At the largest seaport in Italy, Gioia Tauro, duffel bags filled with cocaine is smuggled into the country through shipping containers that were packed in Central or South America. The bags are filled with super-pure cocaine weighing about 40 to 45 kilograms. The bags are light enough that one man can quickly lift and remove… Continue reading Value of a Single Duffel Bag Filled with Cocaine in Italy
In 2012, police in Montreal reported that there were 18 murders that were related to organized crime activities. The number refers only to successful killings and does not include the many attempted murders that took place in public places such as in bars and cafes. Law enforcement experts in Montreal are stating that the Italian… Continue reading Mafia Killings in Montreal
As of 2010, there were nearly 4,700 people living under the witness protection program in Italy after testifying against organized crime in the country. Around 1,000 of these witnesses were “collaborators,” or people who were previously associated with the Mafia before turning state’s evidence. The rest of the people are family members of the collaborators.
An article in the New York Times highlighted the concept of the “3 percent rule” in Italy. The process occurs when subcontractors overcharge the state by 3 percent, which is then passed on to organized crime groups.
Law enforcement officials in Germany that between 2007 and 2012, there have been 25 prosecution cases against the Italian Mafia in the court system of Germany.
In the German state of Bavaria, police estimate that there are 65 active Mafia members working in the state.
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.
The illegal drug trade in Kabul, Afghanistan generates $3.5 Million a day, or $1.2 Billion a year, according to a Health Ministry official in the country.
A parliamentary investigation reported that organized crime controls $16 Billion (12.5 Billion Euros) worth of agriculture and food industries in Italy. The amount of revenue generated from the food businesses consists of up to 5.6 percent of all criminal income generating activities.
Organized crime activities in Italy generates up to $204 Billion (140 Billion Euros) in financial turnover every year in the country, according to a report by Italy’s Employers Federation.
Wealthy individuals from Asia purchase tortoises from Madagascar on the black market for $10,000. The tortoises are either kept as pets, or bought by traffickers and sold to doctors to create sexual potions.