Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside by Scott H. Decker

By Scott H. Decker

Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling examines the organizational constructions of drug smuggling from Colombia to the US.  occupation drug smugglers describe a sequence of usually disconnected networks that let smugglers to most sensible arrange their enterprise in a manner that would reduce the dangers of apprhension and maximize profits.  

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Like before it was all cartel. We make decisions together and stuff. Now it is all broken up, but, you know, the drugs are still coming in. Even more than ever. (1) After the cartels broke up, many groups shared control over movement of drugs as the market readjusted to the change in control. It all spread around. It was worse because in the beginning there is an organization. There’s people being organized. Now you got people everywhere, you know? And it doesn’t mean that’s going to generate seven hundred kilos for every little person that is left.

According to the smugglers, smaller groups were now able to coordinate movement of drugs into the United States without control by the cartel. It is interesting to speculate about the impact of each organizational structure—highly organized or loosely confederated—on successful smuggling. Many of the smugglers in our sample had smuggled drugs since the 1970s and 1980s, and they told us about the shift in structure away from cartels and into less organized groups. In many cases, the current structure may be likened to the networks Drug Smuggling Organizations b 35 described by Williams (1998: 155) as a series of connected nodes (individuals or organizations) with both a core and periphery networks with significant linkages among them.

It seems remarkable that there have been so few studies of drug smuggling and drug smuggling interdiction efforts. S. foreign policy and national security. It is also a huge expense for federal, state, and local governments. This book builds on previous work to examine the issue of drug smuggling deterrence from the perspective of convicted drug smugglers housed in federal prisons. This is important for several reasons. The demand for illegal drugs remains at extremely high levels, as high as the demand in any other nation in the world.

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