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Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime$
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Robert McLean

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203028

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203028.001.0001

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Gangs and Drug Supply

Gangs and Drug Supply

(p.143) 6 Gangs and Drug Supply
Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime

Robert McLean

Policy Press

While chapter 4 sought to explore organisational and structural properties, chapter 5 sought to provide a generic and largely descriptive account of gang activities sin relation to level of gang organisation. Chapter 6 looks to build upon structure and activity by specifically focusing upon one, and the main, type of activity in which gangs are found to operate within. This is illegal drug supply. By doing so chapter 6 adds the relevance of context to the book discussion. The chapter opens by re-examining the supply of illegal drugs into the British Isles, and more specifically the research context (i.e. Scotland). The chapter then proceeds to outline how drug supply works in relation to context and specific level of gang organisation. YSGs are found to mainly be engaged in the social supply of drugs. YCGs are found to be involved anywhere between retail-level and wholesale drug supply. OCGs are found to be involved in importation and high-end wholesaling of drugs in the county. In addition, OCGs are also found to engage in illegal-governance and thus control to varying degrees the activities of lesser gang types within drug markets.

Keywords:   Gangs, Drug Markets, Drug Supply, Social-Supply, Drug-Dealing Proper, Illegal-Governance

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