Understanding the operational structure of Southeast Asian drug trafficking groups in Australia

Le, Vy Kim Thi (2013) Understanding the operational structure of Southeast Asian drug trafficking groups in Australia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis examined the operational structure of Southeast Asian drug trafficking groups operating on the eastern seaboard of Australia by testing the validity and application of organised crime and drug trafficking typologies using data obtained from 159 drug trafficking cases in three Australian states: New South Wales; Queensland; and Victoria. Key findings indicated that the usefulness of typologies is limited when classifying and analysing organised crime groups. In particular, Southeast Asian drug trafficking groups operated largely in small, informal, family-based hierarchies or groups that were better conceptualised using theoretical perspectives from network and cultural studies. The study recommended that replicating previous empirical research in the field is an effective approach that will contribute towards building a cumulative body of knowledge on organised crime structures.

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ID Code: 60670
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Lauchs, Mark A. & Keast, Robyn L.
Keywords: Organised crime, Drug trafficking, Networks, Southeast Asia, Heroin
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2013 05:03
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 10:04

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