US Law Enforcement Authorities are only able to seize $0.25 out of every $100 in drug trafficking profits that the Mexican drug cartels generate. The AP based their figure on the estimated $25 Billion a year in drug trafficking proceeds that the cartels control with the $61 Million that the US Treasury seized ($3 million frozen and $58 million in cash seized from raids).
Afghanistan’s Minster of Finance stated that up to $10 Million is being smuggled out of the country by corrupt officials. The cash is being flown to Dubai where it is funneled into financial institutions. The money is mainly proceeds from drug trafficking operations, as well as individuals imply attempting to hid their assets.
According to the United Nations, political corruption costs governments $1.6 Trillion every year. The money is lost as public assets are funneled around the world in secret holdings.
Over a quarter of organized crime groups in the United Kingdom have links to legitimate businesses in the country, and 20 percent of these companies are believed to be fronts to launder black market revenue.
According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, since the beginning of economic reforms in 1978 through 2003, about 4,000 corrupt officials have smuggled $50 Billion out of the country.
Drug trafficking in Kenya leads to $100 Million to be laundered through the financial system in Kenya each year.
The United States estimates that up to $6 Billion in black market revenue is laundered each year through the Paraguay city of Ciudad del Este. The city is part of the Tri-Border area of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
$2.9 Billion of drug trafficking money is laundered through financial institutions in Thailand each year.
Kidnap for ransom payments made to pirates in Somalia are difficult to track due to the payments being made in cash, according to the BBC. An estimated $80 million in ransom payments are believed to have been laundered by organized crime syndicates in the Gulf region, but this has been denied by Gulf authorities.
Organized crime groups in Germany laudered $708 Million in black market revenue in 2007.