Amount of Drug Money Seized by US Agents in FY 2011

During the 2011 Fiscal Year, agents with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized over $150 Million from illegal drug trafficking between the United States and Mexico. The agency also made 428 arrests during cash smuggling operations. Back in FY 2005, agents seized $7.3 Million. The Mexican Government estimates that up to $64… Continue reading Amount of Drug Money Seized by US Agents in FY 2011

Investigations of Corruption in the United States

On average, the United States Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section investigates around 900 public officials a year. In total, there are around 500,000 elected officials at all levels across the United States. (See all political corruption statistics and information.) Source:  Stephen K. Medvic, “There Is Very Little Corruption in U.S. Politics,” New York Times,… Continue reading Investigations of Corruption in the United States

Sinaloa Cartel and the Meth Trade in the United States

A study published in Mexico found that the Sinaloa Drug Cartel controls up to 80 percent of the illegal methamphetamine market in the United States. (How much does meth cost?) Researcher Jose Luis Leon from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico found that the trafficking of meth is a global industry. The cartels first purchase precursor chemicals… Continue reading Sinaloa Cartel and the Meth Trade in the United States

Extortion Fee for Avocado Growers in Mexico

An avocado grower in Mexico sated that she was paying Mexican drug cartels up to $16,000 a month in extortion fees. The cartels charge avocado growers by the hectares, and charge extortion fees to avocado packers by the box. The industry in Mexico generates up to $75 Billion a year in sales. Growers are concerned… Continue reading Extortion Fee for Avocado Growers in Mexico

Illegal Online Gambling in Australia

There are around 2,200 online gambling websites that illegally provide gambling services to customers in Australia, according to government officials. The customers betting at these website lose an estimated $1.04 Billion (1 Billion Australian Dollars) in illegal internet gambling activities. Source:  Asher Moses, “Online apps take bite of illegal betting,” Age, April 1, 2013.

Drugs Seized in Costa Rica Between 2010 to 2013

From 2010 to February 2013, security officials in Costa Rica seized 22 tons of cocaine and 377,000 doses of crack cocaine. Officials also destroyed almost 4 million marijuana plants within the country, and seized $10.5 Million in cash from drug trafficking organizations. (More intelligence about illicit cash transactions. ) Source:  Mario Garita, “Communities, police fight… Continue reading Drugs Seized in Costa Rica Between 2010 to 2013

Value-Added Tax Evasion in Estonia in 2012

The Tax and Customs Board estimated that up to $282 Million (€220 Million) in Value-Added Tax (VAT) was evaded in Estonia in 2012. The amount of fraud represented 15 percent of all taxes collected by the government. There are over 70,000 companies in Estonia that are liable to charge VAT, and the government has identified… Continue reading Value-Added Tax Evasion in Estonia in 2012

Amount Illegally Bet on the NCAA Tournament

According to the FBI, an estimated $2.6 Billion is illegally gambled on the N.C.A.A.  Men’s Basketball Tournament in the United States, commonly known as March Madness. Across the United States, its estimated that up to $500 Billion is bet on sports by Americans each year at illegal casinos or online websites. (More illegal sports betting… Continue reading Amount Illegally Bet on the NCAA Tournament

Amount of Money Laundering Activities in Canada in 2011

According to a report by the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), between $4.8 Billion to $14.6 Billion (5 Billion to 15 Billion Canadian Dollars) in was laundered in Canada in 2011. FINTRAC also reported 777 cases of suspicious transactions to law enforcement and government agencies during the 2010-2011 fiscal year. (Threat… Continue reading Amount of Money Laundering Activities in Canada in 2011

Number of Illegal Cigarettes Smoked in Pakistan in 2012

23.5 Billion illegal cigarettes were smoked in Pakistan in 2012. Illegal tobacco consists of cigarettes that avoided tax payments, were smuggled into the country, or were counterfeits. Tobacco taxes in Pakistan make up 68.5 to 81 percent of the retail price of a pack of cigarettes. Source:  Javed Mirza, “Illicit cigarette trade to cost Rs100… Continue reading Number of Illegal Cigarettes Smoked in Pakistan in 2012