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Title: Crack Dealing on the Street: An Exploration of the YBI Hypothesis and the Detroit Crack Trade
Author(s): T Mieczkowski
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620
Grant Number: OJP-88-M-38J
Sale Source: University of South Florida
Dept of Criminology
Soc 107
4202 E Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines street-level crack selling in Detroit.
Abstract: During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the evolution of youthful street entrepreneurs who sold heroin and other drugs at retail became a noticed element of drug distribution mechanisms observed in inner-city communities. In Detroit, activities of a reputed organization called the Young Boys, Incorporated (YBI) was typical of this new strategy. Young operatives sold drugs at curbside to drive-up or walk-up customers, overtly, in broad public view, and in apparent indifference to potential police action or other forms of legal interference. This was in sharp contrast to older drug-selling strategies based on the dope pad system, where a physical location was used as a base for packaging drugs in retail quantities and selling it to customers referred by social networking; prior knowledge or reference were requisite to being able to purchase. The YBI street-sales technique does not appear to have survived into the era of crack cocaine. The crack trade seems to be dominated by a dope pad system similar to the earlier heroin trade distribution method. It remains to be seen if the current crack sales methods will stabilize or if new innovations will emerge from the entrepreneurial actions of crack dealers. Tables, figure, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Crack; Data collections; Drug manufacturing; Drug sources; Drug testing; Drug Use Forecasting system; Heroin; Theory; Urban criminality
Note: DCC
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