Environmental Crime by the Mafia

Mafia organizations in Italy earned over $19.6 Billion (16 Billion Euros) in profit from various environmental crimes within the country, according to a report by Legambiente.

Authorities in Italy detected over 34,000 incidents of environmental crimes during 2011, a rate of over 90 per day. Mafia organizations are believed to have been responsible for illegally dumping 346,000 tons of trash during the year.

Organized crime groups in Italy generate up to $204 Billion from their black market activities.

Source:  Nick Squires, “Mafia making billions from environmental destruction ,” Telegraph, July 9, 2012.