The 'good', the 'bad' and the 'Charlie': The business of cocaine smuggling in Greece

Panos A. Kostakos, Georgios A. Antonopoulos

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This article examines the social organisation of cocaine smuggling in Greece. Emphasis is placed on the involvement of professionals from the shipping industry and actors from the 'upper society echelons' who play a pivotal role in the transportation and importation of cocaine to Western Europe and Greece. After considering empirical evidence from a variety of sources, our findings indicate that the cocaine market in Greece is 'organised' by a system of collaborative relationships between state, business and civil society actors. It is suggested that to better understand the nature of this illegal market, further research is required to take a closer look into the economic, socio-cultural and political incentives of these actors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-57
Number of pages24
JournalGlobal Crime
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


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