A Kinahan cartel criminal has been sentenced to six years in prison shortly after being released from prison for supplying drugs.
ary Fowler, 37, of Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty to possession of €134,000 worth of cannabis on 24 May 2021.
Detective Garda Declan O’Reilly told the court that Gardai were conducting a surveillance operation when Fowler and a co-defendant were under surveillance in the Tallaght area.
The court heard the co-defendant was seen putting something in the trunk of a car before taking a taxi away.
Fowler was seen taking keys from the car before Gardai approached him and attempted to throw the keys away before being arrested. The co-defendant was also arrested by Gardai, the court heard. Gardaí searched the car and found €134,000 worth of cannabis in a bag.
The court heard the defendant say during a Garda interview that he had been threatened by gangs, but Det Garda O’Reilly told the court he did not believe the defendant in that regard.
Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, who is defending himself, told the court the defendant accepts full responsibility for his actions and that his mother has been “heartbroken” since he was taken into custody. The defendant completed a conflict resolution course while in detention. Letters were received from friends, family and his employer in defense of the defendant.
Fowler was previously found guilty of possession of drugs and a submachine gun and was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. The court heard that he had completed his sentence shortly before this incident.
He also received a three-year sentence for dangerous driving that caused the death of a teenager in 2005. His sister said in a written statement mentioned in court that Fowler has been battling coke addiction and mental health issues since the accident.
Judge Martin Nolan said his record of “fairly serious convictions” was one of the aggravating factors. The value of drugs was also considered, but Judge Nolan said he believed the defendant had moderate to low levels of culpability under that system.
Fowler is considered a serious organized criminal with ties deep into the Kinahan mob and is a longtime pal of Paul Rice.
In March last year, the Sunday World photographed Fowler in a van painted like a DHL delivery vehicle and dressed in uniform, but the company hadn’t hired him and the van had emerged as a westerner had been mocked and sold Dublin garage.
Fowler is one of the top targets of the National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau, and the Criminal Assets Bureau had previously filed a case against him.
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