Organized Crime Strategy Calls For Enhanced International Cooperation as a Key Tactic in Combatting New Organized Crime Groups

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Saturday, March 2, 1991
Bruce Zagaris
On January 31, 1991, the United States Department of Justice, in issuing its Organized Crime National
Strategy,JI set forth two principal objectives: to eliminate La Cosa Nostra (LCN) crime families through effective
investigations and prosecutions; and to ensure that no other criminal organization ever achieves a comparable
level of power. The report cited the international dimensions of Asian organized crime groups and
recommended the development of closer contacts with law enforcement agencies in the Pacific Rim countries.
Several mechanisms cited in the strategy call for reliance on international tools, such as: cross-assignments of
agents and prosecutors to countries with common interests in combatting international organized crime; the
negotiation of and use of mutual legal assistance treaties, including working groups established under them;
development of means to utilize foreign langnage capabilities of other agencies, such as foreign policy agencies
and the Department of Defense; the intensification of training and recruitment of prosecutors, investigators and
support personnel regarding foreign language proficiency; national and international currency procedures and
recordkkeeping; and international money laundering.