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Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside Paperback – January 28, 2008
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"The most comprehensive study of drug smuggling and drug smugglers I have seen." Paul Cromwell "[T]his book is informative, well written and interesting... The detail is rich and informative... A very interesting read on a topic about which conclusive information is difficult to find. Summing Up: Highly recommended." CHOICE, December 2008 "[A]n informative account about cocaine and marijuana smugglers incarcerated in U.S. penitentiaries... The book provides a fascinating overview of dynamics associated with cocaine and marijuana smuggling and of the challenges facing smugglers. The authors gained valuable information with respect to the sociology of the drug smugglers' worlds, and also about the perceptions of risk. They also gained insight with respect to current U.S. drug strategy, which suggests that current strategies appear out of sync with realities. The book makes a significant contribution to the field of criminology as well as social work as the profession strives to enhance its knowledge of the ecology of drug abuse and to develop its expertise in the area of substance abuse. Social works as a profession might be well served to draw on the methodological lessons and the knowledge of scholars such as Decker and Chapman." Sociology and Social Welfare, June 2009 "[A] significant addition to the growing interview-based research literature on organized crime... The findings of the study...create a quite vivid and detailed picture of drug smuggling into the United States... This book gives a straightforward account of drug smuggling through the eyes of incarcerated, mostly high-level drug smugglers... There is a lot of detailed information to be discovered both for students of the history of drug smuggling between Colombia and the United States, and for students of smuggling, illegal markets and organized crime in general." Trends in Organized Crime, March 2009
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I would recommend this book to anyone who seeks a real-life examination and analysis of how cocaine is smuggled into the U.S. (primarily through the Florida routes in the late 1990s and early 2000s).
Whenever I want to learn the ins and outs, the rules, or methods the major players involved in a particular endeavor employ, I try to find anthologies
about those individuals. This is one such book.
I like how the authors use other academic research to contrast and compare their current findings.
Don't know how relevant all this stuff is. since these stories are generally from those who got caught. A possible indication that these people were inept.
Another anthology about drug dealers I like is called " Wheeling and Dealing" by Patrice Adler
The title should be "Scientific Analysis of Drug Smuggling for Maybe Law Enforcement Purposes."
It has paragraphs like this in:
"Subject A: 38 yr old Cuban who smuggled first in 1988 and last in 1995. Refused to identify number of trips he made. Primarily responsible for constructing hidden compartments."
That's it. No story with it, no background. Nothing worth reading.
I don't know why anyone would give this five stars.