The Geography of Illegal Drugs / Edition 1

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Overview

The nightly news and other media provide a constant reminder of illegal drug transport over American borders and along routes between various U.S. cities. The general public is well aware that law enforcement efforts to address the foreign supply and trafficking of illegal drugs into the United States is an ongoing battle.This useful and readable compendium gives a fascinating account of how illegal drugs are transported into and around the United States and throughout its neighborhoods. Criminologist and geographer George F. Rengert takes a unique approach to the problem of illegal drug distribution and U.S. drug markets. Using maps and charts to illustrate his findings, Rengert applies spacial diffusion models to the illegal drug trade and explains why certain drugs are transported and found in different parts of the country. For example, the highest concentration of marijuana plants is not on either coast, but rather across the middle of the United States—throughout what is known as the corn belt. At the local level Rengert assesses the patterns and processes that interconnect drug sales and neighborhood deterioration and change.The book also addresses the important issues of how illegal drugs in this country operate on wholesale and retail levels and ways in which law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels contend with this widespread problem. Using ethnographic material to provide real-life examples, Rengert explores how drug dealers on the street expand spatially and predictably in their neighborhoods. He illustrates how this knowledge helps law enforcement in efforts to get these drugs off the streets.

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A realistic travelogue of how drugs are transported into the US, from where, and how they are distributed on street level. Rengert (criminal justice, Temple U.) applies a geographic approach, using maps and charts to illustrate his findings in regards to why certain drugs are found in different parts of the country, and the construction of wholesale and retail markets that, the author claims, can be geographically predicted by law enforcement officials. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813389868
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/11/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

George F. Rengert is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 The Distribution of Drugs at the Wholesale Level: The Kilo Connection 12
3 The Distribution of Illegal Drugs at the Retail Level: The Street Dealers 67
4 Drug Markets, Property Crime, and Neighborhood Viability 91
5 Summary and Policy Implications 121
References 133
Index 143
About the Book and Author 147
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