A New Agenda for Policing: Understanding the Heroin Trade in East Africa

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The increase in public attention of heroin trafficking into Africa has prompted an increased law enforcement response by East African states, particularly Kenya. However, there is a dearth of reliable, first-hand, and quantitative data on the heroin trade. Narcotics networks are highly flexible and evolve to evade law enforcement strategies. Understanding drug networks means that law enforcement officials need to be involved in continuous intelligence gathering and analysis to respond quickly to changes in trafficking practices.

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