(noun) A formal organization with a hierarchical power structure, a clear division of labor, and a network of resources that is focused on illegal activities such a drug trafficking or prostitution.
Example: The Mafia (also called Cosa Nostra), a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia.
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- Abadinsky, Howard. 2013. 10th ed. Organized Crime. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.
- Ianni, Francis A.J., and Elizabeth Reuss Ianni. 1972. A Family Business: Kinship and Social Control in Organized Crime. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
- Posner, Gerald L. 1988. Warlords of Crime: Chinese Secret Societies–The New Mafia. New York: McGraw-Hill.