Dublin Football Star’s Brother Accused Of Vending On The Dark Net

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Posted by: DeepDotWeb

November 12, 2014

Following our most initial report about Operation Onymous and a DarkNet related bust in Ireland – it was now published in Herelad.ie that the arrested vendor is Dublin Football Star’s Brother – Neil Mannion along with a Film technician – Richard O’Connor, both aged 33. Quoting the source article:

A DUBLIN Gaelic footballer’s brother and a film technician have been accused of being involved in an online global drug-dealing operation using the Darknet.
Neil Mannion and Richard O’Connor, both aged 33, appeared in Dublin District Court charged with drugs offences following a garda raid on a business premises in the south of the city.

Neil Mannion is a brother of Dublin senior and Kilmacud Crokes player Paul Mannion.

It is alleged Neil Mannion had his computer logged on to the Darknet when gardai carried out their search.

Both he and Mr O’Connor are each accused of possession of around €15,000 worth of ecstasy.

Gardai allege that an estimated €150,000 worth of suspected LSD was also seized, but this is not the subject of the charges.

Judge Patricia McNamara granted bail to Mr Mannion despite gardai objecting on grounds that they feared he might abscond or interfere with evidence.

There were no objections to Mr O’Connor’s bail and the cases were adjourned for the DPP to consider bringing further charges.

Mr Mannion, of Mount Drummond Avenue, Harold’s Cross, and Mr O’Connor, of Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, are both charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to sell or supply at Bank House Business Centre, South Circular Road, on November 5 last.


Detective Garda Alan O’Connor said neither accused replied to the charges after caution.

Det Gda O’Connor said he was objecting to bail in Mr Mannion’s case because he believed he may abscond.

He said the case related to an international investigation into the sale and supply of controlled drugs on the Darknet – a “sub-level” of the internet.

A search was carried out in which a large quantity of drugs was seized.

It was alleged that Mr Mannion pointed out a holdall bag containing €15,000 worth of ecstasy.

“When the search took place, his computer was logged onto the marketplace on the Darknet, where it is alleged that he was plying his trade,” Det Gda O’Connor said. “It is alleged he implicated himself as a vendor on the Darknet whereby he sold controlled drugs to customers based at numerous locations all over the world.”

Source: http://www.herald.ie/news/courts/dublin-football-stars-brother-accused-of-using-the-darknet-to-sell-drugs-30734228.html

This is another part in the article series regarding Operation Onymous, a global crackdown on the darknet markets, During the operation there were:

  • 17 arrests
  • 13 search warrants issued
  • 414 hidden sites seized (27 sites total)
  • Hardware and digital media seized
  • Bitcoins worth approximately USD 1 000 000 and EUR 180 000 in cash, drugs, gold and silver seized

Countries involved in the operation, codenamed ‘Onymous’, include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Read all our other articles regarding Operation Onymous Here

Updated: 2014-11-12