Drugs for Arms in Northern Ireland 1/30/98

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One of the UK's leading newspapers, the Sunday Times, reported last week (Jan. 18) that loyalist paramilitaries have entered into working relationships with Scottish drug traffickers and are using the drug trade to finance large buildups in arms. The Times quoted an unnamed security source who said, "In theory, these organizations could become self-financing in the foreseeable future. That would have serious implications because they would be in a position to buy weapons in much larger quantities. It is a very dangerous alliance because the Scottish gangs share the political views of the loyalist paramilitaries and are anxious to do as much as they can to support what they see as the 'war effort.'"

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