Here is the Federal Bureau of Investigation's definition of "organized crime"...
The FBI defines organized crime as any group having some manner of a formalized structure and whose primary objective is to obtain money through illegal activities. Such groups maintain their position through the use of actual or threatened violence, corrupt public officials, graft, or extortion, and generally have a significant impact on the people in their locales, region, or the country as a whole.
Here is a link to the F.B.I. Organized Crime site...
This site contains several examples of organized crime such as the Italian-American mafia families (La Cosa Nostra). However, you can also include drug cartels, gangs, and even terrorist organizations under this category.
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