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Between War and Crime? Analysing Drug Violence in Mexico

Parakilas, Jacob (2012) Between War and Crime? Analysing Drug Violence in Mexico. International Affairs at LSE (09 Feb 2012). Website.

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Near the end of the first season of HBO’s “The Wire,” a police detective is shot and seriously wounded while conducting an undercover sting operation on a powerful Baltimore drug gang. In response, the detective’s colleagues press for more time to build their case against the gang’s leadership, but the commissioner ignores them and orders a citywide series of raids on any address known to be connected to the drug trade, in order to “send a message” to the local traffickers. One of the officers, infuriated by the fact that their hard work and their friend’s sacrifice will be expended on an operation unlikely to disrupt the city’s drug traffic, bitterly describes the commissioner’s action as “Putting dope on the damn table.”

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author(s)
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:55

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