the prisons are overfull, and there are still tens of thousands of ambitious young men happy to sell drugs, with hundreds of thousands happy to buy it from then.

A completely impossible situation. OF COURSE the police reach an understanding with the existing dealers. It´s the only possible course for them. It´s like NATO in Afghanistan.

Arguably, it is the only responsible option for policemen, simply to make bargains with the more reasonable dealers to try and minimize the bloodshed, and don´t sell to underage people, etc. Quid pro quo, every few weeks the police force "finds" a big haul, held by two low-level nobodies, whom the cartels are happy to be rid of.

Every single one of these major "finds" is, I would guess, the result of a high-level dealer kingpin giving them the time and place to pick up a nice headline.
 
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The intimidation of two respectable and innocent witnesses, possibly on a tip-off from within the force; the setting up of young idiots, minor pawns in the drugs chain; and the near impunity given to a bigger player in that world. This isn't just a case of the Gardai cutting corners, it's possibly a criminal conspiracy.
 


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