Hang the scum! The time has come to get tough with convicted drug pushers who are poisoning our community with their evil trade. Thailand has the right attitude to convicted dealers – let them dangle at the end of a rope!
And all their assets should be seized and ploughed into the health service which is already at breaking point trying to deal with the fall-out from the latest batch of killer tabs.
Polish criminals based in Dublin have been using their dissident republican and rogue loyalist contacts to flood the North with more than 20,000 killer E-tabs which have claimed the lives of 10 young people, a well-informed church source told me last night.
And the source warned that the death toll could rise amid fears that mainstream loyalists are ready to break their ceasefires and go to war against the dealers.
The source has been counselling some of the young people affected by the killer tabs and said that 'serious meetings among loyalist paramilitaries have been taking place at the highest echelons' to discuss what has to be done. He said:
The three types of drugs are coming from dissident republicans based in Dublin to rogue elements connected to loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland, but the real source of the drugs is believed to be Polish criminals who are passing them to the dissidents.
There are three types of tab coming out of Dublin – White Ghosts which came in before Christmas; Double Cherries which came in at Christmas, and Green Rolexes which came in in the last few weeks.
The dosage of each has been stronger and the idea is to get the people hooked on the White Ghosts, then they need the Double Cherries, and then they want the Green Rolexes. With each type of tab, the potency level is increased, but now with this latter batch they have gone too far.
It is estimated there are now more than 20,000 of these tabs in Northern Ireland. The UVF and UDA have both told me that they are being distributed by rogue elements who feel disenfranchised, and some are not even in their organisations.
The well-placed source said 10 people had died so far from the deadly pills, including one alleged dealer. He claimed quite a few people had been already admitted to hospital. He added:
While there are more than 20,000 of these tabs still around, many are being dumped. I just hope they are being placed in drugs bins to stop young children getting their hands on them.
There are 10 people dead at the minute, but there could be more. It is an absolute nightmare as I don't know why these tabs are affecting some people and not others. The leaderships of the various paramilitary groups in loyalism are in serious meetings. They are very worried and the ceasefires could be in jeopardy. Some people could end up in a skip if any people are caught dealing.
I would be annoyed at politicians trying to claim credit for combating this situation when they don't deserve it.
My own sources spoke to the PSNI after the second death and warned them of the links.
The casualty units at hospitals are at breaking point because people who took the tabs are walking in, totally petrified, and claiming they are unwell. There is real anger among the loyalist paramilitary leaderships which I have not seen since the loyalist feuds of a few years ago. They are gunning for someone, but they will do a thorough investigation before they take action. There have been allegations that one of the dealers was a community worker who was caught with three grand from selling drugs.
The clock is ticking. Face reality TDs and MLAs, we need the rope as soon as possible.