HUNT FOR MONEY Kinahan cartel demand UVF pay £500k drug debt following massive cocaine seizure
Global drug runners have been Loyalist’s major supplier in recent years but the relationship is on the rocks over missing payment
April 26 2022 08:50 AM
The global drug runners have been one of East Belfast’s major suppliers in recent years but the relationship is on the rocks over the missing payment.
The Sunday World understands the organised crime gang is insisting the debt is not theirs and is the responsibility of an intermediary.
The intermediary comes in the shape of two brothers, originally from Dublin but who have been based in Belfast for the last number of years.
They are major players in the drug market and have worked as “agents” for the Kinahans for some time.
It is understood the Kinahan drugs flow through them for distribution to a variety of customers including East Belfast UVF but also the UDA in the west of the city and dealers in mid and north Antrim.
They have been supplying East Belfast with cocaine
There was a confrontation at a tense meeting in Lisburn between a UVF representative and the intermediaries when a demand for payment was made.
“The brothers have told them (UVF) they owe the money, that’s the bottom line,” a source told us.
The meeting was held in March but as far as the Kinahans are concerned the debt is still outstanding.
“The message was very clear, they (Kinahans) don’t care that they are dealing with a paramilitary organisation, they have no interest in that as far as they are concerned they are just customers.
“They’re not going to war with the UVF, they just want their money.”
It is understood the money is owed on part of a drugs shipment with a street value of £3 million intercepted by police in Belfast’s docklands in March.