The New York Police Department has arrested nearly 60,000 more people for minor crimes in 2012 than it did ten years ago when Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in his first year in office, local news source DNAinfo reports.
About 350,000 people were arrested in 2012 and put through the criminal justice system for up to 3 days in New York City for “quality of life” crimes like public urination, turnstile jumping, and drinking on the street.
The NYPD strategy of arresting people for low-level misconduct before they can commit more serious crimes dates to the 1990s, and serious crime rates over that time have dropped significantly.
The Bloomberg administration has come under fire for another crime-fighting tactic, stop-and-frisk, which the mayor has credited with helping to reduce overall crime 30 percent during his tenure.
Normally it’s a no-brainer to think of cocaine as the main contraband to come out of Peru, and it does make lots of money for those willing to deal with the illicit trade.
But as far as illegal operations go the real moneymaker is money that you make, literally.
According to the U.S. Secret Service, Peru has overtaken Columbia as the No. 1 source of counterfeit U.S. dollars. As much as $103 million in the phony currency has been produced in the South American nation over the course of the last decade.
Authorities say the counterfeit frenzy switched from Colombia to Peru when the United States began cracking down harder on Colombian drug operations, and the pressure spilled over to other illicit operations. At the same time, the practice got better among Peruvians.
So much faux currency, in fact, comes out of Peru that the Secret Service opened up…
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