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Chapter 33: Drug Dealers
Drug dealer is the term attributed to individuals involved in the illegal supply of illicit drugs to others for profit or gain. While there is a common perception that drug dealers are essentially similar in character and type – a perception that is largely reflected in most legal systems – ‘the’ drug dealer is in fact an unhelpful way of understanding those involved in drug supply and can lead to a weakened response by the criminal justice system and a misunderstanding of the drug problem itself.
Just as we have seen when considering the drug market (see also 34 drug markets), something that is considered to be simple in character, origins and outcomes is in fact, when considered more closely, often not ...