A Co. Louth drug gang is believed to be silencing vital information in the Cameron Reilly murder investigation.

Gardaí (Irish police) are investigating claims that a drug gang is threatening witnesses to the murder of 18-year-old Cameron Reilly. Claims are being made that the Co. Louth mob, who are linked with the 2015 killing of Willie Maughan and Ana Varslavane, has warned youths present at the time of Reilly’s death into not revealing vital information.

Reilly’s body was discovered in a field outside Dunleer, Co. Louth, by a man walking his dog on the morning of Saturday, May 26, and a post-mortem revealed he had been strangled to death.

Gardaí believe there is a possibility he was killed in a “jealous rage” but are battling through a “wall of silence” put up by local young people who may know the truth behind his violent death. Around 100 people have been interviewed so far with no significant breakthrough.  

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Hundreds of people have attended a candlelit vigil in Dunleer this evening for Cameron Reilly. pic.twitter.com/boaEo6ZGqT

— Sinéad Hussey (@SineadHus) May 28, 2018

The teenager was believed to have been socializing in the field where his body was found on the night of Friday, May 25, with as many as 20 other young men and women aged between 15 and 24.

Gardaí are continuing to search for Reilly’s iPhone which was not found with his body, believing that it may hold clues to his death, including texts that brought him to the field that night. It is thought the popular teenager may have been targeted because of his relationship with a young woman.

The drug gang has issued serious threats to the other youths socializing that night as they fear their numbers could be saved in the teenagers’ phones. This is despite claims from the Gardaí that anyone taking drugs that night should come forward and not be concerned.

“The wall of silence since Cameron’s murder is still in existence because people have been warned to keep quiet and if they come forward there will be consequences,” a local source told the Irish Sun.

WATCH: There's been an emotional appeal to the young people of Dunleer in Co Louth to pass on any information about the murder of local student Cameron Reilly. Our Crime Correspondent @sarahoc3news reports pic.twitter.com/widV1x5hsP

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“There was a lot of drug dealing going on in the area and the ­dealers are worried gardai will uncover details of their activities.

“These people are trying to hamper the investigation and ­trying to intimidate people not to come forward because they’re only concerned with their own selfish interests.

Threats against possible witnesses in the Cameron Reilly murder investigation. @SteBreen Crime Editor @IrishSunOnline spoke to the Michael Reade Show earlier.
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“But everyone is hoping people ignore these threats and come ­forward because the gardaí have a duty to protect them.

“Cameron was a completely innocent boy who didn’t deserve to be murdered and his killer is being protected.”

H/T: Irish Sun