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Prof. Scott Decker '72 Co-Authors Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling

Prof. Scott Decker '72 Co-Authors Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling

December 2, 2008

Scott Decker 2006.jpgDecember 2, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Scott H. Decker, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University and 1972 graduate of DePauw University, is co-author of Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside. Published by Temple University Press, the book by Decker and Margaret Townsend Chapman "features interviews with 34 convicted drug smugglers -- most of them once major operators -- detailing exactly how drugs are smuggled into the U.S. from Latin America," notes a synopsis. "These sources provide tangible evidence of the risks, rewards, and organization of international drug smuggling."

The publisher adds, "Quoting frequently from their interviews, Decker and Chapman explain how individuals are recruited into smuggling, why they stay in it, and how their roles change over time. They describe the specific strategies their interviewees employed to bring drugs into the country and how they previously escaped apprehension. Overall, the authors find that drug smuggling is organized in a series of networks which are usually unconnected. This extraordinarily informative book will be of particular interest to law enforcement officials and Scott Decker Drug Smugglers.jpgpolicymakers, but it will appeal to anyone who wants to know how the drug business actually works."

"This book is the most comprehensive study of drug smuggling and drug smugglers I have seen. The details and descriptions of the smugglers' activities are rich and extensive," says Paul Cromwell, professor of criminal justice in the School of Community Affairs at Wichita State University. D"ecker and Chapman delve deeply into interdiction efforts and the methods and strategies used by drug smugglers to counter the government's efforts. In particular, the study views the government's efforts at deterrence from the perspective of the smugglers themselves, offering a unique approach to the issue."

The book is available at

Professor Decker previously authored Life in the Gang: Family, Friends and Violence. Learn more about him in this previous story.