Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Trading in narcotics on a wholesale level is probably the most profitable illegal occupation there is. Traffickers who succeed in hauling in just two or three substantial shipments stand a good chance of becoming overnight multimillionaires. When they manage to avoid investigators and steer clear of violent competitors and criminal predators, they often enjoy a rich life—at least for a time. While there is little reliable information on highly successful drug traffickers, case studies of less fortunate mid- to high-level drug traffickers illustrate the vulnerable and often temporary nature of their material wealth. The primary motivation of nearly all narcotics traffickers operating above retail levels are the substantial financial gains. (The term retail levels generally means the daily quantities of drugs that a dealer would sell to a narcotics user.) The kicks, the frenzied lifestyle, and peer pressure all provide their own stimuli, but the promise of financial wealth Entrepreneurs ...