Glasgow, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 10, 2011 -- Exclusive by Chris Musson. ARMED cops looking for guns and drugs have raided the Scots home of convicted terror kingpin Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair. Police have intelligence that the notorious Ulster hardman is now behind a criminal network in quiet Troon, Ayrshire. More than 70 armed, uniformed and plain-clothes officers joined yesterday's early-morning operation, which also targeted five other addresses linked to Adair. Drugs and cash were found at one of the properties. Strathclyde Police associates said the swoop was part of their "commitment to tackling serious and organised crime".
Area commander Chief Inspector Andy Sweeney said: "The operation this morning sends a clear message to people involved in this type of crime. "We are watching them, and we will continue to disrupt their activities to make their lives as difficult as possible." Adair, 43, was on his way out when police - in riot gear and carrying a battering ram - arrived at his first-floor flat in the centre of Troon at about 8am. He let the officers in and they spent more than an hour inside.
Adair, his 25-year-old son Jonathan, known as "Mad Pup", and three "family friends" who had stayed the night at the flat were given full body searches. Nothing was recovered from Adair's home and he later drove off on a trip to the local recycling centre. But at another of the addresses targeted, police found about £400 worth of cannabis and Valium and several hundred pounds in cash.
A 34-year-old man was held in custody on drug charges, while a man and woman aged 23 and 33 will be reported to the fiscal over alleged drugs offences. Adair led C Company of the ruthless Ulster Freedom Fighters, a cover name of the UDA. His Belfast gang were linked to more than 30 murders and were involved in drug-dealing, bootleg tobacco and other crime.
Adair was jailed for 16 years in 1995 for directing terrorism but released in 1999 under the Good Friday Agreement. He then became involved in a bitter power struggle with other Loyalists, and he was forced to flee Ulster with his family in 2003 after his gang were blamed for the murder of UDA leader John "Grug" Gregg.
It emerged last month that Adair was a "top target" for police and Customs officers probing a huge cigarette-smuggling scam. They believe Adair's gang controls the trade in Ayrshire. But when the Record spoke to him after yesterday's raids, Adair insisted his days as a mobster were behind him.
He said: "I'm not involved in any criminality what sover - be it drugs, gangsterism or the firearms they were looking for this morning. "They should get that into their f****** thick skulls. I'm past all that - that was my past. "They could have been out catching real criminals rather than wasting their time here."
Despite his early release from jail, Adair, who describes himself as "unemployed", said he had "paid his debt to society". And he complained: "I don't like the police coming armed into my premises and searching it in front of my family and friends. "It's quite frightening, especially when you know they have nothing on you. I just hope it's not harassment - I had enough of that in Northern Ireland." Adair said he complained about how the police were handling his possessions and told them to put things back where they found them - "and this they did do". He said the other raids in Troon yesterday morning were "nothing to do with me".