Crime Script Analysis of Drug Manufacturing in Clandestine Laboratories Implications for Prevention

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Title Crime Script Analysis of Drug Manufacturing in Clandestine Laboratories Implications for Prevention
Author Chiu, Yi-Ning; Leclerc, Benoit; Townsley, Michael Kenneth
Journal Name British Journal of Criminology
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract Despite the growing problem of clandestine drug laboratories, there is currently little evidence of systematic knowledge regarding the crime-commission process involved in this criminal enterprise. In addition, as mentioned by Levi and Maguire, strategic measures utilized in law enforcement interventions that extend beyond immediate operational goals towards a lasting reduction in organized forms of crime are also lacking. The purpose of this study is to better understand the crime commission process of clandestine drug laboratories and identify significant points for intervention by using crime scripts. This objective is achieved through a qualitative content analysis of 25 court cases in which a crime script comprising seven stages is identified. Potential prevention measures are also underpinned and summarized according to the problem analysis triangle. It is concluded that a focus on location, chemicals and equipment might have the most detrimental effect on the overall manufacturing script process.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azr005
Volume 51
Issue Number 2
Page from 355
Page to 374
ISSN 0007-0955
Date Accessioned 2012-02-10; 2012-05-31T22:04:38Z
Date Available 2012-05-31T22:04:38Z
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/45339
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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