DRUG lord John Gilligan, one of Irelands highest-profile prisoners escaped from Port Laois maximum security prison on Tuesday by affixing twenty euros worth of postage stamps to his forehead and posting himself via swift mail to a block of flats in Ballyfermot.
Embarrassed prison officers were dumbfounded and couldn’t explain how the pint sized 57 year old, managed to elude detection as he sat in the outbound post bin for several hours in Port Laois prison.
With its lethal cargo, the outward post tray was loaded into a green 2007 An Post van for delivery to the North side of Dublin.
The post van delivered the crafty crim to Ballyfermots main post office. It was only until post workers entered the building the next morning that they realized something was wrong. The safe and tills were empty and the back door was wide open with stamps covering the sensors.
Police have sealed off roads and airports across the country.
Gilligan has been in prison since 2001 when he was sentenced to 28 years for possession of 20,000 kilograms of cannabis resin. He was later convicted of threatening to kill two prison officers and their families while in Portlaoise prison and sentenced to 5 years in prison after his original term is completed.
Gilligan is believed to have bought the stamps from a fellow inmate. Searches are being conducted throughout the “high security prison”.
Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has called for a nation wide ban on postage stamps in prisons.