Flashcards in Drug crime Deck (17):
Why is drug crime different to traditional typical crime?(3)
- Drug crime can be seemly victimless, as there is more often than not, not a direct victim (excluding date rape situations)
- Drug crimes are highly organised and planned out
- drug crime works on a supply-demand basis
What are the similarities between tea/coffee and cocaine/herion
- high amounts of exporting/importing - from producer to consumer based on supply and demand
- semi-refined agricultural product
- produced only in certain parts of the world
Why are tea/coffee and cocaine/herion different?
- social acceptability
- ease of exporting/importing
- everyday accessibility
- risks involved (high consequences)
How much is .... worth per USD/KG?
46, 835 usd/kg
Why will drug dealing always continue?
- So hugely profitable
- The rewards often outweigh the costs
- even if dealers get caught, their place in the chain will quickly be filled
- Demand for drugs will always be massive
When a dealer is caught what happens?
They get replaced quickly and dealers innovate and find new ways of dealing drugs, change tactics and become more careful
What is the hierarchy of the supply of illict drugs?
What stage of the supply of illict drugs are the most sellers and the least? also who are the police most concerned with?
police concern: wholesale
What is the significance of the demand for illicit drugs?
- responsive to price changes, demand is responsive (elastic)
What is the risk of arrest for drug users per year in the USA?
What is the elasticity demand for heroin between?
-0.10 to -1.50
What is the elasticity demand for cocaine between?
-0.5 to -2.44
How does law enforcement for drugs work?
Arrest big dealers which has a huge effect on dealing and consumption and demand goes down
Weed prices in the UK... where is more expensive?
Where is cheaper?
expensive - northern places such as edinburgh, aberdeen, etc
cheaper - brighton, cardiff, southern places
Which place has legalised weed and what has this done to the price?
and price is more or less the same, however there is regulation there
Talk through the diagram...
1) 1kg base colombia price is £10,000
2) X2 for risk = £20,000
3) + £5000 due to police intervention (50% of original price)
4) colombia 1kg is £15,000, but UK rp £25,000
5) But need to double colombia price due to risk so UK rp £30,000