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.”