Preventing crime should be a top priority for law enforcement. A victim of crime would readily agree that never having been a victim at all is preferable to suffering at the hands of a criminal. Even if the criminal is later caught and punished, a victim remains a victim. Despite this simple truth, current drug policy does not place a top priority preventing the laundering of drug-tainted money. As a result, the United States remains a victim in the War on Drugs.' As will be discussed, the crime of money laundering can be prevented in many instances by prosecuting banks that fail to keep drug-tainted money out of the financial system.
Breaking Free From Insanity: A White-Collar Crime Approach To Drug War Policy,
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