Cocaine trafficking and the social impact of cocaine on UK society

O'Hagan, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5361-8320 and Poxon, A.J., 2016. Cocaine trafficking and the social impact of cocaine on UK society. Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal, 2 (2), 00048. ISSN 2469-2794

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Abstract

Cocaine trafficking is a significant problem that affects countries all over the world and this needs to be researched in order to understand the huge impact that it has. The cocaine trade is a multi-billion pound industry that is governed by gangs organising the crime on an international scale and all efforts to eliminate the business have been unsuccessful up to the present time. The production of coca is based in South America; the majority coming from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. These countries are the main cocaine producers where it is manufactured on a large scale and then distributed across the borders to the Caribbean, Australia and Europe. The methods of trafficking are varied and the cocaine is shipped, transferred by aircraft, transported by land routes and smuggled by drug mules. The controls in place are discussed and it becomes clear that they are often corrupt and the laws and efforts of prevention have not decreased the power of the cocaine trade. This sparked the question of whether it was worth spending millions of pounds to eliminate coca production and reduce trafficking and the explanations in this research conclude that there still has to be efforts in order to control the trade otherwise it would be even worse without the risk of any punishments and consequences. This study uses limited qualitative interviews with three drug users who described their experiences of using cocaine. This research was to help understand the social impact of cocaine on UK society. For all three interviewees, their lives have been changed by the drug abuse and they had taken both powder cocaine and crack cocaine. They described how they had committed crimes in order to fund their drug habit and showed emotion when talking about how their family relationships had been affected. It is concluded that the cocaine trade is proving extremely difficult to eradicate because the supply and demand are so great, the network of the business is strong and it is on such a large scale where people are risking their lives because the income is worth it to them. It is also concluded that there is not enough research to draw conclusions about the effect of cocaine trafficking on the United Kingdom and therefore a UK wide study would be exceptionally valuable.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal
Creators: O'Hagan, A. and Poxon, A.J.
Publisher: MedCrave
Date: 16 February 2016
Volume: 2
Number: 2
ISSN: 2469-2794
Identifiers:
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10.15406/frcij.2016.02.00048DOI
Rights: ©2016 O'Hagan et al.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 28 Sep 2016 13:44
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28676

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