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Europol. (2017) How illegal drugs sustain organised crime in the EU. The Hague: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation. 16 p.

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Drug markets remain the largest criminal markets in the EU. More than one third of the criminal groups active in the EU are involved in the production, trafficking or distribution of various types of drugs.The trade in illicit drugs generates multi-billion euro profits for the groups involved in this criminal activity. The EU retail drug market is estimated to be worth at least EUR 24 billion a year.3 The immense profits generated from the trade in drugs fund various other criminal activities allowing OCGs to thrive and develop their criminal enterprises at the expense of the health, prosperity and security of EU citizens.

OCGs involved in drug trafficking rely heavily on corruption to facilitate their trafficking activities. They also make use of fraudulent documents such as fake import or company registration certificates to import illicit drugs among legal goods, to procure (pre-)precursors and purchase equipment used as part of production processes.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:Crime prevention
Date:December 2017
Pages:16 p.
Publisher:European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation
Corporate Creators:Europol
Place of Publication:The Hague
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Organised crime
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime
VA Geographic area > Europe

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