Teaching Case - Closing the Market: Controlling the Drug Trade in Tampa, Florida

Closing the Market: Controlling the Drug Trade in Tampa, Florida


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    The advent of "crack" cocaine in the mid-1980s hit Tampa, Florida like other American cities: hard. Among the crack-related phenomena which arose was that of the open-air drug market, outdoor gatherings of bold and violent drug dealers who seemed beyond the reach of law enforcement. Yet by 1991, such open-air drug dealing was largely a thing of the past in Tampa. This case tells the story of a series of innovative steps by Tampa police which they called QUAD: Quick Uniform Attack on Drugs. QUAD sought not to arrest and incarcerate drug dealers but, rather, to restore public order by undermining the conditions which made drug dealing possible. The case is of special use to those interested in community policing techniques.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1991
    HKS Case Number: 1223.0
    Case Author: David Kennedy
    Faculty Lead: David Kennedy
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 20
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: National Institute of Justice
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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