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Ballymun links Claims UVF drugs boss got woman with drug debt to pay him back via OnlyFans cash

It's understood Gray has made drug connections in Ballymun because many dealers in the north refuse to do business with him

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Paul Gray

Paul Gray

Paul Gray

Desperate ex-UVF drug boss Paul Gray has got a woman selling ‘sexy’ pics and videos online to pay off a drug debt, a source has claimed.

The former brigadier for the UVF in North Antrim set the woman up with an OnlyFans account, according to sources, and between the pair they are making a small fortune.

OnlyFans is a subscription-based social media phenomenon where people – often young women – can make a fortune by charging ‘fans’ to view their racy pictures and videos.

Initially it was a huge hit with people in the pornography and sex work industry who needed to make cash during the Covid lockdown.

However, it has since exploded worldwide with people from all walks of life taking the opportunity to make extra cash, charging a monthly subscription of between £3.90 and £39.

We can reveal Gray has been left isolated in recent months since cops raided his home and seized a number of electronic devices as well as his car.

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Darren Moore. Photo Pacemaker Press

Darren Moore. Photo Pacemaker Press

Darren Moore. Photo Pacemaker Press

Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force raided his Ballymena home and business premises last October.

But criminals are reluctant to trade with Gray anymore because they fear he’s done a deal with the cops in the wake of the death of Ballymena drug lord Noel Johnston.

He publicly told us after the raids that he’d turned his back on crime and was trying to make an honest living.

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Noel Johnston

Noel Johnston

Noel Johnston

However, according to sources, it’s understood he’s still heavily involved in the drugs trade in the bible belt town.

Sources in Ballymena say Gray has even been abandoned by his best pal, former Mount Vernon UVF thug Darren Moore, who has refused to deal with him in fear he has become a police tout.

And it’s understood that with few criminals north of the border prepared to go into business with him, he’s set up contacts with drug dealers based in the Republic.

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“He’s doing business with drug dealing gangs based in Ballymun,” a Ballymena source told us.

“Nobody up here will touch him because everyone thinks he’s a tout. They think the raids on his house by the anti-paramilitary cops were even staged.

“I’d be surprised if he’s touting but he seems to be able to operate with very little hassle from the cops while everyone around him is getting scooped.”

Last October Gray told this paper he had “given up crime” but despite his claims specialist crime cops appear to not believe him.

The convicted criminal spoke out after cops raided his Ballymena home and business premises and seized electronic devices and a car.

The raids came after the death of drug kingpin Noel Johnston, who fell 50ft from a flat when cops were bursting through the front door two weeks ago.

Gray said of the raids: “What can I do about it? I just leave it in the hands of my lawyer.”

Gray claimed he was happy to work these days as an honest businessman and he had put criminality behind him, adding, “Everyone has a past... especially in a place like this. But I’m just trying to survive.”

Heavily armed cops raided Gray’s home in the smart Knockkeen Road area as well as two businesses linked to him in the Co Antrim town.

They seized Gray’s grey jeep and two mobile phones. For the first time, the police admitted the raid on Gray’s home was connected to “ongoing drug-related criminality”.

A PSNI spokesman said: “A number of electronic devices were seized together with a vehicle during the search operation. These will be subject to further examination.”

Former commander Gray was once one of the UVF’s blue-eyed boys – it was his unit that supplied the shotguns used in the murder of Bobby Moffett on the Shankill in May 2010.

But the relationship with headquarters soon soured. The axe finally fell when UVF investigators discovered thousands of pounds missing from a special Somme Commemoration account which had been under the control of Gray.

steven.moore@sundayworld.com

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