UDA boss’s paranoia grows after PSNI seizes more drugs
Loyalist gangster Gary Fisher has been left reeling after several successful PSNI drugs raids on his dealers.
The South East Antrim UDA boss – who refuses to use a mobile phone over fears he could be recorded – is convinced someone close to him is leaking information to the cops.
His paranoia has intensified in the wake of police searches at the Rathcoole home of a major cocaine supplier which uncovered a sizeable amount of drugs.
The young criminal, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been kicking back thousands of pounds to the SEA UDA after it fined him for selling cocaine without its knowledge.
Earlier this month the PSNI found drugs inside the car of a second SEA UDA man stopped on the edge of the Rathcoole estate.
The same later happened to a third member of the terror gang from the Monkstown estate whose vehicle was pulled over by police near Greenisland.
The SEA UDA’s ‘commander’ in the Rathcoole estate has been ordered by Fisher to interrogate the trio in an effort to find out if there is any link between the arrests.
“Fisher has got it into his head that someone high-up in his drugs chain is touting to the police,” a source told Sunday Life.
“He’s asked the Rathcoole boss to investigate, but this fella is thick as champ, he doesn’t have the brains to find anything out.”
Police estimate the SEA UDA makes £2.5m per year from the sale of cocaine and cannabis. However, it’s crime empire suffered a recent blow when this newspaper revealed it was importing drugs from Liverpool via a network set up by jailed heroin dealing hitman Jamie Smith.
The 43-year-old is serving a life sentence for the murder of rival drug boss Dougie Morrison on the loyalist wing of Maghaberry Prison under the SEA UDA’s protection.
A close associate of Smith’s, known as ‘Mr Big’, uses his role in a courier business to smuggle the terror gang’s cocaine into Northern Ireland.
Following a Sunday Life expose of the racket the SEA UDA temporarily stopped importation fearing the PSNI is watching the route. According to sources in the group drugs are starting to flow again, but not at the same rate.
Senior SEA UDA figures in Rathcoole have also openly discussed replacing Fisher as ‘brigadier’ as they are sick of the constant negative publicity he brings which impacts on their crime rackets.
What has so far saved the veteran loyalist is that no one wants to step into his shoes as it would mean being identified in the media.
“Even Fisher knows his time is up. He has loads of money coming in but a s***e life,” added out SEA UDA source.
“The cops are watching his every move to the point that he is too afraid to talk to his friends on the phone.
“He’s also constantly looking over his shoulder and paranoid about his men betraying him. Is it any wonder the UDA and UFF guys in Rathcoole have no interest in being ‘brigadier’?”
What is likely to spell the end of Fisher is the introduction of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO) in Northern Ireland later this year.
The legislation will force criminals to provide a detailed account of how they obtained cash, property or goods. It does not require any criminal charges to be filed and can be issued against items valued at more than £50,000 if the owner is alleged to have been involved in serious crime.
Justice Minister Naomi Long recently spoke of the impact the new law will make, saying: “These new codes of practice under Proceeds of Crime Act are an important step in ensuring that law enforcement will have access to a wider range of powers and will be an integral part of the overall response to organised criminality in all its forms.”