Since the 1950s, many Jamaican men have journeyed to the UK looking for a new way of life. For a small minority, however, the outcome was to become embroiled in the supply of illegal drugs and associated crimes. The association between drugs and the black community was first made in the late 1940s and early 1950s, post-Second World War (Kalunta-Crumpton, 2006). This was originally associated with the migration of people from the Caribbean who were recruited via employment campaigns to rebuild Britain following the Second World War. Black men from the Caribbean — and Jamaicans in particular — soon became linked by the authorities and then the public with the use and supply of cannabis. As a result, the first Jamaican drug dealing ‘folk devil’ (Cohen, 1972) was created.
KeywordsMigration Depression Europe Cocaine Settling
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