UDA thugs ‘take shelter’ as drug gang led by ‘Piglet’ Coburn says to disband or face consequences
About 150 UDA thugs were ordered to disband and cease their drug trafficking activities this week – via text message.
And the new shock – which is part of a UDA cleanup bid to get their share of millions of pounds in government funds – has sent a beleaguered boss to ‘scream’ all the way home as old foes have already started to settle old scores.
Members of the terrorist group had all been members of the infamous UDA “B” Society, which had been led by a figure known in loyalty as “The Rat”.
He was making thousands of pounds for UDA West Belfast, but as he faced serious criminal charges last year he had to steer clear.
Incredibly, the terrorist group, according to sources, has put a convicted thug and drug dealer in charge of Company “B” – recovering drug addict Raymond “Piglet” Coburn.
Coburn earned his nickname from working on a pig farm.
He has always been seen as a puppet in charge of the motley group of loyalists who formed “B” Company with The Rat still pulling the strings.
Now the two have been left out and without the cover and protection given to them under the UDA and sources say there are plenty of people looking for revenge for the previous disputes.
“It’s a duck hunt on the Shankill right now with ex-UDAs taking cover,” a source said.
“This is the biggest purge of UDA men ever and it’s done by themselves. It’s huge. There are people scattering and running for safety now.
“The SMS was sent a few days ago to tell everyone in The Rat’s UDA gang that they were done. They were told to disband and stop dealing drugs.
“He controlled about 150 members that stretched from Shankill to Tigers Bay, Antrim, Ballymena, Glengormley and Dervock.
“They were known as the Rejected because they had mostly been expelled or refused to join other paramilitary units and organizations.
“And they made loads of enemies along the way. The Piglet was once confronted at a supermarket gas station on Wednesday night.
“He was spotted by a loyalist who had an old score to settle and went to look for him. Words were exchanged and Coburn was chased across the forecourt for a few minutes. He managed to escape with the help of his mother who drove him away from trouble.
“Apparently after being ordered to disband he went to Southeast Antrim and asked for blanket but was told where to go.”
As revealed last week, sources claim that the UDA in West Belfast has undergone a major upheaval, including the resignation of UDA figures such as Jim Spence and Denis ‘Dopey’ Cunningham.
A spokesperson for Jim Spence said last night in a statement to the Sunday World: “Mr Spence has not ‘stepped down’ from any role as a senior UDA official, as Mr Spence is not not, and has never been, a member of a proscribed group.
“It is trite to point out that the UDA before 1992 was a fully legal organization.”
It is understood that the UDA has taken drastic action against its lawless drug trafficking wing in a bid to convince the government that it deserves an estimated £ 50million of ‘Fresh Start’ funding supposed to be spent on paramilitary groups that promise to transform.
It comes after it emerged last year that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby held secret meetings with loyalists as well as Republicans and government officials at Lambeth Palace in London.
Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) figures including UVF-linked Winston Winkie Irvine as well as UVF leaders Bunter Graham and Harry Stockman have been invited to London for talks.
Sources claim that while the UDA was represented it was sidelined to some extent due to its rampant crime in West Belfast and in particular its connection to drug trafficking and others forms of crime.
“After these meetings in England, the UDA was ordered to put his house in order and drop the crime if he wanted some of that money,” a source said.
Matt Kincaid (West Belfast Brigadier) feared the UDA would miss out and be left behind. Belfast that it is the UDA that runs the drug gangs.
“UDA figures like Jackie McDonald have also made it clear that other areas managed by the UDA want community funding and don’t want to miss because of the rampant drug trafficking in West Belfast.
“This is why there was this upheaval and this is why Company ‘B’ was informed that it had been completely dissolved.
“Winkie has been tasked with controlling the UVF on the Shankill while a relative of Mo Courtney takes over the UDA field in place of Jim Spence.
“The men on the ground say what they are doing is turning the UDA men into ‘Paid Peacekeepers’.”
As a result, the PSNI is closely monitoring developments within the terrorist group, as threats have already been made against former members of “B” Company.
“There is a dispute that dates back almost seven years when gang members attacked a man who had ties to Mount Vernon UVF with axes and hammers,” a source said.
“It has boiled since because the man was seriously injured. The men who did it had UDA cover and couldn’t be touched, but it disappeared and I know there are people there. to Mount Vernon who are ready for revenge.
“There are plenty of examples like that. The Rat himself has not been seen since his gang was disbanded. His house was plunged into darkness and there was some sort of attack on it. his door. “
Sources on the Shankill remain skeptical whether the UDA will ever be able to break away from drug trafficking and crime.
“It might work for a while, but the drug trade was making more money than the government could ever pour under their noses,” an insider said.
“Make no mistake, this is a massive upheaval in the UDA and time will tell if they are genuine. There is no doubt that there are a lot of loyalists in the UDA and the UVF who want to truly transform into community groups.
“But the drug smuggling on the Shankill is not going to stop – if the UDA doesn’t, someone else will fill the void. It is very likely that you will find that the UDA will do more of this. that UVF is doing and will start taxing drug dealers.
“That way, they can say that their members are not involved in the transactions but will still make a fortune out of it.”
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