A female UDA drugs mule has narrowly avoided prison after being convicted of possessing a cocaine and counterfeit cigarette haul owned by the terror gang.
Chantelle Crozier had a four-month prison term suspended for one year when she was sentenced at Belfast Magistrates Court last week.
The shamed 32-year-old was not the only South East Antrim UDA-linked druggie in the dock in recent days.
On Friday past, one of the gang's most prominent members, 'Scotch' Brian McLean (39), and his elder brother, Alexander 'Sanders' McLean (43), were each sentenced to two years' probation at Craigavon Crown Court for trying to sneak drugs onto the loyalist wing of Maghaberry Prison.
The smuggling plot took place in 2017 during a jail visit by Sanders to Scotch Brian, who was on remand charged with the murder of rival loyalist Geordie Gilmore. He was later cleared of involvement.
A loyalist source said both cases prove the South East Antrim UDA, led by Gary Fisher, is nothing more than a crime gang. "All South East Antrim cares about is making money from drug dealing and extortion,"they added.
"Fisher and his mates let on they are big loyalists, but the truth of the matter is they are nothing more than gangsters."
Carrickfergus-based Chantelle Crozier led a group of 'lily-white' female drug mules in the Co Antrim coastal town who delivered cocaine for the South East Antrim UDA.
This was to avert the attention of police who cracked down hard on the gang after its 2017 murder of Gilmore.
Crozier's house was raided by the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce in September 2019, with the search unearthing cocaine, temazepam pills and smuggled cigarettes. The mum-of-one pleaded guilty to possessing the paramilitary-owned stash earlier this year.
But what is even more embarrassing for the South East Antrim UDA is the McLean brothers' guilty pleas to trying to smuggle drugs onto the loyalist wing of Maghaberry jail.
Sanders McLean was caught passing the heroin substitute buprenorphine to his younger brother during a June 2017 visit.
Our UDA source added: "It looks bad for all the other prisoners on the wing as it makes them all out to be junkies, which isn't the case. There are good loyalists in Maghaberry jail who are anti-drugs, but now they are being linked to heroin. It's shameful."
The Carrickfergus-based unit of the South East Antrim UDA to which Scotch Brian McLean belongs is led by self-confessed drug users. Its boss in the town, Clifford 'Trigger' Irons, has convictions for possessing cocaine, while the terror gang's enforcer, Colin Simms, killed a woman in a car crash while high on drugs.
Although Scotch Brian was cleared of the murder of Geordie Gilmore, the trial judge ruled he "is a member of, is supportive of or has an affinity with the UDA".