Title

The War on Drugs: Evening the Odds through Use of the Airport Drug Courier Profile

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 1996

ISSN

1077-0615

Publisher

Boston University School of Law

Language

en-US

Abstract

The scourge of illegal drug abuse plagues the United States despite increased efforts by various law enforcement agencies to eradicate the narcotics trade. "The toll [drug abuse inflicts] on our society in lives made wretched, in costs to citizens, and in profits of gross size funneled to the most odious criminals, is staggering." Drugs lead the abuser fortunate enough to evade his demise to physical, financial and moral devastation, although their pernicious effects are not confined to the individual who uses them. The enormous profits generated by the drug trade invite corruption of unscrupulous law enforcement officials through lucrative bribes. Most importantly, narcotics induce the abuser to commit crime, producing a wave of drug-related violence perpetrated against others involved in illegal drug activity as well as law enforcement officials and innocent victims.

Comments

Criminal Law Symposium: Current Developments in the Law

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