Gardaí have located and arrested a man who escaped from an open prison in Co Cavan last month.

John Mangan, 53 from Whitestown Green, Blanchardstown, Dublin absconded from Loughan House on 4 October.

He was arrested in Dublin today.

In July 2006, Mangan was caught with over €2m worth of cannabis. The following year, he was caught with a loaded pistol in his trousers.

Mangan was due to have completed his custodial sentences in less than three years.

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However, it is understood he had recently been caught with a smartphone in prison, which is against the regulations.

It is now understood he will be returned to a closed prison.

An investigation is also under way into his escape from the open prison.