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Turkish mafia

Turkish Mafia
Territory Turkey, Western Europe, Balkans, Middle East
Ethnicity Turkish
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, Arms trafficking, Assassination, Assault, Auto theft, Bank fraud, Blackmailing, Bribery, Car bombing, Contract killing, Counterfeiting, Extortion, Forced prostitution, Fraud, Human trafficking, Infiltration of Politics, Illegal gambling, Insurance fraud, Kidnapping, Money laundering, Murder, Police corruption, Police impersonation, Political corruption, Prostitution, Racketeering, Tax evasion, Theft, Witness intimidation, Witness tampering.
Allies British firms

Turkish mafia is the general term for criminal organizations based in Turkey and/or composed of (former) Turkish citizens. Crime groups with origins in Turkey are active throughout Western Europe, where a strong Turkish immigrant community exists and the Middle East. Turkish criminal groups participate in a wide range of criminal activities, internationally the most important being drug trafficking, especially heroin. In the trafficking of heroin they cooperate with Bulgarian mafia groups who transport the heroin further to countries such as Italy.[1] Criminal activities such as the trafficking of other types of drugs, illegal gambling, human trafficking, prostitution or extortion are committed in Turkey itself as well as European countries with a sizeable Turkish community such as Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium.

Turkish crime groups are not solely gangs composed of ethnic Turks. Individuals of ethnic groups other than Turks but originating in the country are also involved in organized crime. Major Turkish crime syndicates mostly have their origin in two main regions: the Trabzon province on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the mostly Kurdish-populated regions of East and Southeast Anatolia in the south of the country.

Turkish crime groups

Criminal groups composed of ethnic Trabzon Province[3] and incorporate members of both the ethnic Turkish and the Turkish Laz populations.

Laz crime groups

Even though crime groups composed of ethnic Grey Wolves.[4]

Turkish Cypriot crime groups

Following the substantial immigration of Turkish Cypriots to London criminal gangs composed of Turkish Cypriots were formed in working-class neighborhoods. Mainly involved in drug trafficking, armed robbery, money laundering these crime clans have more in common with the traditional White British crime firms than with the Turkish mafia. Turkish Cypriot crime groups are native to the United Kingdom, as is the case with the Arif crime family.[5]

Kurdish crime groups

The ethnically Kurmanji as well as the Zaza speaking populations.

Zaza Kurdish crime families in the United Kingdom

While ethnically Zaza Kurdish groups are not noteworthy in Turkey itself, large Alevi Zaza immigrant communities have formed in Great Britain and Germany. Criminal gangs from these communities have links with other Kurdish crime bosses and are involved in drug trafficking and contract killing. An example in London is the brutal turf war between Turkish gangs of mostly Kurdish and Zaza Kurdish origin, such as the so-called Tottenham Boys and the Hackney Turks.[7]

Notable Turkish mafiosi


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