Major haul Kinahan gangster Barry Fowler quizzed after cannabis worth €2.2 million and €150k cash seized
Fowler (36) has only recently been released after serving a seven and a half year sentence on drugs and weapons charges.
May 25 2021 09:47 AM
Kinahan drug lieutenant Barry Fowler is being quizzed after Gardai from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized €2.2 million worth of cannabis and €150,000 in cash after a major undercover operation.
The convicted drugs and gun trafficker and another man were arrested after a number of vehicles were stopped and searched in an operation with the Special Crime Task Force.
Fowler who has only recently been released after serving a seven and a half year sentence on drugs and weapons charges is being held at Tallaght Garda station.
He is listed as a serious organised criminal with associations deep into the Kinahan mob and is a long time pal of gangland heavy Paul Rice.
In March the photographed Fowler in a van painted to look like a DHL delivery vehicle and dressed in a uniform but the company had not employed him and the van, it was discovered, had been mocked up and sold by a west Dublin garage.
Fowler is one of the top targets of the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and proceedings were recently issued against him by the Criminal Assets Bureau who seized a number of jet skis and other items from him during a raid a number of years ago.
In 2015, Fowler (36) was jailed for seven and a half years after a court heard that he led Gardai to a van containing more than €370,000 of drugs when he failed to use the indicators on his car.
Fowler was driving a BMW when he was picked up by officers patrolling the streets and when he sped off they gave chase.
Gardai trailed him to the basement of an apartment complex where an alarm fob on his keys led officers to a transit van containing the drugs.
Drug tick lists found in his home showed that he was a major wholesaler of drugs.
While he awaited trial he was caught at Shannon Airport after a flight from Alicante in Spain with a false passport. At the time he was on job seeker allowance, a court later heard.
In 2005 Fowler was driving an uninsured motorbike when he crashed killing a 15 year old teenage girl.
Two years ago while he remained behind bars the CAB launched their own investigation into Fowler’s wealth and seized two jet skis and identified properties in Wexford linked to him.
During eight searches Rolex watches were also discovered and a large sum of €100,000 in cash was previously discovered.
The case was adjourned at the last hearing of the Proceeds of Crime list and lists his partner Lorna Palmer as the second respondent.
The Garda’s National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau have had huge success against significant criminals in recent years.
It is understood that yesterday’s arrests and seizures followed months of surveillance against a gang in the west Dublin area believed to be wholesaling drugs to criminal gangs.