UDA-backed drug dealer Dee Jenkins has admitted possessing a cocaine haul - but claims it was for his personal use.
The 40-year-old, who survived a February murder bid at his home off Belfast's Shankill Road, admitted the charge at the city's crown court last week.
But he denied accusations of having cocaine with intent to supply following raids at his home last October by the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce.
At the time, police chiefs said the operation was directed against the West Belfast UDA.
Jenkins, who has a previous conviction for running a cannabis factory, was freed on bail and is back living at Hopewell Crescent, the scene of the February 22 attempt on his life.
A 29-year-old man standing at the rear of the drug dealer's home was seriously wounded in the attack, having been hit with several bullets in the torso.
Jenkins blamed rival drug dealer Dee Coleman, a former UDA leader in the Shankill estate, for masterminding the attack.
His home, also on Hopewell Crescent, was later smashed up by members of the terror gang in revenge. The 35-year-old was also ordered out of the area.
Coleman is now living 30 miles away in Ballymena, ironically in a flat formerly used for meetings of Narcotics Anonymous.
Facing cocaine and cannabis dealing charges, he has been trying to broker a move to Carrickfergus under the protection of the South East Antrim UDA. However, the organisation's bosses have so far given him the cold shoulder.
Residents of the Shankill estate, sick of the UDA drug dealing that has plagued the area for years, have questioned why the terror gang exiled Coleman but left Jenkins alone.
One veteran loyalist asked: "The UDA is saying Dee Coleman was put out because he is a drug dealer. Well, if that's the case, why wasn't Dee Jenkins told to leave as well? The two of them are just different cheeks on the same arse. When it comes to drug dealing, they are as bad as each other.
"No one wants them here. Local people have even renamed Hopewell Crescent, where they were living, 'Dopewell Crescent' because of the amount of drugs being sold there."
According to Shankill residents, Jenkins, despite being out on bail, is continuing to deal drugs using contacts built up through a social media account registered under the pseudonym 'Mr P'. Screenshots obtained by this newspaper show kilos of cocaine for sale on the page.
His rival Dee Coleman has also used social media platforms to sell vast quantities of the drug, promoting video recordings of a surgically-gloved man handling blocks of cocaine.
Loyalist sources say that although exiled in Ballymena, the ex-UDA 'C Company' chief, who was expelled from the terror gang last year, is continuing to supply drugs.
In a series of audio recordings shared widely online, Dee Jenkins blames Coleman, who has convictions for involvement in a loyalist feud gun attack, blackmail, drugs and assaults, for the attempt on his life.
A furious Jenkins rages: "Send who you f*****g want. Come and look me in the eye. I'll look you in the eye. Just remember you're f*****g nothing.
"Feeding people coke (cocaine) and getting them to do stuff... if you had the balls, you'd do it yourself."