An Australian profile on cocaine supply

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Shearer, James, Johnston, Jennifer, Fry, Craig L, Kaye, Sharlene, Dillon, Paul, Dietze, Paul and Collins, Linette (2008) An Australian profile on cocaine supply. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 47 (1). pp. 67-80. ISSN 0265-5527


Twenty Australian cocaine dealers were interviewed regarding cocaine sales and related issues. Most money was made by cocaine importers and by those selling small, diluted quantities to injecting drug users (IDU), with lower returns made by suppliers to recreational drug users. Australian domestic cocaine transactions appear to occur within private social networks which are difficult to disrupt, with little impact on the volume and price of cocaine. Given the large-scale importations required to support the Australian market, law enforcement efforts at the border and beyond are likely to be the most effective supply reduction strategy.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2311.2008.00505.x
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Keywords ResPubID25174, illicit drug-related problems, drug law enforcement, cocaine supply, Opiate Treatment Index Crime Scale, criminal activity, Severity of Dependence Scale, SDS
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