I was doing a paper in one of my criminal justice classes and I started thinking about who was the most powerful criminal organization in the world. Based on what I have found they are the following. (In no particular order). Anymore “organizations” I should add to this wall of shame?
Russian Mafiya (Multiple, not all Russian either, mainly former Eastern bloc countries)
Colombian Cartels (Again, multiple)
There was the Jewish and Irish organizations that was more in power in the early century (1900’s). Also, can we count the organized crime in the US that was scicilan based, or do you count that as “mafia”? They can be seen as two totally differnet entities.
Also count the larger inner-city gangs, as they can be organized and more violent that the traditional “mafias”. Most notably, Bloods, crips (both late 80’s), latin kings, gangster disciples, vice-lords insane unknowns (Chicago area), and various others depending on your location.
Also, while not as organized as a whole, count in terrorist groups who deal in arms and drugs to finance their goals.[/quote]
No I’m talking about sophisticated groups. As far as Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings go I wouldn’t put them into that category. They walk around with tattoos saying what group they are in and dress a certain way.
How much easier do you want to make it for law enforcement to spot you? The Russian Mob has former KGB agents, Red Army Officers, and guys with 3 Phd’s calling the shots, along with former Spetznas commandos and former Olympic athletes as enforcers. Plus it has been well documented that alot of Al-Queda’s and other terrorists groups supplies of weapons have come from Eastern Bloc criminal lords.
Semion Mogileyvich is said to control the entire arms industry of Hungary. Actually a Cartel drug shipment was found inside of a Russian Sub! Where do you think the submarine came from. The Japanese Yakuza has some 100,000 members and controls large economic portions of Japanese economic growth along with entire the prostitution and human trafficking in Southeast Asian countries.
As far as the Mafia goes, I would not put La Cosa Nostra in the category either. The American Mob is broken. And the members can only blame themselves. They broke their own rules, now it is a shell of what it was. The Sicilian Mafia however is a different story. It is still very powerful. Colombian drug lords are more powerful than their governments.
What distinguishes these groups from traditional gangs is their organization, intelligence, ingenuity and most importantly of all their secrecy. A good criminal is a smart one. He doesn’t get caught and nobody would even know that he is one to begin with.