There is a tendency among government authorities and the mass media to ignore or minimize the struc­tural complicity of some police groups and business sectors with street crime, in general, and with drugs in particular. The reality of this connection is generally acknowledged by criminologists, but individual cases are always presented to the public as isolated instances of rotten apples, and not as ex­amples of a systemic reality.

Regrettably, the mass media prefers exploiting scandals over exposing structural realities such as hidden links between crime and some institutions of the State and the economy. It is widely known, however, that the ubiquity of drugs on the street would not be pos­sible without the protection of certain authorities and financial sectors, particularly when we consider the enormous scale of the current illegal drug market.

From Editorial`s Staff

Author: Proyectos FPH
Published: January 22, 2008.

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