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'Drug Trafficking:' Business of Drugs

In your own words, define drug trafficking. Describe what you feel might be the solution to combat this "business of drugs." Why do you think your solution would work? Support your theory.

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Please see response attached, which is also presented below. I also attached an interesting article.

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Let's take a closer look through definition and theory, mainly that of having stiffer sanctions e.g., war on crime or of using the decriminalization of drugs as a potential solutions to stop the "business of drug."

1. In your own words, define drug trafficking.

Not everyone has the same definition of drug trafficking, including the courts and different states and jurisdictions define drug trafficking offences in different ways (see Example 1 below). When I hear mention of drug trafficking, what comes to mind is the selling of drugs that are labelled as "illegal" in that country. I think of street gangs selling drugs both for profit and to support their own drug habits. I think of motorcycle gangs selling drugs as a main source of income and profit. Then, I think of people who are addicted to prescription drugs, who buy prescription drugs 'illegally' from the drug trafficker who has obtained the drugs in various ways. Selling prescription drugs is also considered drug trafficking and illegal. I also think of the drug cartel in Columbia, for example, who are often posing as legitimate businessmen who are also engaging in drug trafficking, a very lucrative business venture (e.g. organized crime).

Under federal law, a drug-trafficking crime is "any felony punishable under the Controlled Substances Act."

That definition excludes most simple drug possession offences, unlike the definition used in some state laws that consider simple drug possession a felony. (http://www.famm.org/ExploreSentencing/InTheCourts/FAMMLegalBriefs/Casetoresolvedefinitionofdrugtraffickingcri.aspx (See example 1 for the application of this definition).

Example 1: Problem of Definition:

Case to Resolve Definition of Drug-trafficking Crime
6/23/06

In a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that turns on the definition of a drug-trafficking crime, FAMM has joined the National Association of Federal Defenders (NAFD) in filing an amicus brief, Toledo-Flores v. United States, No. 05-7664. Under federal law, a drug-trafficking crime is "any felony punishable under the Controlled Substances Act." That definition excludes most simple drug possession offences, unlike the definition used in some state laws that consider simple drug possession a felony. In Toledo-Flores' case, the distinction was important. He was convicted in federal court for returning to the United States without permission following deportation, and his sentence was increased significantly based on a prior felony conviction in ...

Solution Summary

This solution defines 'drug trafficking.' By debating the opposing solutions, it evaluates which one is the 'best' solution to combat this "business of drugs," and why. Theoretically supported. A highly informative article is also provided that debates two proposed solutions (war on drugs through punishment and stiffer laws vs. decriminalization of certain drugs to make trafficking no longer a lucrative business for drug dealers).

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