skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 119779 Find in a Library
Title: Technique of Controlled Delivery as a Weapon in Dealing With Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:35  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (October-December 1983)  Pages:15-22
Author(s): P D Cutting
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 8
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: The technique of controlled delivery has been used in some countries for more than a decade as an aid in identifying and bringing to justice the organizers and principals in illicit drug trafficking, rather than merely arresting couriers or effecting seizures of drugs of unknown origin.
Abstract: This technique involves allowing a drug consignment that has been detected to go forward under the control and surveillance of law enforcement officers. The controlled delivery technique is compatible with the requirements of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. However, its application depends on the particular legal and administrative provisions in the countries concerned. The technique should be used more widely. It does not involve any element of entrapment. It has been used most effectively when illicit drugs are discovered in unaccompanied freight consignments or in the mail. Controlled deliveries involving couriers present special difficulties and should be handled with caution. Security of information is paramount, as is the appropriate knowledge and cooperation of the law enforcement authorities in the nation in which the drugs are detected, in transit countries, and in the destination country. International cooperation has made possible many important detections using controlled deliveries. 3 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): International drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Drug smuggling; International cooperation
Note: Special issue on an analysis of the campaign against drug trafficking
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.