A Geographic and Contextual Analysis of Illegal Drug Sales

Anthony J. Luongo, Temple University

Drawing on the theoretical statements and empirical findings of Rengert (1989,1996), Eck (1994) and Weisburd and Green (1995), this research examines the interface between the built environment and its geographic context on the level of illegal drug sales. The analyses will build upon the understanding of how urban spatial structures and the location of facilities of a class are not equally innocuous or noxious within their geographic context and how these spatial elements may be realted to drug sales arrests. These relationships are explored using data from the Wilmington, Delaware Police Department's arrest and call for service records for the years 1990, 1991, and 1992. The implications of these findings for the reduction of illegal drug markets and on urban planning are discussed.

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