‘I was the UDA’s Coke King’

A DRUG baron who escaped a gangland assassination bid outside his Shankill home has revealed how he was making West Belfast UDA £500k a month selling pure cocaine – and now they want to kill him.

David ‘Dee’ Jenkins.

David ‘Dee’ Jenkins –  the man known as ‘Mr P’ – today lifts the lid on the ‘C’ Coy (Company) drug network as he prepares to flee Northern Ireland under death threat from the same terror bosses who vowed to protect him.

In an exclusive interview, the 41 year-old names the UDA HQ commanders who helped him run his poisonous coke empire which flooded Ulster, and says he now believes the gang want to make him the “next Alan McCullough”.

Today he tells the Sunday World he will have “the last laugh”, revealing the paramafia gang’s inner secrets and how its claims to be “cleaning up” the drug scene in their own community are a pack of lies.

And he confirms his belief that a gang linked to drug dealing rivals, brothers Dee and Gary ‘Goof’ Coleman, were behind an attempt to murder him in the back garden of his own home  – and how a gunman known to him shot an innocent man.

In explosive allegations Jenkins, now in hiding with his partner and kids, also claims how:

  • Senior ‘C’ Coy bosses, including convicted killer Mo Courtney an ‘Dopey’ Denis Cunningham, allowed him to deal drugs on the Shankill
  • The UDA vowed to murder the Coleman brothers over the attempt on his life 
  • he faked a death threat from dissident republicans 
  • he was behind cars being torched on the estate, widely blamed on the UVF
  • AND the terror gang is now running his multimillion pound drug peddling business under the same name

Jenkins operated a huge online drugs supply network under the pseudonym ‘Mr P’ from his Shankill home.
He claims to have supplied pure cocaine all over Belfast, with buyers for the highly addictive drug travelling from as far away as Dublin and Fermanagh to buy coke in the loyalist stronghold.

However, that came to an end last week when he was told that the UDA was taking over his drug operation and are now continuing to peddle poison under the Mr P name.

On Saturday night, he received a phone call warning him his life was in danger. He immediately fled the home he shared with his partner and children. He has been in hiding since.

The cocaine kingpin now plans to leave Northern Ireland for good, but not before “setting the record straight” on his part in the UDA fall out.

Speaking to this newspaper from a secret location, he said: “The UDA allowed me to sell drugs. 

“I met them face-to-face, on many occasions. Senior members of ‘C’ Company and they were telling me to get more gear and get more money in.

“They told me I couldn’t source my own drugs, I had to buy drugs off them and then I got my cut and they got theirs. 
“I was making them £140k a week, so you are talking half a million (pounds) a month and I’ve been doing it for them for the last year and a half.

“There were times Mr P was selling two or three key a week. “It’s £63,000 a key and a key would have about 1000 grams of pure cocaine in it. Pure coke was the only thing that Mr P dealt in, that was enough for him.
“At the height of it, he was making £5k a day. Mr P’s best week was £146,000, and he set a target to make £1000 an hour.

“I don’t know where the money was going, but I do know the amount of money I was giving over and the amount of money they were paying for profit. “They were 10s, of 10s and 10s up. And I would say they are 100s up since I worked for them.

“I was used and abused by the UDA, but in turn, I used and abused them. Now they want to kill me, but I’ll get the last laugh.”
On February 21, a lone gunman mistakenly opened fire on an innocent individual who had called to Jenkins Hopewell Crescent home, right in the heart of the C Company’s heartland.
The man was struck a number of times but miraculously survived. It came just after a number of cars were burnt out in the estate, with blame being put at the feet of the UVF.

The rival terror gang were reported to have torched the vehicles in a bid a stop to UDA drug dealing in the area because it hoped to get its hands on £5million from the Northern Ireland Office’s (NIO) Fresh Start fund.

In the immediate aftermath of the kill bid, dissident republicans who had reportedly threatened Jenkins days before were suspected of being responsible.

An image of PSNI threat to life notice notifying the 41 year-old, who has convictions for cultivating cannabis, of the threat was circulated on social media.

It read: “Police are in receipt of information that Dissident Republicans may intend to take some form of imminent violent action against David Jenkins. Police believe this may refer to you, please review your personal security.”

It soon became clear that the attempted murder was not carried out by dissidents, but by those connected to drug rivals Dee and Gary Coleman.

Dee, 35, had been selling cocaine on his native Shankill Road in Belfast prior to being forced out of the area earlier this month.

The West Belfast UDA, of which he was once a senior member, later wrecked his Hopewell Crescent home.Dee and Goof, a convicted cocaine dealer, were then forced from the estate over Jenkins shooting. Up until that point, they had been paying protection money to the UDA to stay in the area.

Both brothers were once close pals of Jenkins, pictured here with Goof at the Shankill’s bonfire, before a fall out over turf.

Jenkins now admits to stirring up tension within the estate as part of that feud.

“The UVF didn’t burn those cars and I didn’t receive a threat from dissident republicans. It was all me,” he said.
“I did it all but everyone else got the blame for it.

“I did it to play with people’s heads. There was jealousy and envy and I took advantage of that. I don’t get jealous of anyone, never have, never will.

“The time it was going about that the UVF were trying to put people out of business in the area well it just so happened that it all went on around a certain time and it all fell into place for me. 

“I selected a few people to target because I knew some people had a gripe with the Coleman brothers and if they were going to get the blame for doing stuff, I was going to make sure they were getting the blame and that’s the way it happened.
“The death threats, you couldn’t write that either. I set that up myself, I got someone to send it.

“The Coleman brothers got the blame for the death threat. Then my house was shot at. Someone used an excuse of a death threat that I got to shoot me, or shoot someone in my back garden. That was stupid of them too because I sent myself the death threat. 

“The UDA thought it was the Coleman brothers that sent it, they still do. They were telling me to wear a bullet proof vest and when I was sitting in my house and I was saying to myself, what the f*** am I wearing this bullet proof vest for? I sent it to myself.

“I called up into the UDA office and one of them patted me on the stomach and said, hope you’ve got that on. But there was no death threat, it was all done by me.”

Recalling the night of the shooting, Jenkins told the Sunday World: “I was up the stairs and I heard the shots, bang, bang. 

“I looked out the window and saw someone being shot. I grabbed a crossbow and went out the downstairs, seen who was shot, got the Mrs and kids out of the house, secured the house and got someone to phone an ambulance.

“I wasn’t worried about him, I was only worried about my Mrs and kids. I didn’t know the person. I don’t know why he was at my house. I just heard someone at the gate and then bang, bang, bang and saw someone lying in the garden.”

Asked how he felt after such a brazen attempt was made on his life, Jenkins said: “It didn’t make me angry, it didn’t make me scared.

“I knew straight away who was behind it, where it was directed from.

“It was their gofers. And actually, the gunman came into my house the very next day. 

“I didn’t know it was him at this stage and I jokingly said, are you here to set me up again? I just saw his whole face draining. 

“He’d actually asked tried to get me out into the back garden for a smoke, but I said no. 

“He was probably trying to finish the job because I know if it was me, had I of got the wrong person I’d try to get the right one.
“When it came out who the gunman was, the UDA told me to let them know the next time he was in my house. Four days later, he was back.”

Jenkins claims the man, with links to the Coleman brothers, was then subjected to a vicious beating in his home.

“Let’s just say he got a wee bit of a slap about and he hasn’t been seen from it.”

It was from then that his relationship with UDA godfathers started to sour, now almost two months on Jenkins fears he will be the terror gang’s “next Alan McCollough”.

Published by Patricia Devlin

Award winning journalist based in Ireland covering crime and investigations.

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