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The ongoing trend toward transnational organizedcrime groups is a compelling development in the 21st century, with the implication that these groups are beginning to collaborate in a systematic manner to further their organizational goals on an international scale.

Organized crime is dynamic, and its inner workings undergo constant change. For example, beginning in the 1980s, Colombian and Cuban drug trafficking groups emerged in the United States, fiercely competing for cocaine and heroin markets previously dominated by traditional organized crime. More recently, with the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the word terrorism has now entered the lexicon of international organized crime and is challenging traditional organizational models. Whether discussing “traditional” organized crime groups such as the Italian Mafia, emerging nontraditional groups ...

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