On September 14, 1984, the Valhalla will be loaded with arms for the IRA. The arms will be delivered to a trawler called the Marita Ann off Ireland in international waters.
On September 29, 1984, when the Marita Ann with its cargo of weapons enters into Irish waters it will be intercepted by the Irish Navy and seized. The belief among the criminals spreads that someone who knew about the venture had become an informant. (Much later it will be learned that it was an IRA informant named Sean O’Callaghan gave the tip that brought about the seizure \of the Marita Ann off the coast of Kerry.)
On October 13, 1984, having off-loading the weapons, the Valhalla returned to Boston. This is a Saturday. On board are the skipper Anderson and the mechanic McIntyre. It was a long trip. After getting off the ship Mcintyre will tie one on and act up.
He will be arrested by the Quincy police for a domestic incident while under the influence. While in custody he will start talking about being involved in the shipment of arms on the Valhalla. A Quincy police detective, a DEA agent, and then Customs and FBI agents get involved with McIntyre.
He will talk about Joe Murray, Pat Nee, Kevin Weeks, a Whitey from a liquor store in South Boston, and many more things. He will pretty much lay out the whole operation involving transporting arms and what he knows best, Joe Murray’s marijuana operation. He will also give additional information.
On October 16, 1984, the Vahalla was seized by Customs at Pier 7 in Boston for violations of the US Neutrality Act. At the time of the seizure Anderson and McIntyre were aboard. They were interrogated and released..
Between October 14 and November 30, 1984, McIntyre will continue to give information to federal agents. He will work mainly for Customs. He will also receive $20,000 from Customs in an attempt to set up Joe Murray. They will let him leave with the money without putting him under surveillance or sticking any type of wire on him for protection.
On November 14, 1984, the ship Ramsland is seized by the Coast Guard. That boat has 33 tons of marijuana on it which is owned by Joe Murray who was awaiting its delivery. The marijuana was secreted in hidden compartments below the ballast on the ship. It was so well secreted that when it was easily found by the authorities it became clear to Murray that someone had turned informant.
It would be reported: “Federal agents said today that 33 tons of marijuana worth an estimated $26.4 million had been found under a false bottom in a freighter seized last week.”
Joe Murray was decidedly not happy with taking a loss of 33 tons of marijuana. That represented millions of dollars. He started to figure out who knew about the Ramsland delivery. All were his long-term buddies from Charlestown except for one guy outside that group who was from Quincy, John McIntyre.
Joe Murray knew, it was actually reported in the newspapers, that when Customs agents in Boston seized the Valhalla there were two people on board it. One of them was Anderson who was the captain. He would learn that the other was McIntyre. The newspaper reported that both men were questioned and then let to leave.
Murray would also know by just reading the newspapers that it was the Customs agents who had seized the Valhalla and the Ramsland. It was important to him to find out if McIntyre was the guy who was cooperating with Customs. One way to do that would be to have his buddy Pat Nee talk to McIntyre to find out.
When Joe Murray focused on John McIntyre as the logical leak he had to turned to Nee. He knew Nee would be in trouble if McIntyre was cooperating. Whitey would have no problems from McIntyre. He never met him. Whitey’s involvement in the Valhalla deal was through Nee.
On November 30, 1984, John McIntyre leaves his parents’ house in Quincy. He tells his father he is going to meet with Pat Nee. He is never seen again.