Dealing with Cocaine and Heroin in Italy

Business Strategies and Operations

Published in: Reframing Addictions: Policies, Processes and Pressures. The ALICE RAP Project / Edited by Peter Anderson, Gerhard Bühringer and Joan Colom (Barcelona: European Commission, 2014), Chapter 8, p. 74-89

Posted on RAND.org on March 17, 2015

by Marina Tzvetkova, Mafalda Pardal, Alice Rena, Emma Disley, Alessandra Liquori

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In order to devise evidence-informed strategies for suppressing heroin and cocaine distribution and sales in Europe, it is important to know how this distribution works in practice, including the incentives and constraints of those involved. This chapter considers how drug dealers develop their business activity, the motivations of and limitations on those profiting from the trade in cocaine and heroin in Italy. In order to do so, we focus on existing studies and primary interviews with those involved in the drug trade. The focus is on both business strategies and the revenues and profits generated by the trade.

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