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Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2005 the crime that pays cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Subjects
Criminology
252 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
March 2005
Print ISBN: 9781551302317
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Overview

The Crime That Pays is a study of higher-level drug syndicates and organized criminals who have achieved huge incomes and status in their deviant occupation. Based on interviews with drug couriers, drug investigators, and 70 higher-level drug traffickers, the book describes the characteristics of offenders, their modus operandi, the entrepreneurial aspects of organized crime, and the significance of friendship, kinship, race, and ethnicity in the development of criminal networks.

Most of the dealers in this study operated at the wholesale level for years, had realized huge profits, and lived extravagant lifestyles. For many, their arrest occurred only after the police had undertaken a sophisticated and proactive criminal investigation that took years to complete. Included in the text are an analysis of the police strategies used to combat drug trafficking and the social policy implications from this and other research studies.

The book includes original research both on the RCMP and on higher-level drug trafficking. Also included are analyses of Canadian drug laws and a critique of social policy relating to drug use and drug trafficking.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Drug Trafficking: The Crime That Pays
Chapter 2: Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime: Canadian Legislation and Case Law
Chapter 3: Organized Crime and Higher-Level Drug Trafficking
Chapter 4: The Motivation and Lifestyle of Higher-Level Drug Traffickers
Chapter 5: The Modus Operandi of Higher-Level Drug Traffickers: Marketing, Organization, and Security
Chapter 6: The Modus Operandi of Higher-Level Drug Traffickers: Fronts, Debts, and Violence
Chapter 7: Police Investigations of Higher-Level Drug Traffickers
Chapter 8: Higher-Level Drug Trafficking in Canada: Social Policy Implications

Frederick J. Desroches

Dr. Frederick J. Desroches has worked in a mental hospital, a prison, and at the Departments of Indian Affairs and the Solicitor General in Ottawa. He currently teaches in the Sociology and Legal Studies Department at St. Jerome's University, University of Waterloo.

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Reviews

"The Crime that Pays is a thorough and thoughtful analysis of an area that for too long been dominated by sensationalist journalism and political hyperbole. Desroches’s book should be studied carefully by criminologists, policy planners and anyone else interested in a sober assessment of how high-level drug markets operate in this country."
—  Dr. Vince Sacco, Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University

"The Crime That Pays is a thorough and thoughtful analysis of an area that has for too long been dominated by sensationalist journalism and political hyperbole. Desroches’s book should be studied carefully by criminologists, policy planners, and anyone else interested in a sober assessment of how high-level drug markets operate in this country."

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