Organized crime in California
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Gangs in California are classified into three categories: criminal street gangs, prison gangs, and outlaw motorcycle gangs. Gang operations usually include "assault, auto theft, drive-by shooting, illegal drug and narcotic manufacturing, drug and narcotic trafficking, forgery, fraud, home invasion robbery, identity theft, murder, weapons trafficking, witness intimidation, and violence against law enforcement."
Traditional organized crime are in the form of La Cosa Nostra (LCN), Sicilian Mafia, and Camorra. Eurasian criminal networks specialize in white-collar crime, fraud, prostitution and human trafficking. Crime cells from Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe impact public safety and the state's economy.
Domestic criminal extremists include various racial supremacy groups. International terrorists include Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), and Jamaat ul-Fuqra (JUF), which are significant concerns in California.
- 2000: Law enforcement agencies foiled plans by Al-Qaeda to detonate a bomb at Los Angeles International Airport.
- 2002: Law enforcement agencies foiled plans by Al-Qaeda to crash a plane into the Library Tower, also in Los Angeles.
- Organized Crime in California California Department of Justice. Sacramento: Criminal Intelligence Bureau, 2005.
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