Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside

Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside

Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside

Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside

Synopsis

Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling, based on interviews with thirty-four high level drug smugglers in US federal custody, examines the organizational structures of drug smuggling. Through their interviews and tracking of the Colombia-U. S. drug trade, Scott Decker and Margaret Townsend Chapman find that the organizational nature of international drug smuggling is not hierarchal, but rather organized in series of networks that are often not well connected. The book addresses a key concern about criminals, how they organize themselves to reduce the risks of apprehension while maintaining an effective organizational structure. Drug Smugglers on Drug Smugglingcombines insiders' view of the drug trade with Decker and Chapman's incisive analysis, providing the reader with a thorough picture of this complex subject.

Excerpt

Drug use is a major issue in the United States. Prior research has linked it to a host of social ills, including involvement in crime, destabilization and decline of neighborhoods, and family instability. In addition, drug importation represents a major threat to the political security of both the United States and source countries and impedes economic development in countries where drugs are grown in large quantities. Although studies of drug use are numerous and our understanding of local drug markets is growing, our understanding of the multimillion-dollar business of international drug smuggling is considerably less well developed.

This book examines drug smuggling from the perspective of those most in the know—experienced drug smugglers. Ironically, most of what we know about drug smuggling comes from minor players who are involved in the international drug trade. Information from interviews with individuals heavily involved in the drug trade should provide important information for crafting interdiction strategies. A major focus of this book is to understand the steps drug smugglers take in reducing their risks of being caught . . .

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