The Crime That Pays is a study of higher-level drug syndicates and organized criminals who have achieved huge incomes and status in their deviant occupation. Based on interviews with drug couriers, drug investigators, and 70 higher-level drug traffickers, the book describes the characteristics of offenders, their modus operandi, the entrepreneurial aspects of organized crime, and the significance of friendship, kinship, race, and ethnicity in the development of criminal networks.
Most of the dealers in this study operated at the wholesale level for years, had realized huge profits, and lived extravagant lifestyles. For many, their arrest occurred only after the police had undertaken a sophisticated and proactive criminal investigation that took years to complete. Included in the text are an analysis of the police strategies used to combat drug trafficking and the social policy implications from this and other research studies.
The book includes original research both on the RCMP and on higher-level drug trafficking. Also included are analyses of Canadian drug laws and a critique of social policy relating to drug use and drug trafficking.
Dr. Frederick J. Desroches has worked in a mental hospital, a prison, and at the Departments of Indian Affairs and the Solicitor General in Ottawa. He currently teaches in the Sociology and Legal Studies Department at St. Jerome's University, University of Waterloo.
Chapter 1: Drug Trafficking: The Crime That Pays Chapter 2: Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime: Canadian Legislation and Case Law Chapter 3: Organized Crime and Higher-Level Drug Trafficking Chapter 4: The Motivation and Lifestyle of Higher-Level Drug Traffickers Chapter 5: The Modus Operandi of Higher-Level Drug Traffickers: Marketing, Organization, and Security Chapter 6: The Modus Operandi of Higher-Level Drug Traffickers: Fronts, Debts, and Violence Chapter 7: Police Investigations of Higher-Level Drug Traffickers Chapter 8: Higher-Level Drug Trafficking in Canada: Social Policy Implications