Southeast Antrim terror leader Gary Fisher under pressure as he seeks out criminal gang
Southeast Antrim terrorist leader Gary Fisher is trapped.
he secret mobster has seen his old iron grip on the UDA criminal gang loosen in recent months, leaving him only in name.
The organization is now under the sway of a committee of senior paramilitary veterans, with Fisher forced to follow the line.
Additionally, his appearance at a Remembrance Sunday service two weeks ago left those close to him in shock.
His gaunt appearance made people wonder about his health.
His cheeks seemed hollow, he shaved his head and those who saw him describe him as “haunted”.
Sources tell us that the crime boss is a man under intense pressure.
The Sunday World understands that it is desperately looking for an exit strategy that will take it out of the crosshairs.
His organization has come under scrutiny by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force and he is known to be eager to step down from crime before being rounded up.
Sources in Southeast Antrim told us that Fisher tried to craft an exit strategy with enough money to maintain a life away from the UDA.
As the leader of a cash-rich organized crime gang, Fisher has amassed considerable personal wealth, but even as a sergeant his hands are tied when it comes to walking away.
“It is notoriously difficult to leave,” a senior loyalist source told us.
“Just look at the story, there are very few commanders or brigadiers who have just been allowed to leave.
“To put it bluntly, they’ve either been removed from their posts, kicked out or shot – that’s the only way out.”
He cited former UFF chief Johnny Adair as one of the few to walk out with skin on his back.
“He was lucky to be out alive, he knows that, but he’s the exception rather than the rule.”
Fisher is no longer the main man in Southeast Antrim, he has seen his tight circle of trusted acolytes dissolve.
Close pal Clifford ‘Trigger’ Irons is currently on bail pending trial on drug trafficking charges. And former trusted lieutenant Colin Simms is in disgrace after being linked to the Carrick murder a year ago of Glenn Quinn.
Convicted killer and drug offender driver Simms was once Fisher’s muscle tasked with controlling a small army of drug dealers in Carrick.
Fisher’s associates subjected Simms to a shootout after he was found with his hands in the cash register.
The demise of Simms was the catalyst for the disintegration of Fisher’s power base.
He moved from the SEA power base in the Rathcoole Estate to the sleepy pools of Greenisland as his grip on SEA weakened.
Carrick’s drug deal is now a mishmash of warring independent criminal gangs.
Convicted shooter Thomas Morgan, a former UDA member, has made his mark on the city’s drug scene.
Dissident groups and mafia linked to the LVF also intervened to claim part of the action.
This has put the city under close scrutiny from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.
Law enforcement agencies see Fisher’s loosening of control as an opportunity.
“When Gary was in full control there would have been no suggestion of a leak, it was a tight and tight operation.
“Fisher is vulnerable and he knows it.
“Fisher can’t make a decision, he isn’t allowed to make a decision and they just keep him there, in part because no one wants the job and they’re waiting for the heat of the workgroup to subside.
“They will let Fisher take the fall before they replace him, they see no point in putting someone else in now just to be targeted.”
The Sunday World also understands that Fisher has grown increasingly paranoid, believing that there is an informant relaying information about his movements to the PSNI.
There is a belief in the organization that the task force is building a case against Fisher and senior SEA officials are content to leave it in place.
“He’s going to take the hit, he’s like a deer in the headlights, there’s nowhere to go.”
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