Illicit Drug Markets Today

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


Part I of the book introduced the reader to the role of gangs and organised crime groups (OCG) in IDM, and more specifically the rise of the County Lines phenomenon. Thus far, the information provided was largely filtered through the lens of ‘official’ channels, i.e., the political establishment, law enforcement, and to a lesser extent the media. When combined with some past academic scholarship, a certain perception begins to emerge in the construct of the mind. This perception tends to hold certain views, such as: the IDM being a somewhat unified phenomena; that the IDM is run by sophisticated OCGs; that OCGs are violent, hierarchical outfits with set boundaries, alliances, and goals. Part II of the book looks to provide a counterbalance to the ‘official’ view by drawing upon the sample group involved in Britain’s IDM and County Lines activity. Part II consists of three chapters. These chapters are overarching themes which present the voices of the participants interviewed. These themes are ‘Illicit Drug Markets Today’, ‘Working County Lines’, and ‘Negotiating the Victim/Offender Nexus’.


Drug supply and demand Evolving drug markets Professionalization of drug dealers IDM 


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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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