Drug lord John Gilligan “literally” pooped his pants when he saw cops unearth what they believe may be Veronica Guerin ‘s murder weapon.
The pint-sized gangster had to rush to the bathroom with a police escort after losing control of his bowels after the dramatic find.
Well-placed sources said the 68-year-old left more than skid marks after discovering the rare Colt Python .357 Magnum – the same type of weapon used to murder crime reporter Guerin in 1996 – hidden under gravel in the garden his Costa Blanca villa.
A source said: “When the gun appeared, John had to go to the bathroom. He had to go to the bathroom. ”
Another source added, “You can understand that if the police find a gun in your yard, if the police find a gun in your yard, someone figuratively will be fooling themselves, but they literally did.
“Going to the bathroom for Gilligan was an urgent necessity.
“It wasn’t a good day for him, but it was a good sign for the police that this gun could hide a lot of secrets and detectives could give a lot of interesting information to detectives once they figured out everything they need to know about it.
“Gilligan was present throughout the search, from the moment the officers walked over his yard with a metal detector to the moment he started beeping and then was pulled out of the ground.”
GUN HIDDEN ‘LIKE A SOUVENIR’
The new revelation will add to speculation that the Colt Python found wrapped in plastic in Gilligan’s four-bed house near the town of Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca could kill Ms. Guerin in a traffic light raid on the outskirts of Dublin in June 1996.
Her brother Jimmy has said he thinks it is “highly unlikely” that it is the murder weapon.
However, Spanish police sources point to its rarity and the fact that it was “hidden like a souvenir” in Gilligan’s garden and “was not used, on the contrary”.
They say it was hidden by someone who stuck the gun in a hole they dug in the ground and covered with gravel and cloth to prevent weeds from entering before more gravel was piled on it.
A very experienced Spanish officer announced over the weekend that he had only seen two weapons of this type in the past 20 years.
Gilligan’s embarrassing reaction to the gun discovery is an added bonus that has led the Spanish police to believe that they could have carried out a dramatic seizure with ramifications for the Guerin case.
RAID ON SPANISH VILLA
The Irishman was arrested Tuesday along with five others, including his son Darren and a British woman, after a lengthy investigation into a drug smuggling gang allegedly led by Gilligan.
The notorious criminal was acquitted in a 2001 trial for the murder of Ms. Guerin, but was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Well-placed sources said the raid on Gilligan’s mansion – much like the operation to overthrow Mexican drug lord El Chapo – came about when he was preparing a shipment to Ireland of marijuana and prescription sleeping pills called zimmos, who are addicted to heroin Use to help them sleep and with numb pain.
The insider said Gilligan was at his house with part of the shipment and two other suspects were in a car outside and two more boxes were about to be mailed.
A spokesman for the Spanish National Police did not name Gilligan in a statement by the armed forces, but said: “Investigators have managed to intercept four mail deliveries in Spain in which four kilos of marijuana and 15,000 tablets were hidden.
“The well-known Irish criminal who allegedly ran the organization was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2001 and served 17 years.
“Irish investigators have linked his organization to the murder of the Irish journalist.”
The troop added in their statement added: “The revolver found is the same make and model as the one used in the 1996 murder of an Irish journalist in Dublin. Spanish officials are working with Irish police to determine if he is the same gun has ended her life. ”
Taken into custody
A court official confirmed that Gilligan was arrested Thursday after appearing before a judge on duty at a closed trial in the city of Torrevieja.
They added: “All six suspects will be investigated as part of a criminal investigation into crimes against public health, illegal possession of firearms and membership of a criminal gang.”
Gilligan, the only one of the six detainees on remand, has not yet been formally charged with a crime as the charges will be brought shortly before the trial in Spain.
It can take months and even years to complete a criminal investigation of the kind Gilligan is now facing.
He can be detained for up to four years without trial, although it is normal for most suspects to be released on bail after a maximum of two years.
GUERIN MORD AN “ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY”
Ms. Guerin was working for the Sunday Independent when she was shot dead at a red light on the Naas Dual Carriageway near Newlands Cross on the outskirts of Dublin.
The gun she was shot with by one of two men on a motorcycle was never found.
The Irish Taoiseach John Bruton attended her funeral and described her murder as an “attack on democracy”.
The attack led to the creation of the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau to target illegally acquired assets of organized criminals.
The 2003 biographical crime thriller Veronica Guerin, directed by Joel Schumacher, with Cate Blanchett in the title role, was the second to be inspired by the reporter’s life.
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Gilligan, along with other members of his drug gang, was charged with the murder of Ms. Guerin after a former soldier who prepared the weapon she was killed with agreed to be a state witness and received immunity from prosecution.
Judge Darmuid O’Donovan admitted, after acquitting him in Dublin Special Criminal Court, that he had “grave suspicions” that the drug lord was involved in the murder.
Former boyfriend Brian ‘Tosser’ Meehan has been convicted of the murder of the crime reporter and remains in prison.
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