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Saturday, 15 August 2015
Ruthless Dublin drugs boss using rickshaw drivers to transport cocaine across the capital
Feared criminal lord has now decided it’s better to use these men rather than risk any of his gang getting caught
Vicious crime gangs are using desperate rickshaw drivers to courier drugs, we can reveal.
The drug dealers, mostly from South America, are being forced to transfer large sums of cocaine and ecstasy across Dublin using their bikes as cover.
Many have fallen on tough times after paying thousands for English language courses in the capital.
But a large number of the unregulated schools have since shut leaving the foreign nationals out of pocket and in need of quick cash.
As source told the Irish Mirror: “Detections of drug dealers have been up massively in the city.
“There’s still a massive amount being pushed through.
“Revenue are always conducting spot checks on these rickshaw drivers as they usually aren’t paying any tax.
“But gardai will now be patrolling more and acting under intelligence to detect these new pushers.”
The capital is awash with these rickshaw drivers at the weekend and a feared criminal boss in the north inner city has now decided it’s better to use these men rather than risk any of his gang.
The source added: “This guy is using these young men to take all the risks because he knows they’re desperate.”
Last year, we revealed how another feared criminal gang was trying to muscle in on Dublin’s rickshaw business.
Associates in the Crumlin-Drimnagh gang attempted to force out legitimate entrepreneurs and cash in on the lucrative enterprise.
There are several firms which own the bikes in Dublin and lease them out to cyclists for €150 a week – however there is no suggestion they are aware of these illegal activities.
One company has 100 of rickshaws and rakes in €15,000 a week.
The minimum take a year for some is €750,000.
Rickshaw drivers have sprung up across several Irish cities in the past 10 years.
They are modelled on the popular tourist bicycles in Thailand and charge small
fees to get around city streets quickly.
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