Republican and loyalist paramilitary organised crime groups (OCGs) continue to impact all areas of society in Northern Ireland. Currently around one third of Northern Ireland -based OCGs are paramilitary organisations or have suspected paramilitary links.
The Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) are currently proactively investigating six paramilitary organisations:
East Belfast UVF
West Belfast UDA
North and West Belfast INLA
North West INLA
South East Antrim UDA
North Antrim UDA
These groups are involved in all forms of criminality including; paramilitary assaults and shootings, supply and distribution of controlled drugs, blackmail (extortion), intimidation, money lending and money laundering.
Despite the pressures of COVID-19, the number of searches and arrests conducted by the PCTF this year were among the highest since it was established.
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