A Tale of Two Research Sites

  • Robert McLean
  • Grace Robinson
  • James A. Densley
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


As outlined in the Chap. 1, County Lines have in recent years become a major social and political issue. The migration of drug dealers from major cities to other areas for the purposes of drug supply has become one of the most adaptive ways in which illicit entrepreneurs have sought to maximise profit and mitigate risk. Yet, understanding of County Lines amongst practitioners, government officials, and policy makers is emerging at best. And because County Lines are a relatively new phenomenon, little empirical research exists on them, and that which does focuses almost exclusively on London and the South East, leaving it to media reports with little comparative scope. This book adopts a wider lens.


Crime and drug harms West Scotland Glasgow Merseyside Drug dealer migration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert McLean
    • 1
  • Grace Robinson
    • 2
  • James A. Densley
    • 3
  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityNewcastleUK
  2. 2.CriminologyBlackpool and the Fylde CollegeLancashireUK
  3. 3.Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education CenterMetropolitan State UniversityBrooklyn ParkUSA

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