Man who killed Louth Garda had been ordering weapons online from US
15 Oct 2015
The 24-year-old, who murdered Garda Tony Golden and left his former partner fighting for her life, had been ordering weapons from the United States over the internet which he received by post, the Irish Independent reports.
Separately, he was also buying parts for handguns online which he then used to reactivate the replicas as lethal weapons.
The Irish Independent can reveal that the Garda Special Branch searched Crevan Mackin's house in Omeath in January after being tipped off by US authorities.
There is a legal and well-established international trade in guns made safe by having parts removed or replaced with non-functioning parts.
He was already well-known to gardaí and the PSNI for his involvement in a breakaway faction of the Real IRA and had been spotted regularly in the company of "major players".
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