Cops have welcomed the sentencing of ex-UDA cocaine kingpin David ‘Dee’ Jenkins after he was jailed on drugs offences.
Jenkins was handed a 20-month prison sentence at Laganside Magistrates Court on Friday for possessing cocaine and possessing the drug with intent to supply.
Police said the outcome followed an investigation into “suspected drugs criminality linked to the West Belfast UDA”.
Detective Inspector O’Neill said: “Officers who searched a vehicle in west Belfast in September 2019 located a quantity of drugs, subsequently confirmed as cocaine. A number of mobile phones and a sum of cash were also seized.
“Jenkins was arrested on suspicion of drugs-related offences, and later pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of a Class A controlled drug and possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply.
“Working with partner organisations and communities, we are committed to disrupting the activities of those who profit from the supply of illegal drugs.
“Paramilitary organisations who bring drugs onto our streets and into our communities don’t care about the inevitable pain and heartache they cause.
“Their only concern is financial gain, with no thought for the lives that get destroyed, and lost, along the way.
“Through Operation Dealbreaker, we will continue to tackle the supply, use and harm caused by illegal drugs in Northern Ireland. We’re grateful for the support of local people, and I’m keen to reiterate an ask for anyone with information, or concerns, to get in touch on 101.”
Jenkins, a self-confessed drug baron who once survived a gun attack, fled Northern Ireland in March 2021 after the UDA reportedly put a £500,000 bounty on his head over fears he had become an informant.
Speaking from exile at the time Jenkins denied being an informer but threatened to turn if the UDA kept threatening him.
He told another newspaper: “They are all full of sh*te. I'd never talk to the peelers, never have. I haven't been in contact with the PCTF since the last time they done the house.
“I've no interest in the peelers - at the minute - but there's always a back-up plan, 'Plan B', and 'Plan B' is all the information I have on the phone and if they want to f*** about and threaten me I'll give the peelers as much sh*te as they want."
In November last year his fiancée Janine Robertson was charged with multiple counts of drug dealing following a probe by the PSNI’s Paramilitary Crime Task Force.
Ms Robertson reportedly fled Belfast with Jenkins after gunmen linked to deposed UDA members tried to kill him at the couple’s old home off Belfast’s Shankill Road.
Both Jenkins and Robertson are on remand in prison awaiting trial later this year on drugs charges.