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: 165828 Find in a Library
Title: Crack Dealing on the Street: Crew System and the Crack House (From Drugs, Crime, and Justice: Contemporary Perspectives, P 193-204, 1997, Larry K Gaines and Peter B Kraska, eds. -- See NCJ-165819)
Author(s): T Mieczkowski
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Distinctive street sales techniques that emerged in Detroit and other cities during the heroin-dominated 1960's and 1970's do not appear to have survived intact in the crack cocaine era of the 1990's.
Abstract: Data were obtained from the Detroit Crack Ethnography Project (DCEP) conducted in 1988 and 1989 and from the Detroit Drug Use Forecast (DUF) Crack Supplement. The DCEP studied 100 active crack dealers in Detroit, while the DUF study collected information on Detroit arrestees. DCEP findings showed the open air street crew system associated with the heroin business was not prominent in the crack market. Open street sales were not a typical or a popular method for selling crack. As an organizational format, this method was a distant third to crack houses and "beeper men" who delivered crack to customers and met customers at designated locations. Purchasing crack from street corner or curbside vendors was not popular with customers. They strongly preferred to purchase from fixed locales or from established vendors who worked off the beeper. Although the crew system per se has not survived intact as a marketing device, elements of the process have persisted and have been incorporated into the crack trade. The most prominent elements are the dominant role of young managers and a management system that is similar to the crew system. 23 references, 5 notes, and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Drug business
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Crack; Heroin
Note: DCC
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.