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NCJ Number: 98655 Find in a Library
Title: Outlaws of the Ocean - The Complete Book of Contemporary Crime on the High Seas
Author(s): G O W Mueller; F Adler
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 354
Sponsoring Agency: Hearst Marine Books
New York, NY 10016
Sale Source: Hearst Marine Books
105 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on visits to over 65 countries, this book examines seaborne crime, maritime law enforcement systems, and strategies and solutions to problems plaguing maritime commerce, ocean resources, and waterway recreation.
Abstract: An examination of customs operations in Miami and the flourishing drug trade throughout the Carribean and South America precedes the authors' account of sailing on the Coast Guard Cutter 'Steadfast' in pursuit of narcotics smugglers. Difficulties in enforcing drug trafficking laws are considered in a description of the seizure and subsequent trial of crewmen bringing marijuana into Massachusetts. Marine police powers with respect to hailing, boarding, searching, and seizing are reviewed. The extent of piracy in the Carribean, the Middle East, and Asia is discussed; cases involving the hijacking of pleasure boats and other vessels are summarized. Also examined are acts of seagoing terrorism involving liners, tankers and supertankers, stationary ocean targets, and naval vessels. The potential for the corruption of public officials because of the profitability of crime on the seas is discussed and illustrated. Cases involving marine insurance and cargo fraud also are cited. The incidence of such crimes as homicide, prostitution, cargo theft, and theft of vessels and boating equipment are considered. Smuggling of illegal aliens is covered, as is espionage and smuggling of arms and sensitive technologies. Crimes involving pollution of the seas are discussed with reference to effects on marine life and the protection of endangered species. Finally, the Laws of the Sea Treaty is discussed as a long-needed step toward increased international cooperation with implications for future crime control efforts. Chapter references and footnotes, maps, photogrpahs, and an index are provided.
Index Term(s): Customs violations; Environmental offenses; International drug law enforcement; International law; International terrorism; Maritime law; Piracy; Property crimes; Smuggling/Trafficking
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