Spanish police investigating link between gun found during Gilligan arrest and Guerin murder

The arrest was made as part of an operation to dismantle an international drugs ring 
Spanish police investigating link between gun found during Gilligan arrest and Guerin murder

The arrested convicted drug dealer John Gilligan in Alicante, Spain. Spanish police made the arrest yesterday after an international operation.

Six people including convicted drug dealer John Gilligan were arrested yesterday by Spanish police in an international operation to break up the sale and supply of drugs in Ireland and the UK. 

Police in Spain arrested John Gilligan yesterday at a premises in Alicante and proceeded to search the building. 

A Colt Python revolver, buried in the garden, was uncovered in the search. 

Four packages of drugs containing more than 15,000 pills and four kilos of cannabis buds were seized. This is in addition to 11,000 pills and four kilos of of cannabis buds already seized after a search of four other premises.  

Spanish police say the discovered weapon is now under investigation and a ballistics analysis into a possible connection with the 1996 murder of Irish journalist Veronica Guerin is now underway. 

Police in Spain believe the gun is the same make and model used in the shooting 24 years ago.

Spanish police uncovered the revolver after the search of a premises in Alicante, Spain. John Gilligan was arrested after an international operation.
Spanish police uncovered the revolver after the search of a premises in Alicante, Spain. John Gilligan was arrested after an international operation.

 

An Garda Síochána and the UK National Crime Agency took part in the international operation, which began last year after the discovery of an international gang operating in the regions of Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa.  

Gardaí said they do not comment on ongoing investigations or operations carried out by other police forces.

Last year, Mr Gilligan was stopped at Belfast International Airport with €22,280 cash as he was about to board a flight to Alicante.

Prosecutors argued that he intended to purchase a prescription drug in Spain for distribution on the drugs market in Ireland.

His defence said it was a tenuous case.

A magistrate dismissed the case.

More in this section

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox

LOTTO RESULTS

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

  • 1
  • 4
  • 16
  • 20
  • 28
  • 36
  • 7

Full Lotto draw results »