Middle Market Drug Distribution: A Study of Serious Crime Networks

Geoffrey Pearson, University of London, Goldsmiths College

This study, commissioned by the UK Home Office, aimed to look at the `middle market' of drug distribution-- i.e. middle and upper level dealing networks, the structure of the UK drugs market, and the nature of serious crime networks operating at this level.

The methodology was based on prison interviews with convicted offenders (n=50) and an equivalent number of interviews with enforcement personnel (police, intelligence and customs).

The main findings to be presented in this paper concern the price structure of drug markets and their profitability; the relations between middle market drug dealers and their customers and suppliers; the internal organisation of such networks in terms of kinship, ethnicity, etc.; and the nature middle market brokerage.

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Updated 05/20/2006