Organized crime damage in Germany exceeds 2 billion euros – DW – 21-09-2022

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Peter Kavinsky

The economic damage inflicted on Germany by the activities of organized criminal gangs has more than doubled in the past year. In 2021, this figure was about 2.2 billion euros, while it was 837 million euros a year earlier, according to the report of the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (BKA) on the situation in the fight against organized crime, which was published in Berlin. presented on Wednesday 21 Sept.

At the same time, it concerned stolen goods worth about 1.4 billion euros, in 2020 this amount was about 1 billion euros, according to the document.

The rising numbers testify to the financial potential of organized crime gangs and “the associated threat to a wide range of sectors of society,” the agency said. At the same time, it pointed to the threat of reinvestment of money in legal and illegal business models and corruption.

More than half of cases are related to drug trafficking and drug smuggling

At the same time, in 2021 the number of investigations into the activities of criminal gangs – by 17 percent to 696 cases. According to the BKA, this mainly concerns matters related to the decryption of telecommunications data. Most of these processes were carried out in North Rhine – Westphalia, in second and third place – Lower Saxony and Bavaria.

The number of suspects in these cases rose by almost 15 percent to 7,500 people, of whom 559 were armed (35 percent more than in 2020). Mostly Organized criminal gangs were engaged drug trafficking and drug smuggling, almost half of all cases investigated. Followed by economic and property crime.

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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