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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ILLEGAL DRUG MARKETS IN EUROPEAN UNION

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Author(s): Irina CAUNIC | Gabriela PRELIPCEAN

Journal: Annals of the Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava : Fascicle of the Faculty of Economics and Public Administration
ISSN 2066-575X

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2(14);
Start page: 56;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: illegal markets | drug trafficking | profit | cocaine | heroin | synthetic drugs.

ABSTRACT
Considering the illegal markets in the European Union member states, the valences of drug trafficking get moreand more worrisome, both of the proliferation level, and the size of the financial transactions, the European marketsbeing the most profitable in terms of heroin and cocaine consumption. The article focuses on the analysis of thetheoretical aspects concerning the EU illegal drug markets, for identifying and understanding their peculiarities. In thiscontext, we will emphasize the characteristics and dynamics of these markets, their national and european economicmechanisms, the profits made by organized crime networks and also, the impact of these activities on the formaleconomy.
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