MORE than 230 gangs are now running Northern Ireland's billion-pound
organised crime industry, a report revealed today.
Even though 60 top-level outfits were smashed or disrupted in the past
year, dangerous new groups with global links have moved in to plug the gap.
Loyalist and republican terrorists are heavily involved in sophisticated
illegal operations stretching from North America to the Far East, the
Government assessment confirmed.
Massive levels of drug smuggling, counterfeiting and extortion were
uncovered in the Organised Crime Task Force's latest threat assessment.
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