Drug lords, who are on a dissident Republican death list, have been warned it will cost them £10,000 to lift the threats to their lives.
hat is the price cocaine baron Sean Fox’s killers demand for silent guns.
The hooded hitmen who shot the former Irish League footballer 20 times at a social club in west Belfast are believed to belong to a violent INLA faction.
In the wake of the Fox murder, they have announced that more than a dozen other dealers who have flooded nationalist areas in north and west Belfast with drugs are in their sights. Sunday Life is aware of their identity.
Many of these people have been visited by the police in recent days to warn them that their lives are in danger.
Official PSNI TM1 news leaked to them and seen by Sunday Life chillingly states: “The identified individuals could be at risk of some form of attack if they do not leave their areas. The use of firearms cannot be ruled out.
“[Name redacted] appears on this list. It is understood that this may relate to you. Please check your personal safety.”
Most of those dealers went under after receiving the threats, some flew to Spain and even those who were friends of Fox stayed away from his funeral last Tuesday for fear of being identified.
Others have contacted the Republican faction responsible for the murder.
Sources say they have been told an immediate payment of £10,000 and regular monthly payments thereafter would be required to have the threats against them lifted.
The demand has raised concern among drug lords, most of whom are already being taxed thousands of pounds by the incumbent INLA and ONH (Oglaigh na hEireann).
Sean Fox paid for both groups and for that reason he thought he was safe and stuck to the same Sunday afternoon drinking routine at the Donegal Celtic (DC) Social Club.
It was his latest refusal to hand over money to a third group – the INLA faction around the Turf Lodge estate – that sealed the 42-year-old’s fate.
Two gunmen ambushed him while he was sitting in the DC bar two weeks ago and pumped 20 bullets into his head and body.
CCTV shows the killers entering and exiting the complex in 21 seconds before fleeing on foot to a shelter at the nearby Lenadoon estate.
Fox’s criminal allies, stunned by his murder, believe he was set up by one of the street dealers to whom he supplied cocaine.
The prime suspect is a Belfast man who drives a top-of-the-line car and takes luxury vacations despite never having had any meaningful employment.
Before selling Fox’s cocaine, he worked for Jim “JD” Donegan, another drug lord gunned down by dissident Republicans in 2018 while behind the wheel of his £80,000 Porsche.
After the murder, Fox, Donegan’s best friend, moved into his pal’s house in Lisburn and took over his car leasing business, which was a front for crime.
He has also foolishly defrauded his dealers, including the man who is now suspected of instigating both of them into murder.
“Foxy continued to use this guy to sell drugs for him, even though many people believe he started JD,” a criminal source told Sunday Life.
“Everybody knows this guy was kidnapped by the INLA a few weeks before JD was killed. He told them all about the money he made and the drugs he sold.
“The talk is that he did the same thing to Foxy. Because this guy has now ratted out two of his so-called friends, other traders call him ‘Rat Rat’.”
In the latest police appeal for information about the killing of Sean Fox and 15 other gun killings of dissident Republicans in north and west Belfast, Chief Superintendent Darrin Jones said: “We need the community to work with us and come forward to help tell the police what they know about the people committing these heinous murders.”
The charity Crimestoppers has offered a £20,000 reward for any information that could lead to a conviction of the killers.
Ch Supt Jones added: “We are determined to bring Sean’s killers to justice, but we really need the continued support and help of the local community to do this.”
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/sean-fox-murder-dealers-told-to-cough-up-10k-to-violent-inla-faction-or-die-42069357.html Sean Fox murder: Dealers told to cough up £10k to violent INLA faction or die