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Social connectedness between Drugs runners

Klaasen, Marielle (2017) Social connectedness between Drugs runners.

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Abstract:They do it for the power, they do it for the money, they do it for the excitement.’ (Thie, 1996). Young men in police district Rotterdam get into illegal drug trade searching for clients to whom they could sell drugs in public areas. They are labelled drugs runners in the Dutch media and are part of illegal drug trade. Illegal drugs trade is causing problems on a global level. One area in the Netherlands which is having trouble with illegal drug trade is district [...].. Here, the presence of many Cannabis plantations, dealers and drugs runners cause problems regarding the level of safeness and order. The police and other actors who are involved, want to have a better understanding of drugs runners. They are interested in the social connections between these drugs runners. Therefore, the goal of this thesis is to provide insights into drugs runners and their connection with each other. This thesis will focus on the social relations between these drugs runners and their place in the process of illegal drug trade. The social relations between drugs runners are researched by doing a network analysis. Understanding connections between drugs runners might give new insights which help with the deactivation of a part of illegal drug trade. The main research question of this thesis is: To what extent do drugs runners […] form a criminal network and in which phases of the process of illegal drugs trade are drugs runners involved? To answer this question, data from the police information system are used. Within this police system, there are both reports from observations of police officers and interrogations with drugs runners. These documents are analysed. The information is used to see to what extent social connections are present between drugs runners. Next to that, this research looks into common/sociodemographic features of drugs runners to see what might be socially binding them together. After the analysis of the data, a network of drugs runners was found. Not every drugs runner was connected to many other drugs runners. […] Drugs runners have several common socio/demographic features. Based on the results, a profile of a drugs runner could be made. […] However, how a drugs runner is described here does not count for every drugs runner which was part of this research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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