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COCAINE USE TREBLES IN A DECADE

Cocaine and ecstasy up, cannabis down and heroin and crack stable with user population ageing. Department of Health resarch with comments from Drugscope and Transform. Cocaine will probably come down if there are job losses in the City as the “recession” bites: that’s my prediction, not the report’s!

HOW SAFE IS YOUR AREA? MET LAUNCH ELECTRONIC CRIME MAPPING TRIAL

The problem’s in the headline. Its a tool for insurance companies and estate agents. There isn’t actually very much you can do about it yourself. It will raise fear of crime and is unlikely to prevent crime…But we shall see if anything changes. Truth is, there arent all that many resources available to shuffle around. Policing is responsive, not proactive and will continue to be until someone works out how to change the relationship between control room and constable.

MEXICAN CARTELS RUNNING POT FARMS IN US NATIONAL FOREST

Thanks Monty, I missed this. This is Sequoia National Forest, California and again illustrates the complexity of illicit business. This time Mexican cartels are alleged to be using illegal immigrants to cultivate the plants. But closer reading reveals these people are family or close family friends, brought in illegally, not just any old illegal immigrant. Which fits in with the van Duyne von Lampe picture of “organised” crime.

ITALY HOLDS FIVE ON TERROR CHARGE

But also of interest is the charge that they committed insurance fraud to finance their operations. Police in Bologna allege the group was recruiting suicide bombers.

BRITISH CRIME LORDS RULE £40 BILLION UNDERWORLD

ACPO has a map…what ever happened to SOCA? Crime in the UK still controlled by Brits! It would be good to see the whole overview. A few snippets in here to tantalise, like: Bradford is the money-laundering capital of the UK!

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