Killer critically ill after suspected prison overdose

A man was found “unresponsive” in his cell at Mountjoy Prison following a suspected drugs overdose yesterday.

Killer critically ill after suspected prison overdose

The same man had 73 bags of heroin in his cell at Limerick Prison nine years ago.

Gary Campion, aged 32, from Moyross, is serving two life sentences for the 2002 murder of nightclub security doorman Brian Fitzgerald, and the 2006 gangland murder of Frank ‘Fat Frankie’ Ryan.

Campion was rushed by ambulance to the Mater Hospital from his cell at Mountjoy yesterday morning. Investigations will be launched into the circumstances that led to Campion falling ill by the gardaí and by prison officials. A source in the prison service said he was under special observation at the time he lost consciousness.

“We believe he received a package earlier in the week, possibly Tuesday, on a visit. It was either hidden about his person or he ingested it internally,” said a prison source.

“He could have used [the drugs] or a bag may have burst inside him. We won’t know the exact details until a report is prepared.”

The source revealed that Campion, who has more than 40 previous convictions, was being held in a ‘close supervision cell’.

Campion, who was the first person in Ireland to be convicted of two gangland murders in the State, is in a critical condition in hospital.

Until his incarceration for murder, Campion was a hired hitman for feuding criminal gangs in Limerick. He was found guilty of murdering nightclub doorman Brian Fitzgerald on November 15, 2007, and he received another life sentence on May 28, 2009, for the murder of Frank Ryan.

He began an appeal against both convictions last year.

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