Angels, mobsters & narco-terrorists: the rising menace of global criminal empires

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John Wiley & Sons Canada, Oct 10, 2005 - Political Science - 292 pages
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As if fighting terrorism isn't enough for Western law-enforcement and security agencies, now they face new and disturbing trends among criminal gangs. First, criminal gangs are expanding their activities to reach around the world. Second, they are engaging in cooperative ventures, such as trading drugs for arms. Third, they have become more ruthless. Cunning, and dangerous, even so far as to number terrorist among their clients.

In their ground-breaking book, Antonio Nicaso, and internationally renowned expert on organized crime groups, and Lee Lamothe, a veteran investigative journalist specializing in criminal conspiracies and human smuggling, present solid evidence of how established organized crime groups--such as the Mafia and Triads--have changed tactics to face the challenges of a changing underworld--a world that is seeing the rise of violent and power-hungry gangs from Albania, Mexico and Russia.

ANGELS, MOBSTERS AND NARCO-TERRORISTS. Offers a brutally realistic look at how the United States and Canada, due to their shared border, have become prime targets for criminal empires that routinely engage in money laundering and traffic in human cargo, narcotics, arms, and prostitution. On the international scene, the book reveals how state-sanctioned crime thieves on heroin profits and cyber crime is emerging as a very lucrative and baffling activity to investigate and shut down.

From Outlaw motorcycle gangs to narco-terrorists, this book takes the reader inside the world of organized crime--the criminals and their crimes, the victims, and the investigators. It is an unflinching look at how far organized crime has penetrated our lives.

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Antonio Nicaso is an award-winning journalist, a bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on organized crime. He has written several books on the subject and is best known for having published, for the first time, the “Mafia’s Code.” His books have been translated into six languages. He is a regular consultant and lecturer to universities, governments, and law-enforcement agencies in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He is a senior partner with Soave Security Group, a security firm based in Toronto, Canada.

Leo Lamothe is the author of Criminal Acts II, The Last Thief, and the upcoming Trail of Misery; Human Cargo. He co-authored Bloodlines; The Rise and Fall of the Mafia’s Royal Family and Global Mafia: The New World Order of Organized Crime with Antonio Nicaso.He has covered organized crime as a journalist, author and financial crime investigator across North America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe.

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