Tuesday, 4 March 2014


Veronica Guerin


by James Casbolt
from JamesCasbolt Website

It may be a revelation to many people that the global drug trade is controlled and run by the intelligence agencies. In this global drug trade British intelligence reigns supreme.

As intelligence insiders know MI-5 and MI-6 control many of the other intelligence agencies in the world (CIA, MOSSAD etc) in a vast web of intrigue and corruption that has its global power base in the city of London, the square mile. My name is James Casbolt, and I worked for MI-6 in 'black ops' cocaine trafficking with the IRA and MOSSAD in London and Brighton between 1995 and 1999.

My father Peter Casbolt was also MI-6 and worked with the CIA and mafia in Rome, trafficking cocaine into Britain. My experience was that the distinctions of all these groups became blurred until in the end we were all one international group working together for the same goals. We were puppets who had our strings pulled by global puppet masters based in the city of London. Most levels of the intelligence agencies are not loyal to the people of the country they are based in and see themselves as 'super national'.

It had been proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the CIA has been bringing in most of the drugs into America for the last fifty years (see ex LAPD officer Michael Rupert's 'From the wilderness' website for proof).

The CIA operates under orders from British intelligence and was created by British intelligence in 1947.

The CIA today is still loyal to the international bankers based in the city of London and the global elite aristocratic families like the Rothschild's and the Windsor's. Since it was first started, MI-6 has always brought drugs into Britain. They do not bring 'some' of the drugs into Britain but I would estimate MI-6 bring in around ninety percent of the drugs in.

They do this by pulling the strings of many organized crime and terrorist groups and these groups like the IRA are full of MI-6 agents.

MI-6 bring in heroin from the middle east, cocaine from south America and cannabis from morocco as well as other places. British intelligence also designed and created the drug LSD in the 1950's through places like the Tavistock Institute in London. By the 1960's MI-5, MI-6 and the CIA were using LSD as a weapon against the angry protestors of the sixties and turned them into 'flower children' who were too tripped out to organize a revolution.

Dr Timothy Leary the LSD guru of the sixties was a CIA puppet. Funds and drugs for Leary's research came from the CIA and Leary says that Cord Meyer, the CIA agent in charge of funding the sixties LSD counter culture has "helped me to understand my political cultural role more clearly".

In 1998, I was sent 3000 LSD doses on blotting paper by MI-5 with pictures of the European union flag on them. The MI-5 man who sent them told my father this was a government 'signature' and this LSD was called 'Europa'.

This global drugs trade controlled by British intelligence is worth at least 500 billion a year. This is more than the global oil trade and the economy in Britain and America is totally dependent on this drug money. Mafia crime bossJohn Gotti exposed the situation when asked in court if he was involved in drug trafficking.

He replied "No we can't compete with the government".

I believe this was only a half truth because the mafia and the CIA are the same group at the upper levels. In Britain, the MI-6 drug money is laundered through the Bank of England, Barclays Bank and other household name companies. The drug money is passed from account to account until its origins are lost in a huge web of transactions.

The drug money comes out 'cleaner' but not totally clean. Diamonds are then bought with this money from the corrupt diamond business families like the Oppenheimers.

These diamonds are then sold and the drug money is clean. MI-6 and the CIA are also responsible for the crack cocaine epidemic in Britain and America. In 1978, MI-6 and the CIA were in south America researching the effects of the natives smoking 'basuco' cocaine paste. This has the same effect as crack cocaine. They saw that the strength and addiction potential was far greater than ordinary cocaine and created crack cocaine from the basuco formula.

MI-6 and the CIA then flooded Britain and America with crack.

Two years later, in 1980, Britain and America were starting to see the first signs of the crack cocaine epidemic on the streets. On august 23, 1987, in a rural community south of Little Rock in America, two teenage boys namedKevin Ives and Don Henry were murdered and dismembered after witnessing a CIA cocaine drop that was part of a CIA drug trafficking operation based at a small airport in Mena, Arkansas.

Bill Clinton was the governor of Arkansas at the time. Bill Clinton was involved with the CIA at this time and $100 million worth of cocaine was coming through the Mena, Arkansas airport each month.

For proof see the books 'Compromise' and 'Dope Inc'.

On my father's international MI-6 drug runs, whatever fell off the back of the lorry so to speak he would keep and we would sell it in Britain. As long as my father was meeting the speedboats from Morocco in the Costa del Sol and then moving the lorry loads of cannabis through their MI-6, IRA lorry business into Britain every month, British intelligence were happy.

As long as my father was moving shipments of cocaine out of Rome every month, MI5 and MI6 were happy. If my father kept a bit to sell himself no one cared because there was enough drugs and money to go round in this £500 billion a year global drugs trade. The ones who were really paying were the people addicted. Who were paying with suffering.

But karma always catches up and both myself and my father became addicted to heroin in later years and my father died addicted, and poor in prison under very strange circumstances. Today, I am clean and drug-free and wish to help stop the untold suffering this global drugs trade causes.

The intelligence agencies have always used addictive drugs as a weapon against the masses to bring in their long term plan for a one world government, a one world police force designed to be NATO and a micro chipped population known as the New World Order. As the population is in a drug or alcohol-induced trance watching 'Coronation Street', the new world order is being crept in behind them.

To properly expose this global intelligence run drugs trade we need to expose the key players in this area:
  1. Tibor Rosenbaum, a MOSSAD agent and head of the Geneva based Banque du Credit international. This bank was the forerunner to the notorious Bank of Credit and Commerce international (BCCI) which is a major intelligence drug money laundering bank. 'Life' magazine exposed Rosenbaum's bank as a money launderer for the Meyer Lanksky American organized crime family and Tibor Rosenbaum funded and supported 'Permindex' the MI6 assassination unit which was at the heart of the John F. Kennedy assassination.
  2. Robert Vesco, sponsored by the Swiss branch of the Rothchilds and part of the American connection to the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia.
  3. Sir Francis de Guingand, former head of British intelligence, now living in south Africa (and every head of MI5 and MI6 has been involved in the drug world before and after him).
  4. Henry Keswick, chairman of Jardine Matheson which is one of the biggest drug trafficking operations in the world. His brother John Keswick is chairman of the bank of England.
  5. Sir Martin Wakefield JacombBank of England director from 1987 to 1995, Barclays Bank Deputy Chairman in 1985, Telegraph newspapers director in 1986 (This is the reason why this can of worms doesn't get out in the mainstream media. The people who are perpetrating these crimes control most of the mainstream media. In America former director of the CIA William Casey was, before his death in 1987, head of the council of the media network ABC. Many insiders refer to ABC as 'The CIA network.)
  6. George Bush, Snr, former President and former head of the CIA and America's leading drug baron who has fronted more wars on drugs than any other president. Which in reality is just a method to eliminate competition. A whole book could be written on George Bush's involvement in the global drug trade but it is well-covered in the book 'Dark Alliance' by investigative journalist Gary Webb.
Gary Webb was found dead with two gunshot wounds to the back of his head with a revolver. The case was declared a 'suicide'. You figure that out. Gary Webb as well as myself and other investigators, found that much of this 'black ops' drug money is being used to fund projects classified above top secret.

These projects include the building and maintaining of deep level underground bases in,
  • Dulce in New Mexico
  • Pine Gap in Australia
  • Snowy mountains in Australia
  • The Nyala range in Africa
  • west of Kindu in Africa
  • next to the Libyan border in Egypt
  • Mount Blanc in Switzerland
  • Narvik in Scandinavia
  • Gottland island in Sweden,
...and many other places around the world (more about these underground bases in my next issue).

The information on this global drugs trade run by the intelligence agencies desperately needs to get out on a large scale.

Any information, comments or feedback to help me with my work would be greatly welcomed.

Veronica Guerin
Veronica Guerin 1.jpg
Monument to Veronica Guerin, located inDublin Castle gardens
Born5 July 1958[1]
Dublin, Ireland
Died26 June 1996 (aged 37)
Naas Dual Carriageway,Newlands CrossCounty Dublin
EducationTrinity College, Dublin
Years active1990–1996
Notable credit(s)The Sunday Business Post
Sunday Tribune
Sunday Independent
ReligionRoman Catholic
Spouse(s)Graham Turley
Veronica Guerin (5 July 1958 – 26 June 1996) was anIrish crime reporter who was murdered on 26 June 1996 by drug lords, an event which helped establish the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Early and personal life[edit]

The daughter of accountant Christopher and his wife Bernadette,[2] Veronica was nicknamed "Ronnie." She and her four siblings were born and brought up in Artane, Dublin, and attended Catholic school where she excelled in athletics. Besides basketball and camogie, aged 15 she played in the all-Ireland football finals with a slipped disc.[2]Guerin studied accountancy at Trinity College, Dublin.
Guerin married Graham Turley, and the couple had a son Cathal.[3] A big fan of Manchester United football team, her prized possession was a photo of her and Eric Cantonataken on a visit to Old Trafford.[4]

PR career: 1983–1990[edit]

After she graduated, her father employed her at his company; but following his death three years later, she changed professions and started a public relations firm in 1983, which she ran for seven years.
In 1983–84, she served as secretary to the Fianna Fáilgroup at the New Ireland Forum.[4] She served as Charles Haughey's personal assistant, and became a family friend, taking holidays with his children. In 1987 she served as election agent and party treasurer inDublin North for Seán Haughey.[4]

Journalism career: 1990–1996[edit]

In 1990, she changed careers again, switching to journalism as a reporter with the Sunday Business Postand Sunday Tribune, working under editor Damien Kiberd.[4] Craving first-hand information, she pursued a story directly to the source with little regard for her personal safety, to engage those she deemed central to a story. This allowed her to build close relationships with both the legitimate authorities, such as theGarda Síochána (Irish police), and the criminals, with both sides respecting her diligence by providing highly detailed information. She also reported on Irish Republican Army activities in the Republic.[4]
From 1994 onwards, she began to write about criminals for Irish newspaper the Sunday Independent.[2]Using her accountancy knowledge to trace the proceeds of illegal activity, she used street names orpseudonyms for underworld figures to avoid Irish libel laws.[4][5]
When she began to cover drug dealers, and gained information from convicted drugs criminal John Traynor, she received numerous death threats. The first violence against her occurred in October 1994, when two shots were fired into her home after her story on murdered crime kingpin Martin Cahill was published. Guerin dismissed the "warning". The day after writing an article on Gerry "The Monk" Hutch,[6]on 30 January 1995, she answered her doorbell to a man pointing a revolver at her head. Traynor had hired the gunman to shoot her in the leg at her home as a warning. Regardless, she vowed to continue her investigations. Independent Newspapers installed a security system to protect her, and the Garda Síochána (Irish police) gave her a 24-hour escort; however, she did not approve of this, saying that it hampered her work.[citation needed]
On 13 September 1995, convicted criminal John Gilligan, Traynor's boss, attacked her when she confronted him about his lavish lifestyle with no source of income.[6] He later called her at home and threatened to kidnap and rape her son, and kill her if she wrote anything about him.[5][7]
Guerin received the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in December 1995.[5]


On the evening of 25 June 1996, Gilligan drug gang members Charles Bowden, Brian Meehan, Peter Mitchell and Seamus Ward had met at their distribution premises on the Greenmount Industrial Estate. Bowden, the gang's distributor and ammunition quartermaster, had supplied the three with a Colt Pythonrevolver loaded with .357 Magnum Semiwadcutter bullets.[8]
On 26 June 1996, while driving her red Opel Calibra Guerin stopped at a red traffic light on the Naas Dual Carriageway near Newlands Cross, on the outskirts of Dublin. Not knowing she was being followed, she was shot six times, fatally, by one of two men sitting on a motorcycle.[9]
About an hour after Guerin was murdered, a meeting took place in Moore Street, Dublin between Bowden, Meehan, and Mitchell. Bowden later denied under oath in court that the purpose of the meeting was the disposal of the weapon but rather an excuse in a public setting to place them away from the incident.[8]
At the time of her murder, Traynor was seeking a High Court order against Guerin, to prevent her from publishing a book about his involvement in organised crime.[10] Guerin was killed two days before she was due to speak at a Freedom Forum conference in London. The topic of her segment was "Dying to Tell the Story: Journalists at Risk."[11]
Her funeral was attended by Ireland's Taoiseach John Bruton, the head of the armed forces and covered live by Raidió Teilifís Éireann. On 4 July, labour unions across Ireland had called for a moment of silence in her memory, which was duly observed by people around the country. Guerin is buried in Dardistown CemeteryCounty Dublin.[12]


Guerin's murder caused outrage, and Taoiseach John Bruton called it "an attack on democracy".[9] The Oireachtas, the Irish parliament, realised the potential of using tax enforcement laws as a means of deterring and punishing criminals. Within a week of her murder, it enacted the Proceeds of Crime Act 1996 and the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996, so that assets purchased with money obtained through crime could be seized by the government. This led to the formation of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
After the murder of Guerin, Bowden was arrested as were the other members of Gilligan's gang who were still in Ireland. In an agreement with the Attorney General of Ireland, Bowden agreed to turn state's witness, and become the first person to enter the Republic of Ireland's witness protection programme. Granted immunity from prosecution for the murder of Guerin, he was the only witness to give evidence against all four drug gang members at their trials in the Special Criminal Court: Patrick Holland, Paul "Hippo" Ward, Brian Meehan and John Gilligan.[13] The investigation into Guerin's death resulted in over 150 other arrests and convictions, as well as seizures of drugs and arms.[14] Drug crime in Ireland dropped 15 percent in the following 12 months.[citation needed]
In 1997 while acting as a Garda witness, Bowden named Patrick "Dutchy" Holland in court as the man he supplied the gun to, and hence suspected of shooting Guerin. Holland was never convicted of the murder, and he denied the accusation up until his death in June 2009 while in prison in the UK.[14][15]
In November 1998, after evidence from Bowden and others, Paul "Hippo" Ward was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison as an accomplice, because he had disposed of the murder weapon and the motorbike.[6][9] This conviction was later overturned on appeal.[8]
Brian Meehan fled to Amsterdam with Traynor (who later escaped to Portugal and as of 2003, was still fighting extradition from there). After the court dismissed additional evidence from Bowden, Meehan was convicted on the testimony of gang member turned state's witness Russell Warren, who had followed Guerin's movements in the hours before the murder, and then called Meehan on a mobile phone with the details.[16] Meehan was convicted of murdering Guerin, and sentenced to life imprisonment.[17]
John Gilligan left Ireland the day before Guerin was murdered, on a flight to Amsterdam. He was arrested 12 months later in the United Kingdom trying to board a flight for Amsterdam, after a routine search of his baggage revealed $500,000 in cash. Claiming it was the proceeds of gambling, he was charged withmoney laundering. After a three-year legal battle, he was extradited to Ireland on 3 February 2000. Tried and acquitted of Guerin's murder,[6] he was later convicted of importing 20 tonnes of cannabis and sentenced to 28 years in prison, reduced to 20 years on appeal.
Pursued by CAB, in January 2008, Gilligan made a court appearance in an attempt to stop the Irish State from selling off his assets. He accused Traynor of having ordered Guerin's murder without his permission. Despite the presiding judge's attempt to silence Gilligan, he continued to blame a botched Gardaí investigation and planted evidence as the reason for his current imprisonment. Traynor had fled to Portugal after Guerin's murder, and having been on the run from British authorities since 1992, resided mainly in Spain and the Netherlands from 1996 onwards. After a failed extradition from the Netherlands in 1997, which brought Meehan back to Ireland, in 2010 Traynor was arrested after a joint UK SOCA/Regiokorpsen operation in Amsterdam, and is set to be extradited back to the UK.[10]
Turley remarried in 2011.[18]


A memorial statue to Guerin is located in Dubh Linn Gardens, in the grounds of Dublin Castle.
On 2 May 1997, at a ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, her name and those of 38 other international journalists who died in the line of duty in 1996 were added to the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial. Her husband addressed the audience: "Veronica stood for freedom to write. She stood as light, and wrote of life in Ireland today, and told the truth. Veronica was not a judge, nor was she a juror, but she paid the ultimate price with the sacrifice of her life."[5]
In 2000, Guerin was named as one of the International Press Institute's 50 World Press Freedom Heroesof the past 50 years.[19]
In 2007, the Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship was set up at Dublin City University, offering abursary intended to meet the cost of fees and part of the general expenses of an MA in Journalism student who wishes to specialise in investigative journalism.[20]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Two films have been based on her story: When the Sky Falls, (2000), starring Joan Allen as Sinead Hamilton and Veronica Guerin (2003), starring Cate Blanchett.[7]
  • Eleanor McEvoy features the song, "Easy To Lose Hope", which she wrote shortly after Guerin's murder, on her 1999 album Snapshots.
  • Heavy metal band Savatage has a song about Guerin on their 1998 album The Wake of Magellan.
  • Christy Moore has written and recorded a song called "Veronica" which appears on his Live in Dublin(2006) CD. (This does not appear on the DVD of the same concert.)
  • A road in Collingwood Park, Western Australia is named after her.
  • Paul Bowen, Irish singer songwriter, composed and recorded a tribute song, "Veronica 1337".
  • A biography titled Veronica Guerin: The Life and Death of a Crime Reporter by Emily O'Reilly, published in 1998, questioned the ethics of Guerin's methods of gathering information, and those of the underlying media establishment.


  1. Jump up^ O'Reilly, Emily (1998). Veronica Guerin: The Life and Death of a Crime Reporter. London: Random House. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-09-976151-8.
  2. Jump up to:a b c Jason Lynch (3 November 2003). "Killed for Her Courage"People. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  3. Jump up^ "The second fall of Veronica Guerin"BBC News. 6 May 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  4. Jump up to:a b c d e f Alan Murdoch (27 June 1996). "Obituary: Veronica Guerin". The Independent. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  5. Jump up to:a b c d "Veronica Guerin"Gale Encyclopedia of Biography at Answers.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  6. Jump up to:a b c d "Veronica Guerin". undergroundnotes.com. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  7. Jump up to:a b Liz Allen. "The second fall of Veronica Guerin". BBC News. 6 May 1998. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  8. Jump up to:a b c "Ward Appeal"The Irish Times. 22 March 2002. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  9. Jump up to:a b c "Veronica Guerin"International Press Institute. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  10. Jump up to:a b Washbrook, Cyril (4 September 2010). "UK: Suspect in Veronica Guerin murder arrested"The Spy Report (Media Spy). Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  11. Jump up^ "N. Ireland investigative journalist slain; Protestant group claims responsibility". The Associated Press. 10 January 2001. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  12. Jump up^ "Veronica Guerin". findagrave.com. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  13. Jump up^ "Bowden relocated abroad under witness protection programme". RTE News. 18 April 2001. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  14. Jump up to:a b Henry McDonald (9 April 2006). "10 years later, still no peace for Veronica Guerin". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  15. Jump up^ "Obituary of Patrick 'Dutchy' Holland"The Irish Times. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  16. Jump up^ "Life sentence for Guerin murderer"BBC News. 29 July 1999. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  17. Jump up^ "Extradition of Irishman"The New York Times. 10 December 1997. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  18. Jump up^ "Graham and Suzanne celebrate their big day"The Irish Independent, 31 July 2011
  19. Jump up^ "World Press Freedom Heroes: Symbols of courage in global journalism"International Press Institute. 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  20. Jump up^ "Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship"Dublin City University. Retrieved 30 September 2011.

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