Man says he was a drug dealer

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A Derry man who was targeted by vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) has said he was involved in the drugs trade.

The man, who did not wish to be identified, was targeted in a gun attack in the city earlier this year.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ the man said; “I was involved in dealing drugs but I have stopped now.”

He also said he was questioned by masked members of RAAD. “I was taken away by RAAD members with masks on and they questioned me for several hours about my involvement in the drugs trade.

“They had a lot of information about me and about many other people in the town who are involved in the drugs trade. Their intelligence was very comprehensive,” he said.

The attack victim also encouraged to others involved in the drug trade to stop.

“I would advise any drug dealers out there to stop because these people have a lot of information about known drug dealers in the town as well as information on people who are not known.

“I have stopped what I was involved in and anyone else who is still doing it should give it up too. It’s just not worth it because these people know everything that is going on.

“I just want to get on with my life in peace,” he said.

RAAD have carried out several attacks on a number of individuals across the city in recent months. These have included gun attacks on individuals and houses as well as a number of pipe bomb attacks.

The organisation has been responsible for dozens of attacks in Derry, Strabane, Dungiven, and Donegal since its formation two years ago.

As well as carrying out so-called punishment style shootings, they have also exiled a number of people from the city and issued death threats against many individuals.

In a recent attack in the Brandywell area of the city the group claim to have fired an Uzi sub-machine gun at an individual who was walking a dog.