12 'drug dealers' ordered out of Belfast

Published Sunday, 12 January 2014
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Alleged drug dealers have been given two weeks to leave Belfast by republicans or face the deadly consequences, according to victims campaigner Raymond McCord.

12 'drug dealers' ordered out of Belfast
Mr McCord said he met with the republican group on Sunday. (© UTV)

Mr McCord was first approached by the vigilantes six months ago, who issued death threats to 20 people for reportedly selling hard drugs.

The campaigner, who has been vocal against paramilitaries since his son was murdered by the UVF in 1997, said he was contacted again on Saturday night and met with the group on Sunday morning.

"They warned people that 12 individuals had to leave their areas or else they would be killed," he explained.

He said they were given two weeks to leave the greater north Belfast area or make representation to them.

Mr McCord said he would be informing the police and informing those he knows who have been threatened.

He added that he was willing to represent those involved to try and resolve the matter.

"There are 12 names that were previously given to me, and they told me they were safe - now they are saying things have changed and they have to leave.

"The concerns are that if these people stay in Belfast, and if they are involved in drugs, they will be killed.

"We've seen in the past what has happened in republican areas, that certain groups have no problem whatsoever with executing people."

A police spokesperson said that the PSNI does not comment on the security of individuals, however they will inform anyone who is threatened.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
darth in Antrim wrote (383 days ago):
well let's hope the big drug dealer in my street is one of them he's been selling drugs for twenty years and hasn't spent one day in jail what's that say
danbot in london via ballymurphy wrote (384 days ago):
Same ole belfast- bullies at work they should b called- cant live by the law cause they think they r the law? Move on & disband - belfast dont want you's
Game Over in for Prohibition wrote (384 days ago):
Legalise and regulate... let us follow Uraguay and Colorado... Colorado removed an estimated $5million from illegal drug gangs in the first WEEK of legalisation!! And lets get these gun toting thugs off our streets and into custody where they belong.
Dude in Ards wrote (384 days ago):
If everything was decriminalised and regulated we wouldnt have foolish paramilitaries telling us what to take and what not.. Green rolexes anyone? Where were the big men with guns then? Oh yea paid up and happy in the bar letting kids die
mick in belfast wrote (384 days ago):
how about if drugs where made legal, controlled and regulated we would see less of this kind of behaviour along with cutting off a source or revenue for organised crime. oh wait you wouldn't have the same potential for social control and manipulation.
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