View Full Version : Drug trafficking/trade (NYC)

10-04-2008, 09:07 AM
Well, I've been doing research but you guys are always helpful so I wanted to know what you had to say.

I'm reading up on drug trade and trafficking in the U.S., specifically in NYC. Although it's helpful to know how the trafficking works (who's behind it, for example, I know it's changed a bit throughout the years; where they're most likely to be found in the city, trade hierarchies, the amounts of money and kinds of drugs involved), I'm more interested in knowing how law enforcement tracks it (undercover, tactics used, length of operation, etc).

This blurb (http://www.nypost.com/seven/12122007/news/regionalnews/cops_bust_up_bx__drug_ring_142972.htm) is basically the scale I'm looking at, and I'm digging up info about this case and related ones.

Anything on either side of the issue (what criminals do vs. what law enforcement does) is helpful.

Thanks in advance. :)

10-04-2008, 09:35 PM
If you get a chance to watch American Gangster (stars Denzel Washington and is a great movie), you will get a great overall picture of the heroin trade in NYC. The story takes place in the 70's but other than the people, not much has changed. The crooked cops have been cleaned out, but I'm guessing they still have their share of those left too.

As far as how the cops investigate the trade, it is 99% intelligence gathering. From snitches, undercover cops, plea bargaining, wire tapping, and whatever else they have at their means.

10-04-2008, 11:26 PM
I found the show DEA to be immensely helpful in research. Disturbing, sometimes, but helpful.

http://www.spike.com/show/26319 (You may want to turn your sound down, this was loud for me.)

10-05-2008, 04:34 AM