organized crime


: a group of professional criminals who work together as part of a powerful and secret organization
He has links to organized crime.

Examples of organized crime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The perpetrators are real-life mobsters, organized crime syndicates—many of whom engage in child pornography, prostitution, drug trafficking, and other societal ills. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 10 Apr. 2024 Cohn went on to spend 30 years representing many of the biggest names in New York, including athletes, entertainers, a cardinal and organized crime bosses. Ron Elving, NPR, 2 June 2024 At the time, organized crime in Milwaukee wasn’t as well-known as the Outfit in Chicago or the Mafia in New York. Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 Jake investigates organized crime via an informal partnership with Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe), a policeman who doesn’t fight the yakuza so much as help preserve the equilibrium among their competing factions. Alison Herman, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 Law enforcement authorities believe Romanian organized crime groups are responsible for most of that loss. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2023

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“Organized crime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

organized crime

: criminal activity on the part of an organized and extensive group of people compare racketeering
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