Five kilos: Penalties and practice in the international cocaine trade

Fleetwood, Jennifer (2011) Five kilos: Penalties and practice in the international cocaine trade. British Journal of Criminology, 51 (2). pp. 375-393. ISSN 0007-0955. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Current and proposed sentence guidelines for drug-trafficking offences in the United Kingdom are underpinned by the neo-liberal 'commonsense' assumption that greater quantities will yield a greater profit, which deserves greater punishment. At present, this is achieved through the use of weight to determine the maximum sentence available (five kilos for Class A drugs). Drawing on ethnographic research with drug traffickers imprisoned in Ecuador, this paper problematizes the use of weight as a measure of seriousness. This research finds that mules often carry greater quantities than professional traffickers and that therefore sentence guidelines premised on weight will punish mules disproportionately.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: drug mules, drug trade, neo-liberalism, sentencing guidelines
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Andrew Buller
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 10:29
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 13:39
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