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Middle market drug distribution : middle and upper level drug dealing in the UK

Australian Institute of Criminology, Geoffrey Pearson
02 April 2003 -

Prof Geoffrey Pearson
Professor of Criminology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom

This seminar is being organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology in conjunction with the Australian Customs Service.


This seminar is based on research recently conducted in the UK on middle and upper tiers of drug distribution in the UK. It describes how different kinds of drug brokerage function within the 'middle market'. The research was based on interviews with imprisoned offenders, law enforcement personnel, and intelligence services. It suggests that serious crime networks of this kind are best thought of as clusters of small entrepreneurial independent traders, and discusses among other things the role of violence. The middle market is potentially a crucial target for enforcement efforts in that it is links up large scale importation and smuggling operations with retail level dealers and consumers.

Geoffrey Pearson is Professor of Criminology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and current Editor of the British Journal of Criminology. His published work includes Hooligan: A History of Respectable Fears, The New Heroin Users, and most recently Middle Market Drug Distribution.

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