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The Rise of Drug Dealing in the Life of the North American Street Gang

Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice, School of Education, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton ML3 0JB, UK
Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk L39 4QP, UK
School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University, St Paul, MN 55106, USA
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Societies 2018, 8(3), 90;
Received: 2 August 2018 / Revised: 14 September 2018 / Accepted: 15 September 2018 / Published: 18 September 2018
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Historical gang literature traditionally perceived street gangs as boisterous outfits occasionally engaged in delinquency. In recent decades however, street gang behavior has come to be seen ever more as encroaching upon criminality, primarily due to its involvement in drug supply. This article aims to provide a brief historical review as to how the practice of drug supply entered into the life of the street gang, with specific emphasis on The War on Drugs in the 1970s and the rise of the crack cocaine economy in the 1980s. View Full-Text
Keywords: gangs; drug sales; violence; War on Drugs; organized crime gangs; drug sales; violence; War on Drugs; organized crime
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McLean, R.; Robinson, G.; Densley, J. The Rise of Drug Dealing in the Life of the North American Street Gang. Societies 2018, 8, 90.

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