Organized crime has long history in St. John’s, experts say

Garrett Barry
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Groups meet consumer demand, and won’t likely be eradicated: professor


Organized Crime has had a presence in Newfoundland for a long time, now it’s changing, says Albert Jones, a historian and crime professor at Memorial University.

Jones says drug smuggling rings have had a notable presence on the island since at least the 1970s, and possibly before.

“Wherever you go, you’re going to find organized crime,” he says. “They go for markets.”

But Jones says that now, particularly over the last two to three years, it looks like the market is shifting.

“It seems that recently, the real money is in cocaine, in ecstasy and, perhaps — and I hope not — designer drugs,” he says.

Jones says that usually, organized crime groups in Newfoundland are small, dealing mostly with local markets. While he says police estimate there could be 100 groups, they consider an organization to be three or more people.

“That’s usually what we see here, but what’s happening now, nobody knows. It seems to be a very fluid situation. It could be competition.”



Geographic location: Newfoundland, Fort McMurray

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Recent comments

  • carogers
    June 18, 2013 - 19:49

    I don't consider three people to be a gang of organized crime. Seems that's just criminals taking advantage of working together, many hands make light work carrying out the loot.

  • david
    June 18, 2013 - 14:07

    I'd go so far as to say that crime is lot more organized than anything else in St. John's. At the same time, one should be careful not to construe this as much of a compliment.

  • Little help
    June 18, 2013 - 13:39

    This story offers very little. The main outrage the past few weeks is the presence of outlaw biker gangs and that there may be turf wars going on in our city. Its common knowledge that two or more people involved in planned criminal activity is organized crime. We don't need professors telling us what we already know. We need help in how to get rid of organized crime. The gang related crime.