King, Diane 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1 UK: 230 Gangs Running Ulster Crime SceneTue, 11 May 2004
Source:Edinburgh Evening News (UK) Author:King, Diane Area:United Kingdom Lines:63 Added:05/11/2004

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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