Embattled mobster Gary Fisher is under fire for taking his entourage on a sunny, drug-fueled merry party in Mexico.
ous Fisher, the terrorist leader of East Antrim’s UDA, and his band of merry men have flown to Latin America for a week-long party as a ‘reward’ for their loyalty.
The Sunday World understands that the notoriously secretive Fisher arranged the surprise trip days before departure and that everyone lucky enough to receive a ticket was sworn to secrecy.
They have also been banned from all social media activity by the pool at their luxury hotel and told that no photos should be taken or shared with anyone, even close family.
Fisher is obsessed with his private life and paranoid about the details of his movements made public.
It’s unclear which station hosted the UDA rabble, but sources in their Carrickfergus heartland said the purpose of the trip was to party.
‘There will have been no shortage of medicine and you can only imagine what happens on a fresh boys’ trip to the sun,’ our source says.
He said Fisher was footing the bill, but in reality the money came from SEA’s drug kitty.
It is understood the boys landed home last night, swapping the sunny beaches of Mexico for the freezing windswept streets of Carrick and Rathcoole.
The transatlantic joy hit a negative note with SEA members left shivering in the wintry weather.
The trip coincided with the anniversary of the February 2003 murder of former SEA chief John ‘Grug Gregg.
The death of the revered terror leader has traditionally been marked by a gathering of the men of his unit at the Rathcoole estate, north of the city. This year, the organization’s leaders were sipping pina coladas on lounge chairs 8,000 miles away.
A veteran close to Gregg said the members were disgusted.
“It’s not going to go well for Gary,” he said. Gregg was so well respected, many older men remain deeply loyal to him and in his memory, in their eyes, it was disrespectful.
Ironically, Fisher was close to his former boss and it is understood he dressed the trip as a tribute to Gregg, but it backfired.
UDA members gathered last week to remember Gregg.
“Every year we get together, it’s an order, you have no choice,” our source said.
“In years past we had to show up in costume, there was a show of force and then the boys had a few beers, that was our way of showing respect and that’s how the UDA does it. , without doing any narco.Mexico vacation package.”
It’s unclear how many were on the trip there are five battalion commanders then there are area commanders covering Carrick, nearby Larne and Rathcoole so there may be up to 10 taking advantage of the best Mexico can to offer.
Sources also said that Fisher had an ulterior motive for organizing the ride. It is well known that the under pressure crime boss wants to get out of the drug business and retire as a brigadier.
His leadership has been undermined in recent months with a committee of veterans taking over the day-to-day running of the criminal operation.
Insiders say Fisher is a brigadier in name only and is being held in place as a scapegoat amid growing attention to SEA by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.
None of the current commanders are willing to take up the mantle, with Fisher’s inner circle rejecting the job when years ago there would have been a queue around the block for a job that brings the promise of significant personal wealth.
“They’ve seen what the last few years have done to Fisher, he’s a paranoid wreck and he looks terrible. The pressure the cops put on him is unreal.”
Sources say that moving the commanders away was an opportunity for Fisher to gauge their loyalty to him.
“Gary is totally paranoid, he’ll use this trip to see who he can trust and who he can’t, he’s not a big party animal, so while the boys get emotional he’ll watch and listen.
“Anyway, Gary is in a bad place, it’s like he’s been held against his will and he doesn’t know who to trust anymore.”
Former Brigadier John Gregg was shot dead on his way back to Belfast after a Rangers game in Glasgow. He was shot dead as he was being chased off the ferry at the Belfast docks.
He was the victim of a personal vendetta with the killers from Johnny Adair’s notorious UFF C company based in lower Shankill.
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