Belfast Telegraph

Stir Crazy

Power drugs send inmates over the top

AN ULSTER jail was put on red-alert after drug-crazed inmates ran amok.

AN ULSTER jail was put on red-alert after drug-crazed inmates ran amok.

One entire wing at Magilligan maximum-security prison had to be locked down, when lags rampaged out of control after taking synthetic 'Super Ecstasy'.

The industrial-strength drug - 10-times more powerful than E-tabs - was dished out by a UDA gunman, jailed for his part in a bloody loyalist feud.

Said a jail source: "They were all totally gone - completely out of it.

"Half the H-Block had to be locked down - they were that far gone."

It's believed the drugs were smuggled into the jail and then peddled by self-confessed UFF terrorist, Mark Whiteside.

Whiteside, 30, is currently serving four years for his role in the bitter feud, which claimed seven lives.

He admitted raking a Shankill Road pub with gunfire, after fighting broke out between the UDA and UVF following a powderkeg band parade.

DRUG-crazed prisoners at an Ulster jail had to be LOCKED DOWN, after a batch of powerful synthetic drugs was smuggled into the prison.

Half of one H-Block, at Magilligan jail, was closed down as prisoners "lost the plot", under the influence of industrial-strength hallucinogenic drugs.

Prison sources believe that designer synthetic drugs - many times more powerful than Ecstasy - were being dished out to lags by a UDA gunman, currently in jail for his involvement in a loyalist feud shooting.

Among those prisoners described as "dangerously out of it" by prison sources, was big-time drug dealer, Sean Toner.

Toner (29) is serving four years and nine months, after being busted with a bag of Ecstasy tablets, in the grounds of Belfast Castle.

Said one prison source: "Toner could not even have bitten his own finger - he was so far away with it.

"They were all totally gone, dangerously out of it. Half of the block had to be locked down.

"It was clear that they had taken a very powerful hallucinogenic - they'd lost the plot. Even when they were locked down, you could still hear them chattering away to themselves in their cells!"

It is suspected that the powerful Ecstasy-like substance was smuggled into the jail, and then distributed by self-confessed UDA gunman, Mark Whiteside.

Whiteside (30) is currently serving four years, for his part in the loyalist feud that exploded on Belfast's Shankill Road, in August 2000.

He was jailed, after he admitted shooting up the Rex Bar, as inter-loyalist fighting broke out following a band parade.

Earlier this year, Sunday Life revealed how a new family of powerful synthetic drugs were freely available over the internet.

The drugs - described on websites as "research chemicals" - are similar to Ecstasy, but much more powerful, and have started appearing on the Ulster drug scene.

And, because they are not illegal in the United States, and some other countries, companies are happy to ship them to the UK.



From Belfast Telegraph