Trafficking in Methamphetamine: Comparing Male and Female Dealers

Scott R. Senjo, Weber State University

Male and female meth dealers exhibit numerous common characteristics and patterns. For example, both can be heavy users and both have similar (long) criminal records. However, both groups also show important distinctions in their drug dealing and using patterns. This exploratory study compares 29 male and 25 female meth dealers who were involved in the criminal justice system of a single western state. Among other things, the findings indicate that male dealers treat their trafficking activities more like a business and are more likely prepared for violence while dealing than females. In contrast, female dealers have more education, including graduate school and are more willing to try drug treatment than male dealers.

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Updated 05/20/2006