In the first half of 2013, environmental officials in Ireland recovered 400 tons of waste that was illegally dumped by organized crime groups in Ireland. The waste was used to create white fuel that was used by drivers, and included ingredients such as sulfuric acid, cat litter, charcoal, and sand. In 2012, officials seized 445… Continue reading Illegal Sludge Dumping and Fuel Smuggling in Ireland
Between 2009 and 2011, anti-money laundering officials in Ireland received 38,984 suspicious transactions reports. 80 percent of the reports dealt with domestic tax issues and social welfare issues. During the three year period, 10 people have been convicted for money laundering cases in Ireland. Between 2003 to 2011, a total of 98,000 suspicious transactions were… Continue reading Money Laundering in Ireland
Authorities in Ireland conducted 5,580 seizures of counterfeit goods in the country in 2012. The fake goods seized had a value of $7 Million (€5.4 Million). During the first quarter of 2013, criminal justice officials reported seizing 1,540 counterfeit goods worth $1 Million (€819,684). Source: Michelle Hennessy, “Over 1,500 seizures of counterfeit goods have been… Continue reading Number of Counterfeit Goods Seized in Ireland in 2012
The prostitution industry in Ireland is estimated to generate up to $326 Million (€250 Million) per year. (Prostitution revenue by country.) Source: Ailin Quinlan, “Prostitution in Ireland: Selling your body and your soul,” Irish Examiner, May 5, 2013.
The Small Firms Association, a small business advocacy organization in Ireland, illicit economic activity in Ireland costs the government up to $7.8 Billion (6 Billion Euros) a year. The amount of black market activity takes up to 16 percent of the country’s GDP. Source: “Black market ‘needs action’,” Irish Examiner, April 15, 2013.
According to government officials in Ireland, the average price a legitimate pack of cigarettes sold in retail stores is $12 (€9.20). Criminal gangs purchase counterfeit packs for as little as $0.26 (€0.20), and then sell the packs on the black market for $5.87 (€4.50). In 2011, an estimated 770 million illegal cigarettes were smoked in… Continue reading Price of a Counterfeit Pack of Cigarettes in Ireland in 2013
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that tens of thousands of puppies are trafficked from Ireland into the United Kingdom. The traffickers are meeting the demand of puppies due to a shortage in the UK from strict spaying and neutering polices that have lowered the dog population.
A cigarette smuggler transporting 50,000 cigarettes to be sold on the black market would make a profit of $11,227 (€8,700). A van would hold ten times the amount of cigarettes, thus leading to a profit of $112,000. A shipping container can hold up to 7,500,000 black market cigarettes, giving the smuggler a $1.6 Million ( €1.3 Million) profit.
In 2011, an estimated 65 Billion cigarettes were smoked in the European Union that was smuggled and purchased on the black market.The black market cigarettes caused a loss of tax revenue of $1.2 Billion (1 Billion Euros) for the EU budget and up to $11 Billion in lost tax revenue for EU member states.
In 2010-2011, National Advisory Committee on Drugs reported that 0.5 percent of the adult population in Ireland used ecstasy. In 2006-2007, the use of ecstasy by adults was 1.2 percent of the population.