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Letizia Paoli, Victoria A. Greenfield, and Peter Reuter

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322996.001.0001

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India

India

Diversion from Licit Cultivation

Chapter:
(p.144) 7 India
Source:
The World Heroin Market
Author(s):

Letizia Paoli

Victoria A. Greenfield

Peter Reuter

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322996.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the heroin market in India. Despite the limited involvement of organized crime, the analysis suggests that India is not only the world's largest consumer of illicit opiates but, de facto, also one of the largest illicit opium producers. This chapter explains that in contrast to all other illicit producers, India owes its high opium production not to blatantly illicit cultivation but to diversion from licit cultivation. It discusses the four potential sources of agriculturally-derived illicit opiates in India and evaluates their relevance for opium and for heroin.

Keywords:   heroin market, India, illicit opiates, opium producers, licit cultivation

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