Models of South-East Asian organised crime drug operations in Queensland

Le, Vy Kim & Lauchs, Mark A. (2012) Models of South-East Asian organised crime drug operations in Queensland. Asian Journal of Criminology.

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In 2002, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) issued a report entitled Results of a pilot survey of forty selected organized criminal groups in sixteen countries which established five models of organised crime. This paper reviews these and other common organised crime models and drug trafficking models, and applies them to cases of South East Asian drug trafficking in the Australian state of Queensland. The study tests the following hypotheses:

(1) South-East Asian drug trafficking groups in Queensland will operate within a criminal network or core group; (2) Wholesale drug distributors in Queensland will not fit consistently under any particular UN organised crime model; and (3) Street dealers will have no organisational structure.

The study concluded that drug trafficking or importation closely resembles a criminal network or core group structure. Wholesale dealers did not fit consistently into any UN organised crime model. Street dealers had no organisational structure as an organisational structure is typically found in mid- to high-level drug trafficking.

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ID Code: 49272
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Springer OnlineFirst publication
Keywords: organised crime, drug trafficking, networks
DOI: 10.1007/s11417-011-9124-9
ISSN: 1871-0131
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 22 Mar 2012 05:59
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 21:23

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