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Robbery in the Illegal Drugs Trade

Violence and Vengeance

By Robert McLean and James Densley

Published

Jan 17, 2022

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1529223910

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 17, 2022

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1529223927

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Robbery in the Illegal Drugs Trade

Robbery can be planned or spontaneous and is a typically short, chaotic crime that is comparatively under-researched. This book transports the reader to the streets and focuses on the real-life narratives and motivations of the youth gang members and adult organised criminals immersed in this form of violence.

Uniquely focusing on robberies involving drug dealers and users, this book considers the material and emotional gains and losses to offenders and victims and offers policy recommendations to reduce occurrences of this common crime.

“This book is a much-needed contribution to our understanding of the link between drug markets and violence, masterfully weaving the words of robbers and their victims into an in-depth view of the process of robbery." Scott H. Decker, Arizona State University

Robert McLean is a lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland.

James Densley is Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, Minnesota.

1. On Robbery

2. From Robbing Places to Robbing People

3. The Will to Rob

4. Robbery in Action

5. Trust No One

6. Life After Robbery

7. Conclusion