A cartel is an organization that is formed by businesses or other entities for the purpose of fixing prices, limiting production, or otherwise controlling the market for a particular product or service.

In the criminal justice context, cartels are often involved in illegal activities, such as price fixing, bid rigging, or monopolizing markets through violence or intimidation.

Cartels can have significant negative impacts on consumers, as they often lead to higher prices for goods and services. They can also harm competition and stifle innovation in an industry. In many countries, cartel activity is illegal and can be punished with fines and imprisonment.

Law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States, often investigate cartel activity and work to disrupt and dismantle these organizations. The Department of Justice (DOJ) also has a division dedicated to investigating and prosecuting cartel activity, known as the Antitrust Division.

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