Well-known Irish criminal John Gilligan has actually been jailed in Spain after a global drug trafficking examination.
The criminal offense employer was among six people jailed during the raid on a home in Alicante on Friday following an operation by Spanish, Irish and UK authorities.
Police seized 4 kgs of cannabis, 15,000 tablets, cash, documents and smart phones, which are all stated to be linked to drug trafficking.
A Colt Python revolver was also discovered buried in the garden, and is thought to be the exact same make and model used to murder journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996.
Spanish police state they are now examining with Irish counterparts whether this weapon is the real murder weapon.
Footage of Friday’s raid was published to Twitter by cops, and shows 68- year-old Gilligan being led away in handcuffs.
It likewise shows officers unearthing the revolver outside.
In a statement, Policia Nacional said individuals jailed were led by a “popular Irish criminal” and were also part of “a violent group of drug and arms traffickers”.
According to Spanish authorities, the examination began in 2015 after the settling of a gang led by “a popular Irish criminal” in Alicante.
They stated on Friday this investigation had resulted in “the overall dismantling of the criminal organisation”.
On The Other Hand, Ms Guerin’s bro Jimmy said he was “stunned” over the discovery of the revolver, but was sceptical about the link with his sis’s death.
He said: “I think it’s speculative but I do not believe the Spanish authorities are reckless. I’m simply sceptical.
” I was notified of the developments prior to they became public and it has actually come as a surprise.
” But I ‘d be sceptical if a gun that was used on the Naas Roadway turned up in a garden in Spain. Why would you take the danger of bringing it out of the country?”
Gilligan, who was sentenced to 28 years in prison for drug trafficking in 2001, was acquitted of the reporter’s murder in the very same year after a 43- day trial at the Special Criminal Court.
He was released from prison in 2013.
Judge Diarmuid O’Donovan said at the time of the trial that there were “severe suspicions” about Gilligan’s participation in Ms Guerin’s death, however stated there was insufficient proof produced to produce a conviction.