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Drug cash seized from UVF will be donated to hospice for terminally ill patients

The announcement came after a UVF-connected dealer was jailed for three years after he was caught with £270k worth of cocaine

Steven Moore

UVF drug cash seized by the PSNI will be used to help make lives for terminally ill patients better, it has emerged.

Almost £7,000 taken from a convicted drug dealer will be donated to the Southern Area Hospice according to the PSNI.

The police force made the announcement after a UVF-connected drug dealer was jailed for three years after he was caught with £270,000 worth of cocaine last May.

Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) welcomed the sentence handed down to Brian Dempsey at Newry Crown Court on Wednesday.

The 57-year-old will serve 18 months in custody and the other 18 months on licence.

The conviction came after a PCTF investigation into suspected drugs criminality linked to the East Belfast UVF.

Detective Sergeant Thompson said: “Officers searched a property in east Belfast in May 2021 and seized a quantity of cocaine, with an estimated street value of around £270,000.

“Dempsey was charged with drugs offences, including the possession a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply, and possession of criminal property.

“A sum of cash, totalling £6,570, was seized; and, following today’s forfeiture order, this money will be donated to the Southern Area Hospice Services.”

Southern Area Hospice Services provide invaluable care and support to patients with life limiting illnesses including Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, HIV and Aids.  Our services are available to patients who live within the Southern Health Board region.

Detective Sergeant Thompson continued: “The investigation, and today’s outcome, demonstrates the PCTF’s commitment to tackle those groups who make a living from crime – and always at the expense of others.

"These people don’t care about the devastating effects of illegal drugs. They care nothing for the lives and relationships ruined along the way.

“I’m grateful for the support of the local community and would encourage anyone with information, or concerns, to contact us on 101.”

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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