No Information to Link Irish Terrorist Organizations to International Narcotics Trafficking

OSI-00-18R: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on irish terrorist organizations, focusing on whether they are engaged in international narcotics trafficking.

GAO noted that: (1) Irish and British law enforcement officials provided no information that Irish terrorist organizations are engaged in international narcotics trafficking; (2) however, some Loyalist and Republican terrorist organizations are engaged in street-level narcotics, dealing in such drugs as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis; and (3) Irish police officials believe that shootings of major drug dealers in Belfast and Dublin were related to in-country conflicts and not international narcotics trafficking.

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