Drug smugglers on drug smuggling: Lessons from the inside

Scott Decker, Margaret Townsend Chapman

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Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling features interviews with 34 convicted drug smugglers - most of them once major operators - detailing exactly how drugs are smuggled into the U.S. from Latin America. These sources provide tangible evidence of the risks, rewards, and organization of international drug smuggling. Quoting frequently from their interviews, Decker and Chapman explain how individuals are recruited into smuggling, why they stay in it, and how their roles change over time. They describe the specific strategies their interviewees employed to bring drugs into the country and how they previously escaped apprehension. Over-all, the authors find that drug smuggling is organized in a series of networks which are usually unconnected. This extraordinarily informative book will be of particular interest to law enforcement officials and policymakers, but it will appeal to anyone who wants to know how the drug business actually works.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTemple University Press
Number of pages209
ISBN (Print)9781592136438
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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