Organized Crime Definition

Crime committed by groups engaged in planned and sustained criminal activities.
American Heritage
A system or organization of people and groups engaged in criminal activities.
Webster's New World
A widespread group of professional criminals who rely on illegal activities as a way of life and whose activities are coordinated and controlled through some form of centralized syndicate.
Webster's New World Law
A set of large criminal organizations (often competing for markets and territories) that deal in illegal goods and services.
Organized crime is largely responsible for the nation's illicit drug trafficking.

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