organized crime
organized crime organized crime n. Groups of persons organized for illegal purposes, such as bootlegging, conducting illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion, etc.; -- a general term encompassing most forms of criminal groups, but especially those that are consolidated into ``families'' more or less recognizing each other's different regions of operation; sometimes considered synonymous with the {mafia} or the {syndicate}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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