Although Venezuela is estimated to produce 150,000 carets of diamonds annually, it has officially exported none since 2005.
In the 1990s, it was estimated that as much as 25 percent of the world’s diamonds were in some way illicit (used for money laundering, tax evasion, purchasing drugs, weapons and other goods, or were stolen).
Author Larry Kahaner reported on the value of diamonds as an illicit product. Kahaner stated that “Diamonds and other gemstones are perfect for moving wealth around they are small, hold their value, and are universally acceptable as barter, don’t set off airport metal detectors, and can easily be converted to cash.”
The profit margin for a wildlife trafficker.
How much a trafficked animal increases in value at each stage of the smuggling cycle, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The price poachers were receiving for selling a kilogram of elephant ivory in 2007.
Over a million plants, live and dead animals, animal parts, and medicines produced from endangered species were seized in the United Kingdom during a 12-month period.
Reported amount of elephant ivory (in tons) imported into China each year as of 2007.
Officials in China has stated that the ban on the internal trade in tiger parts has cost the country $4 billion.
Number of illegal wildlife seized by UK Customs officials in 2006.