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UDA man David 'Dee' Jenkins who had £500K price tag on his head sentenced

Exiled UDA men had previously been offered a 'free pass' home if they killed Jenkins

David 'Dee' Jenkins was in hiding when he spoke to the Sunday World

Steven Moore & Jamie McDowell

UDA drug dealer David 'Dee' Jenkins has been sentenced to two years in prison after the Paramilitary Crime Task Force seized cannabis, cocaine and money in an investigation into the West Belfast UDA.

Jenkins (42) was sentenced earlier today to two years – one year to be served in custody and the other on licence.

The police said the sentence would run concurrently with a sentence handed down in January.

Detective Inspector O’Neill from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “Officers carried out searches of a property in west Belfast in 2020 and seized a quantity of cannabis and cocaine, as well as a sum of money.

“David Jenkins was subsequently arrested on suspicion of a number of drug-related offences.

“I hope that the investigation and the fact that Jenkins has appeared before court today offers reassurance that we, along with partner organisations, remain committed to disrupting the activities of those involved with illegal drugs.

“The efforts are in keeping with Operation Dealbreaker – that’s our organisational commitment to tackle every aspect of drug misuse across Northern Ireland, and that includes its harrowing impact on the lives and relationships of local people.

“We’re grateful to the public for their continued support and would ask anyone with information, or concerns, to contact us on 101.”

Previously, UDA crime bosses in west Belfast had issued a UK-wide 'Fatwa' on Jenkins and were prepared to pay £500,000 for his head.

The Sunday World at the time revealed the UDA were so desperate to get their man they offered exiled UDA men - forced to flee to Britain alongside Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair in 2003 - a free pass home if they could kill Jenkins.

Johnny Adair

Notorious UFF boss Adair was left out of the offer, however.

The UDA have become so paranoid that that Jenkins (41) is busy grassing them up to the authorities, including the Paramilitary Crime task Force (PCTF), the terror group held top-level meetings about kidnapping a member of his family.

Concerns were raised at a commanders meeting of A, B and C Companies with an agreement that Jenkins needs to be "dealt with".

At that meeting the paranoid paramilitaries said they had even been watching houses linked to Jenkins - in case he got homesick and travelled back to Belfast.

Speaking to the Sunday World, Jenkins said: "They are all full of sh*te. I'd never talk to the peelers, never have. I haven't been in contact with the PCTF since the last time they done the house.

"I've no interest in the peelers - at the minute - but there's always a back-up plan, 'Plan B', and 'Plan B' is all the information I have on the phone and if they want to f*** about and threaten me I'll give the peelers as much sh*te as they want."

He also revealed he only ever dealt with the three 'C' Company brigadiers at the very top and did so on a daily basis - and says he has voice messages, text messages and more evidence should he require to use it.

He added he wasn't afraid of the UDA and warned he would target their families if they did anything to his.

Dealer David ‘Dee’ Jenkins

Jenkins was the terror group's cocaine kingpin and told the Sunday World he had been raking in £500,000 a month from selling drugs on an industrial scale.

Jenkins ran an online drugs network under the name 'Mr P' but fled Northern Ireland last March after being told the loyalist crime gang planned to kill him.

They had blamed him on a missing £10k cache of pure cocaine which disappeared from the Shankill days after he fled the country.

At the time we revealed Jenkins' Mr P business was back up and running, however paranoid Shankill bosses decided to move it out of west Belfast for safety.

The wholesale cocaine business was being run by west Belfast's 'D' Company from a secret address in Newtownards in a bid to keep the PCTF from catching them.

A source said at the time: "They want him dead so bad they have offered £500,000 for his head because that's the amount he told the Sunday World he was making for them in selling drugs every month."

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