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County Lines

Criminal Networks and Evolving Drug Markets in Britain

  • Robert McLean
  • Grace Robinson
  • James A. Densley
Book

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Robert McLean, Grace Robinson, James A. Densley
    Pages 1-9
  3. Walking the Lines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Robert McLean, Grace Robinson, James A. Densley
      Pages 13-25
    3. Robert McLean, Grace Robinson, James A. Densley
      Pages 27-36
  4. Between the Lines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Robert McLean, Grace Robinson, James A. Densley
      Pages 39-52
    3. Robert McLean, Grace Robinson, James A. Densley
      Pages 53-68
    4. Robert McLean, Grace Robinson, James A. Densley
      Pages 69-79
  5. Draw the Line

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Robert McLean, Grace Robinson, James A. Densley
      Pages 83-89
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 91-93

About this book

Introduction

This brief sheds light on evolving drug markets and the county lines phenomenon in the British context. Drawing upon empirical research gathered in the field between 2012-2019 across two sites, Scotland’s West Coast and Merseyside in England, this book adopts a grounded approach to the drug supply model, detailing how drugs are purchased, sold and distributed at every level of the supply chain at both sites. 

The authors conducted interviews with practitioners, offenders, ex-offenders and those members of the general public most effected by organised crime. The research explores how drug markets have continued to evolve, accumulating in the phenomenon that is county lines. It explores how such behavior has gradually become ever more intertwined with other forms of organised criminal activity.

Useful for researchers, policy makers, and law enforcement officials, this brief recommends a rethinking of current reactive policing strategies.

Keywords

county lines organized crime groups child criminal exploitation youth criminal exploitation drug supply drug supply model organized crime

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33362-1
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-33361-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-33362-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8533
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8541
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