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NCJ Number: 136431 Find in a Library
Title: World Encyclopedia of Organized Crime
Author(s): J R Nash
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 633
Sponsoring Agency: Paragon House Publishers
New York, NY 10011
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55778-508-2
Sale Source: Paragon House Publishers
90 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
Type: Reference Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This encyclopedia documents the international scope of present-day organized crime as well as its historic roots.
Abstract: Bibliographical entries include the subject's aliases, if any, relevant dates, and the country in which that person was known professionally in the field of crime. Entries where crimes are committed in more than three countries or on the high seas are designated as international. In the U.S., the roots of organized crime are found in the 19th century gangs that controlled New York; since then, organized crime has flourished through extortion, bribery, the purchase of political influence, the distribution of illegal liquor during Prohibition, and drug trafficking today. A large proportion of entries are related to the creation, development, and operation of the national crime syndicate in the U.S. Today, the syndicate is no longer dominated by Mafia leaders, but has become a polyglot organization associated with the Medellin drug cartel and other foreign drug organizations in France, Sicily, China, and Japan.
Main Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Organized crime
Index Term(s): Drug law offenses; Drug Related Crime
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