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UDA attack LVF in war over drugs


North Belfast republican rubbishes UDA drug tape claims

Loyalist sources have claimed that an incident on Monday evening in which the UDA was involved and a shot fired in the Ballysillan area was over a drugs dispute.

The PSNI have confirmed they are investigating an incident where a group of men entered a house in the Ballysillan area and attempted to take a male occupant outside. During the struggle a shot was fired but no injuries were reported.

Loyalist sources have confirmed to the North Belfast News that the gang were from the UDA, and were looking for an LVF member in a dispute linked to the local drugs trade.

"They were up looking for a particular LVF member because they want to take control of the drugs empire that he runs. We are talking about a lot of money here, and they will do anything to get their hands on it," the source claimed.

It is believed that the man the gang were looking for was not in, and the shot was fired after the group clashed with other LVF members who confronted the gang.

Meanwhile a North Belfast republican has denied claims from the UDA that he was involved in drug deals with the LVF.

Speaking after Monday night's incident, UPRG spokesman Sammy Duddy said the attack was sparked by the UDA allegedly holding secret recordings of an LVF boss organising drug deals with Ardoyne Republican, Paul Carson, who is a member of the IRSP. In a statement released yesterday (Wednesday) the IRSP member vehemently denied the claims.

"I emphatically deny any allegations regarding any involvement in drugs.

"I have been, and continue to be a republican all my adult life, and my republican credentials are there for all to see.

"I have not been involved in drugs. My record in my community is clear.

"These allegations have been around for years and are an attempt to demonise me.

"They emanate from British intelligence, PSNI Special Branch and criminal and loyalist sources who are up to their necks in drug dealing.

Mr Carson added: "These false allegations will not stop my involvement in republican socialist politics. Those making the allegations should put up or shut up."

Speaking in response to the UDA attack in Ballysillan the NIO issued a statement on behalf of the Secretary of State saying he was keeping all cease-fires under review.

January 6, 2006

This article appeared first on the Irelandclick.com web site on January 5, 2006.