Prices Charged by an Italian Mafia Hitman

A hitman for the Italian Mafia told explained to police how much he was paid for committing a murder on behalf of organized crime. According to press reports, the man told police he would charge $3,700 to kneecap a person. In two of the murders that he confessed to, the hitman stated that he was… Continue reading Prices Charged by an Italian Mafia Hitman

Costs and Fees for Migrants Smuggling to Europe

A human trafficker who was arrested by security forces in Italy explained the cost structure a that migrants departing from North Africa to Europe must pay in order to be smuggled on a boat. The boats that consist of the human smuggling market of North Africa to Italy are usually retired fishing boats that are… Continue reading Costs and Fees for Migrants Smuggling to Europe

Amount of Illegal Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Caught in 2013

Environmental authorities seized at least 186 tonnes of illegally fished bluefin tuna from the Atlantic in Italy, Spain and Tunisia in 2013, according to statistics released by the Pew Charitable Trust and MedReAct.org. Fishing boats from Italy accounted for 130 tonnes of the illegally fished tuna. In an example of the type of smuggling that… Continue reading Amount of Illegal Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Caught in 2013

Cost to Buy Counterfeit Euros in Bulk

According to financial regulators and security officers, since the introduction of the Euro in January 1, 2002, there have been over 6 million counterfeit euros and fake banknotes that have been removed from circulation. Intelligence officers estimate that over half of these fake notes were produced in the Italian town of Giugliano. (More crime in… Continue reading Cost to Buy Counterfeit Euros in Bulk

‘Ndragheta Mafia Annual Revenue

According to research organization Demoskopika in Italy, the mafia syndicate ‘Ndrangheta collected $73 Billion (€53 Billion) in revenue in 2013. The various revenue streams for the syndicate is as follows: Drug Trafficking and Illegal Drug Sales: $33.3 Billion (€24.2 Billion). Illegal Waste Dumping: $27 Billion (€19.6 Billion). Extortion Payments: $3.9 Billion (€2.9 Billion). Embezzlement: $3.3… Continue reading ‘Ndragheta Mafia Annual Revenue

Global Raids Against Counterfeit Food

In Febraury 2014, Interpol and Europol reported on global raids conducted against producers and sellers of counterfeit foods. In total, over 1,200 tonnes of counterfeit and substandard food and nearly 430,000 liters of counterfeit beverages were seized across 33 countries. 96 people were arrested by various criminal justice programs during the investigation. Highlights of the… Continue reading Global Raids Against Counterfeit Food

Trash Illegally Dumped by Italian Mafia

From 1990 to 2012, over 10 million tons of waste is believed to have been collected by Mafia groups in Italy and burned at illegal trash sites, according to environmental group Legambiente. Criminal justice programs in  Italy reported 82 investigations of the mafia and the arrest of over 900 members. 443 waste collection companies have… Continue reading Trash Illegally Dumped by Italian Mafia

‘Ndragheta Racketeering Profits

Security services in Italy estimate that the organized crime group  ‘Ndragheta brings in up to $65 Billion (£40 Billion) a year in black market revenue. One of the main revenue sources is in cocaine trafficking, where ‘Ndragheta controls up to 80 percent of the cocaine imported into Europe. Another key areas of money is from… Continue reading ‘Ndragheta Racketeering Profits

Items with Counterfeit Made in Italy Labels Seized

In 2012, government security services in Italy seized 28,000 tons of counterfeit food labels or adulterated products that was falsely labeled during the year. The counterfeit foods seized were worth $684 Million (€500 Million). 47 percent of the counterfeit labels involved Italian wine products. 4.6 tons of fake foods involved canned tomatoes, which were falsely… Continue reading Items with Counterfeit Made in Italy Labels Seized