Man convicted of running drug network from prison cell

A man has been convicted of running a drug dealing business from a prison cell in the Irish Republic.

Brian Rattigan, 31, was found guilty of possessing and supplying almost 1m euros worth of heroin.

The drugs were seized in Dublin in May 2008, while Rattigan was in Portlaoise prison.

Three judges of the Special Criminal Court ruled that he ran a drugs supply network by mobile phone from his cell.

They said a drugs tick list sent by text, along with notes found in his cell, amounted to directions for the distribution of the 5kg of heroin.

He is due to be sentenced next month.

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