The former Garda linked to Hutch was found in the criminal’s home while he was still a serving officer

The former Seniorgarda, jailed on drug-related charges, was still a serving officer when he was unexpectedly found at a criminal’s home with cocaine on the table during a raid on the Garda, sources said.

Former Superintendent John ‘Spud’ Murphy, 63, was sentenced this week to six and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of €260,000 worth of cannabis at his Dublin home last year, and is likely to face further charges confronted regarding confidential information leaked to the Hutch gang.

Gardaí were surprised to find the drugs when they arrested Murphy last September on suspicion of enhancing a criminal organization’s ability to commit or facilitate a serious crime.

Murphy is suspected of working with the Hutch gang and providing them with confidential Garda information through his contacts in the force.

Investigations into the leak of information to the Hutch gang are ongoing and sources say further charges are expected in the case. Two officers on duty were suspended from the force as part of the investigation, but they have not been charged with any crime.

Murphy’s ties to the Hutch gang are believed to date back to his days as a serving officer.

He rose to superintendent before surprisingly taking early retirement in 2010 at the age of 50.

Sources say he was encouraged to leave earlier by senior officials who were concerned about his behavior.

While he was with the force, there were several issues that concerned him.

Sources say one of the incidents was related to officers unexpectedly stumbling upon Murphy while conducting a raid on a criminal figure.

“They walked in and Spud was sitting at a table drinking with the target and a couple of women and there were lines of Cokes on the table.”

The source said some of the women present had been suspected of being prostitutes.

The bizarre incident was just one of many that alarmed Murphy’s behavior and is believed to have influenced his decision to take early retirement.

Murphy spent much of his career as a detective in Dublin and then as a detective inspector at Raheny and Pearse Street before being promoted to superintendent where he worked at Cavan for a time before moving to traffic and eventually Bridewell station.

His dealings with intelligence sources caused a stir within the force, and he was the subject of a number of internal disciplinary investigations and a fine for discrediting the job.

According to sources, in another incident, a drug dealer caught importing drugs into Ireland told arresting officers he was working as an informant for Murphy, who knew about the operation.

The source said Gardaí went to Murphy to find out why the whistleblower was unregistered.

“He claimed it was all upfront but he couldn’t name the dealer because he refused to be officially registered and that was the only way he could work with him. He insisted he did nothing wrong.”

Another Murphy source was felon Sean Dunne from Donaghmede, north Dublin, who disappeared in Alicante in 2004 and is believed to have been murdered.

Dunne was a well-known figure in the underworld, having graduated through the criminal ranks from gunman to international drug trafficker at the time of his death.

Dunne’s drug operation grew in popularity over the years and he amassed a multi-million dollar fortune from crime before his death.

Murphy also had a reputation for “squaring” traffic tickets, especially since his time on the road.

Sources say he was one of the most prolific members of the force engaged in the practice of traffic offense suppression, regularly urging regular Gardaí to cancel tickets.

Although Murphy had achieved a high position in the force, he found plenty of time for outside interests during his service.

He owned six taxi signs, each costing tens of thousands at the time, and rented them out to drivers. While he made a large income from renting out the plates, he is said to have lost money when deregulation kicked in and the plates’ value fell.

His attorney said this week that Murphy had to remortgage his home over the loss of his investment. He also worked as a bartender in a pub in Malahide, North Dublin while still in the police force.

Sources described Murphy as “money hungry” and said he’s always trying to make money through various business schemes.

He has been involved in several business ventures but his lawyer claimed this week he has the opposite of Midas and is currently hundreds of thousands of euros in debt.

When he retired from the troupe in 2010, many well-known figures in Irish life turned up for a glittering farewell party at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

He did not invite any of his fellow crime fraternity friends to the party, but formed even closer ties with them after his retirement.

Gardaí began investigating Murphy’s links to the Hutch crime gang some time before his arrest last September.

They had expected to find evidence of information leaking to the Hutch gang, but were surprised to find €260,000 worth of cannabis in the house, in Murphy’s car and in the coal shed behind it.

While he immediately admitted possession of the drugs, the investigation into his leaking information to the Hutch gang is ongoing and more charges are likely to be filed.

Evidence implying Murphy is believed to have been collected from communications equipment. The former Garda linked to Hutch was found in the criminal’s home while he was still a serving officer

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