Detectives investigating a suspected multi-million pound cocaine smuggling gang they have linked to an All-Ireland winner are also looking at a suspected drugs boss in Downpatrick.
Officers who arrested and charged former Tyrone footballer Peter Loughran are now focusing on the man who lives in the Co Down town and is alleged to oversee a vast drugs supply network.
This individual is believed to be responsible for distributing to street dealers the huge amount of cocaine and cannabis smuggled into Northern Ireland.
One-time Tyrone star Loughran (45) is currently behind bars charged with drugs importation and money laundering.
The dad-of-four was arrested last month after the encrypted EncroChat phone network used by criminals was breached by law enforcement.
Several other Northern Ireland men have been charged with offences linked to the cracking of the system.
As well as identifying a major drug dealer from Downpatrick, messages obtained by the PSNI pointed towards two businessmen in the north Armagh area.
An auto firm they once owned is believed to have been a front for laundering cash from the sale of cocaine.
The pair were friendly with major drug dealer Jim 'JD' Donegan, who was shot dead in 2018 by dissident gang ONH while sitting in his Porsche sports car outside his son's west Belfast school.
The murdered 43-year-old laundered millions of pounds of cocaine cash through the purchase of dozens of high-end cars which were then leased to people with bad credit ratings.
PSNI detectives investigating drug dealers on the EncroChat system have found this to be a common way for them to 'rinse' their criminal gains.
One security source told Sunday Life that almost all the cocaine smuggled into Northern Ireland by dealers on the secretive network was supplied by the Kinahan crime cartel.
It also reinforces what PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster, who runs a cross-border anti-organised crime unit, told this newspaper last year.
He said: "They (Kinahans) coordinate and control 90% of the supply of drugs into the island of Ireland. Others are then distributing these drugs to other organised crime groups right across the island.
"They (Kinahans) have established members right across these islands."
Loughran was part of the Tyrone squad that won the All-Ireland football final at a packed Croke Park in 2003. He was pictured leaping off the bench at the final whistle and celebrating with team manager Mickey Harte.
Considered an upstanding member of the community, neighbours have been shocked at the charges he is facing.
Police say the EncroChat system, which they allege led officers to Loughran, was used by major criminals throughout Europe to conduct drugs and arms deals and plan murder.
It was breached on March 25, but it took another two-and-a-half months before the Dutch-based company realised its servers had been compromised.
EncroChat sent a warning text to users at the beginning of June telling them to destroy their devices, but by then it was too late and police forces across the continent had made hundreds of arrests and seized millions of pounds of drugs.
The National Crime Agency claims officers were watching users' "every move" on EncroChat for weeks.
Among the haul was a £12m lorry-load of cannabis discovered in Templepatrick, Co Antrim, at the beginning of June - the largest find ever recorded in Northern Ireland.
In a major cross-border operation, the PSNI and Garda also busted an illegal cigarette plant worth £3m.
A total of seven people from Northern Ireland are currently facing charges connected to the breaching of the network.
The hard to obtain phones cost up to £2,000 and operated on wi-fi networks, with users only able to send and receive text and picture messages.