Online drug dealing network ran from Dublin office, court hears

A court has heard that two Dublin men ran an online drug dealing network from a business premises in the city.

Online drug dealing network ran from Dublin office, court hears

A court has heard that two Dublin men ran an online drug dealing network from a business premises in the city.

Richard O’Connor of Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh and Neil Mannion of Mount Drummond Avenue, Harold’s Cross will be sentenced on Monday.

Mr O’Connor was working on a laptop when Gardaí stormed a business unit on Dublin’s South Circular Road on November 5 last year.

€143,000 worth of drugs were found and Gardaí also took away a vacuum pack machine, some weighing scales as well as VISA cards, envelopes and some postage labels.

It emerged they were selling the drugs on the Darknet - an encrypted part of the internet that is difficult to access and allows users remain anonymous.

The court heard they were posting ecstasy and other drugs all around the world. The envelopes were sent with a Celtic jewellery stamp on the front.

Neil Mannion took full responsibility for the online side of things, while his co-accused admitted packaging and posting the drugs for €500/600 a week.

The men, who are both 34, will be sentenced on Monday.

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