Organizations, Criminal Groups, and Gangs
Drug trafficking organizations are
complex organizations with highly defined command-and-control
structures that produce, transport, and/or distribute large
quantities of one or more illicit drugs.
Criminal groups operating in the
United States are numerous and range from small to moderately
sized, loosely knit groups that distribute one or more drugs
at the retail and midlevels.
Gangs are defined by the National
Alliance of Gang Investigators' Associations as groups or
associations of three or more persons with a common identifying
sign, symbol, or name, the members of which individually
or collectively engage in criminal activity that creates
an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.