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 Drug profits appear low to support so much deadly crime.

"Chicago's West Side overrun by drug markets"

"The shopping list, according to police affidavits, includes sawbucks, which is $10 dollars, "rocks" of crack cocaine, sold $14 to the pack, or "nickel blows" of heroin for $5 dollars apiece. Street dealers typically earn $20 or $30 dollars for every $100 dollars they turn over to their bosses."

There have been attempts to figure out economic solutions.

Here is an early paper that tries to put numbers to the trade: "a systematic miscalculation of risk" 

"This paper provides the first detailed analysis of the financial activities of an entrepreneurial street gang."


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