Using ships to transport illicit drugs is not new; nor is the practice of concealing them in shipping containers decreasing – or is it? This article questions whether recent container security initiatives created to stop terrorism have also achieved a decrease in the use of containers for smuggling illicit drugs. Or, are these maritime security regimes creating a false sense of achievement, being too limited in scope to be truly useful in this secondary role? Logically, improved detection of illicit drugs in containers shipped by sea is more likely when port personnel are better trained, x-ray scanners installed, port fencing improved and ofﬁcial collaboration encouraged. However, since the number of containers being electronically screened and physically searched has only marginally improved, the question is, is it enough?
Field of Research
160604 Defence Studies
Socio Economic Objective
810107 National Security
HERDC Research category
C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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