The Peculiarities of Bulgarian Organized Crime

There are two reports today on organized crime – one global report on heroin trade by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and a report on organized crime in Europe by Europol.

The reports talk about the substantial involvement of Bulgarian organized crime groups in heroin, cocaine, synthetic drugs trafficking, credit card fraud and Euro counterfeit.

What I find interesting however is the assessment by Europol of the strategy of Bulgarian organized crime groups. Typically experts expect organized crime to use systematic violence or intimidation against local societies, as well as to interfere with law enforcement and judicial processes by means of corruptive influence.

Bulgarian organized crime however is peculiar – it focuses on eluding law enforcement attention. But then, may be, Bulgarian organized crime simply does not need to address law enforcement whatsoever.

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