North-south task force is called on to target Border ‘millionaires’

From: The Independent [Ireland]

Tom Brady

A county council has called on the new joint task force being set up to tackle paramilitary and organised crime along the Border to focus on the financial background of those living in “mansions” in the region.

Plans are being finalised to launch the north-south drive to eliminate the involvement of paramilitary groups in racketeering. The aim is to organise simultaneous action in the two jurisdictions to stamp out the multi-million euro trade in tobacco smuggling, fuel laundering and fraud.

An implementation group established to set down the guidelines for the joint agency task force, which will be funded by the Dublin and Belfast governments, is to hold its first meeting later this month.

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