Former glue addict hunting dealers to rid city of heroin scourge
A VIGILANTE dad is stalking the streets of Belfast – hunting heroin dealers.
Dope-slinging scumbags now have another foe as they poison our communities. Gary Moore (34), originally from west Belfast and who is due in court this week charged with battering an alleged heroin dealer, is hounding pushers across the city, videoing them on his mobile and posting their faces on social media.
Now he’s spoken to the Sunday World about his mission, revealing a video he took when he challenged a heroin dealer from the ‘Russians’ gang on the banks of the Lagan just days ago.
Challenging the dealer, who doesn’t deny what he’s up to, Gary shouts: “This is a walkway where children play – not heroin dealers.
“Scumbag, selling heroin around here. Move off!”
Gary then moves over to the bin where several wraps of heroin have been dumped. As the dealer makes his way to a nearby bin to ditch his stash, Gary is heard saying: “Go on. Ditch it.”
The dealer then menacingly moves towards Gary, before thinking better of it and making his way from the scene as Gary examines the large amount of heroin which has been dumped.
Gary said yesterday: “He knew I was following him when I took the video. There were kids about at the time and I had be careful. You can see in the video where he goes to the bin and dumps the gear.
“There are kids everywhere down by the towpath by the Lagan. What happens if a kid picks up a dirty needle and pricks themselves or another child with it and they get hepatitis? UP
“In areas like that you notice over time that once they get comfortable selling the stuff there, they soon get comfortable shooting up there as well, and that’s a community area.”
Gary himself had a troubled youth and has spent a total of 11 years in jail.
Addicted to glue as a teenager, he frequently got into trouble with both the police and republican paramilitaries.
“I was shot in both ankles in 1999, then in my left kneecap in 2003. In 2006 I was beaten in Ardoyne, suffering a broken collarbone and two broken elbows. I’ve been on and off drugs all my life. I was no angel, but I never sold drugs. I believe that people can change and I’ve changed an awful lot.”
Speaking of the plague of heroin threatening to grip Belfast, he explained: “Me and my friends grew up sniffing glue and getting into trouble. There was no heroin back then.
“If anything, the paramilitaries kept a lid on it. But now I look at kids growing up in these areas and they’re going straight on to the needle. I honestly never thought I’d see the day when heroin got a hold here.
“I mean, Protestants and Catholics spend so much time hating each other, I think we need to take a step back and realise that we need to put our differences aside and fight this war against heroin together.”
As a result of his crusade against heroin, Gary says the ex-Provos who once shot and beat him now congratulate him for his work.
“Now the same IRA men who used to terrorise me when I was a kid for getting into trouble are coming up to me in the street and saying, ‘fair play to you for what you’re doing’.
“This sh*t is everywhere now in the Shankill, Divis and the lower Falls. What’s going to happen when joyriders and burglars start doing it? Innocent people are going to die.
“Things are already bad in Divis.
"If heroin starts to get hold in there things will get much worse – and there are a lot of good, decent people in Divis.
“Belfast is starting to get like Dublin and Liverpool.
“I’ve lived in both those cities when I was put out of Belfast by the IRA."