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Las pandillas y los cárteles de droga cometen gran parte de la violencia en Belice, El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras. Las armas de fuego que usan son en su mayoría de otros países, incluido EE. UU.
Para la versión de esta página en español, ver a GAO-22-105509.
Gangs and drug cartels commit much of the violence in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The guns they use are mostly from other countries, including the U.S.
Some criminal groups use a process called trade-based money laundering to launder their illicit money. These schemes can include things like falsely describing goods and services in trade transactions.
Banks are required to report suspicious financial transactions to the Treasury Department.
Unlike airport duty-free shops, U.S. duty-free stores on the border with Mexico can sell you an unlimited quantity of tax-free cigarettes. Sometimes criminals buy thousands of dollars' worth of these cigarettes to sell illegally (as shown below), which can generate revenue for organized crime.
In 2005, the Department of State (State) began issuing electronic passports (e-passports) with embedded computer chips that store information identical to that printed in the passport. By agreement with State, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) produces blank e-passport books.
Intellectual property plays a significant role in the U.S. economy, and the United States is an acknowledged leader in its creation. Industries that relied on IP protection were estimated to account for over half of all U.S. exports and employed about 18 million Americans in 2006.