For courses in organized crime. A student-friendly introduction to organized crime - what it is and what it's not Organized Crime provides an easy-to-read introduction to organized crime, including a historical basis for understanding its origins, evolution, and current status. The text dispels widespread myths about organized crime, revealing why ethnically driven pop- culture stereotypes are inadequate. It also deals with the role of drug trafficking in organized crime and comparative models of terrorism. The 7th edition has significant new material and updates, such as sections on definitions of organized crime, Mexican cartels, Somali pirates, RICO, Eastern African groups, Albanian drug-smuggling networks, Triborder Area OC activity, counterfeit consumer goods, and updated case studies, statistics, and graphics.