Giovanni Quaglia, head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, observes a hierarchy of markets controlled by organized crime. The first is that of drugs, especially cocaine, heroin and synthetic materials, such as ecstasy and amphetamines. It is estimated that U.S. business moves $ 300 million to 500. The second is the arms trade.

Next, human trafficking for prostitution, organ trade, slave labor. Then there are other sectors, such as corruption and money laundering that permeate all the work of organized crime. Another bound given by COYLE (2003, p. 28), based on year 2002, shows a possible size of the company means the world market for illegal drugs is known to be huge, but its exact size is a matter of conjecture because neither the price nor the sales figures are unknown. A number of oil, calculated by the United Nations, is 400 billion dollars (more than the industry World oil), which employ nearly 20 million people and service from 70 to 100 million consumers. Perhaps half of these consumers are in the United States, the largest drug market in the world – and the largest market for everything else. Authorities and experts dealing with the different ways of combating organized crime, multilateral organizations like the United Nations (UN), intelligence agencies and suppression of democracy, non-governmental organizations see the "lords of the crime" with a kind of "exploitation." The concept is taken from the modern theory of government and was appropriated by the mafias and cartels to operate and maintain the high mega-companies.