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dc.contributor.authorGong, Wendyen_US
dc.contributor.authorRitter, Alisonen_US
dc.contributor.authorBright, Daviden_US
dc.contributor.authorDoran, Chrisen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:19:50Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:19:50Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.date.modified2013-06-04T00:04:27Z
dc.identifier.issn03768716en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.09.028en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/48182
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: The illicit drug trade is the largest in value among global illicit commodities, at some $320 billion US dollars, according to the UN World Drug Report. Endeavours to control such a large illicit market would be enhanced by improved understanding of the economics of the trade. However, due to its illicit nature many aspects of the illicit drug market are largely unknown. This study explored one economic aspect of illicit drug dealing, profitability, with the aim of developing a better picture of the financial gains from illicit drug dealing. Methods: Data were obtained from judges sentencing remarks, key informants from law enforcement, and other published reports which detail the prices paid for methamphetamine in Australia. The financial margins attained from non-crystal methamphetamine dealing in Australia were calculated by examining the best fit for the relationship between prices and quantities: in this case a power law. Results: If it is assumed that a single deal is divided ("cut") between 4 times and 20 times before selling to the next customer, the mark-ups can range from 24% to 59%. The mark-ups appear low compared with those found in US research, but similar to those found in UK research. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to analyse profitability of methamphetamine dealing in Australia. The findings of this study will help in understanding the motivations and decisions of drug dealers, and potentially assist drug law enforcement agencies to design better strategies to dismantle supply chain linkages which generate excessive profits.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Irelanden_US
dc.publisher.placeIrelanden_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom208en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto212en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalDrug and Alcohol Dependenceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume122en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCauses and Prevention of Crimeen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160201en_US
dc.titleHow profitable is methamphetamine dealing in Australia?en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2012
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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