Forces of globalization, such as advancements in communication and transportation technology, have facilitated the integration of formerly isolated domestic markets. However, these same forces have also fueled the rise of transnational organized crime.

Criminal networks leverage new technologies to facilitate the trafficking of contraband and the laundering of any proceeds. They couple these new strategies with timeless tactics; among them threatening violence against rival criminal networks and agents of the state, bribery of corrupt port authorities and law enforcement officials, and co-optation of local communities.

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