A dangerous crime gang known as ‘The Russians’ are dealing killer heroin in the grounds of two hospitals, it can be revealed.
The gang, made up of a number of Russian and Lithuanian nationals, are believed to be main players in the north’s evolving heroin trade.
In recent weeks brazen members have been actively dealing at a number of very public addresses, including the grounds of the Royal Victoria and Belfast City hospitals.
The Belfast Trust said that criminal activity of any kind on any of its sites will not be tolerated. “The grounds of our hospitals are public areas and we work closely with the PSNI to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff,” a spokeswoman added.
Other popular dealing spots in recent weeks have been near the Europa Hotel, Belfast Boat Club, Queen’s Playing Fields and Europa Bus and Train Station, according to security sources. The Lisburn Road and Stranmillis areas are currently very active areas for the gang’s dealers.
Street level members are known to carry wraps of heroin in their mouths. If they come across police they then swallow them.
Despite the jailing last year of a man described as the “brains” behind the gang’s operation – Lithuanian national Gintas Vengalis – police sources have said they are still “very active.”
Vengalis is currently serving 21 months in prison after pleading guilty in May 2015 to heroin supply.