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Playing Pac-Man in Portville: Policing the dilution and fragmentation of drug importations through major seaports

Sergi, Anna (2020) 'Playing Pac-Man in Portville: Policing the dilution and fragmentation of drug importations through major seaports.' European Journal of Criminology. ISSN 1477-3708

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a qualitative research project into organized crime, policing and security across five major seaports (‘Portvilles’): Genoa (Italy); Melbourne (Australia); Montreal (Canada); New York (USA); and Liverpool (UK). Through content analysis of confidential judicial files, the article will construct the offenders’ scenarios and options for importing drugs in Portville. Through also interviews with law enforcement agencies, police forces and security staff in these seaports, the article presents the policing and security struggles to disrupt importations. The main finding is that importation roles and security techniques change constantly and quickly, as in a game of Pac-Man. Security and policing in seaports lead to the dilution and fragmentation of drug importation, and only distribution tends to remain organized in Portville. In this chaotic environment, it is the rules of trade that affect the success of drug importations the most, rather than the failures of effective security and policing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drug importation, drug trade, organized crime, maritime security, policing
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 12:11
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27344

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