Overview of Drug Trade

Chapter III Part 1: Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime

This article provides a comprehensive introduction to the issue of drug trafficking by following the trade of heroin and cocaine. It provides an in depth summary behind each drug, citing a few key traffickers or cartels, case studies, and how and where each drug is produced and then where it is subsequently sent to be trafficked. This is a fantastic starting point to understanding how drug trafficking affects so many. Through the case studies, the article clearly outlines how and why different people get involved in drug trafficking.

Colombian, 1978. “Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime.” DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy. Web. 10 July 2010. http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/govpubs/amhab/amhabc3.htm

 

Drug Trafficking: Perspectives from Europe, Latin America and the United States

This extremely lengthy and extensive report gives background information on the issue of drug trafficking from the perspective of the UN, Europe, USA and Latin America. It is suggested to follow the table of contents per region that you wish to discuss.

Guizado, Álvaro Comacho. “Drug Trafficking: Perspectives from Europe, Latin America and the United States”. October 24-26, 2005. July 28, 2010. http://www.drugpolicy.org/docUploads/Drug_Trafficking_Europe_Latin_America_United_States.pdf

 

Drugs: A Global Business

This BBC article does a great job of over viewing the issue of drug trafficking as well as how inter-connected the entire world is when it comes to drug trafficking. The author, Philip Fiske, uses stories from all over the world to illustrate the effect of drug trafficking. Fiske approaches the drug trade as any other business and discusses marketing tactics, as well as the economics behind the drug trade.

Fiske, Philip. “Drugs: A Global Business.” BBC News – Home. 9 June 2000. Web. 21 July 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/774301.stm

 

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Official 2010 Report Executive Summary

While the entire United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2010 Report is available online, this is the summary of the most important parts of the report. The Executive Summary goes drug by drug to cite the changes and developments with each drug.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Official 2010 Report Executive Summary. 2010. July 31, 2010. http://www.unodc.org/documents/wdr/WDR_2010/Executive_summary.pdf

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