A Maserati sports car was among several "high end" items seized by an elite police unit in raids against the South East Antrim UDA.
The Italian-manufactured vehicle, estimated to be now worth £50,000, is understood to belong to a close associate of crime boss Adrian Price, who leads a faction of the terror group based in Newtownards.
The 50-year-old's gang is heavily involved in the supply of drugs throughout north Down, and is the only paramilitary organisation in the area which sanctions the sale of heroin.
The huge profits from this deadly trade have allowed its leaders like Price to lead a lifestyle seemingly far beyond their means.
This includes his close associate being able to afford a Maserati sports car, which is normally a favourite of wealthy celebrities.
"The guy who owns the Maserati makes no secret of his wealth; buying a car like that is his way of flaunting it to the community," said a security source.
The Maserati was seized during raids by the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce in Newtownards and Dundonald last Wednesday.
It was one of two cars impounded during coordinated searches that also uncovered drugs and components of a suspected cannabis factory.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including possession of drugs with intent to supply, and possessing and converting criminal property. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries.
The PSNI confirmed houses were raided in an operation targeting "the drugs criminality of South East Antrim UDA".
He said: "Approximately £8,000 cash was recovered along with two high-end cars, and a quantity of suspected Class A and Class B controlled drugs with an estimated street value of £450.
"The operation is evidence that the Taskforce will continue to investigate all aspects of criminality being carried out by anyone purporting to be operating under the convenient flag of a paramilitary organisation."
Although small in numbers, the Newtownards faction of the South East Antrim UDA is capable of the most extreme acts of violence.
Three years ago it murdered loyalist Colin Horner in Bangor. He had been feuding with the organisation after he was forced to flee Carrickfergus.
The 36-year-old was gunned down as he left a supermarket with his three-year-old son Oscar.
Four of his killers - Robert Ralph (48), Ryan Smith (31), Alan Wilson (31) and Joseph Blair (36) - were jailed for life in January 2019.
Joining them in the dock at Belfast Crown Court was Adrian Price - the leader of the South East Antrim UDA gang based in Newtownards.
He was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to withholding information about the Horner killing, with a murder charge against him left on the books.
In court it was revealed that Price has a previous conviction from 2013 for making a threat to kill for which he was placed on probation.
He answers to the South East Antrim UDA's overall chief Gary Fisher, who leads a gang of approximately 2,000 members who control turf stretching from Larne to north Belfast, taking in pockets of north Down.
The terror group is considered the biggest criminal organisation in Northern Ireland, with elements of it being behind threats issued against journalists and politicians earlier this month.