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The Heraldry of Heroin: “Dope Stamps” and the Dynamics of Drug Markets in New York City

The Heraldry of Heroin: “Dope Stamps” and the Dynamics of Drug Markets in New York City JOURNAL OF DRUG ISSUES 30(2), 225-260, 2000 THE HERALDRV OF HEROIN: "DOPE STAMPS" AND THE DVNAMICS OF DRUG MARKETS IN NEW YORKelTV -TRAVIS WENDEL, RIC CURTIS We make the finest packages in the world ... But the stuff inside is mostly junk. Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye INTRODUCTION In a form of marketing of illicit drugs that began in New York City, heroin has been sold by brand name since the early 1970s. Other drugs have seldom been sold by brand. either in New York or elsewhere, nor is heroin generally sold in this way in other markets outside the city, except in areas where pre-bagged heroin has been brought from New York I or where the practice of selling branded heroin has diffused from its New York origins. By the 1980s, virtually all heroin available in retail drug markets in New York was sold by brand name. The practice of selling branded heroin appears to be fading out in the 1990s in some neighborhoods. The rise and subsequent gradual decline of this form of marketing reveals much about the dynamics of illicit drug ma:kets. The brands are generally referred to on the street as "stamps" because they are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Drug Issues SAGE

The Heraldry of Heroin: “Dope Stamps” and the Dynamics of Drug Markets in New York City

Journal of Drug Issues , Volume 30 (2): 35 – Apr 1, 2000

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SAGE
Copyright
© 2000 Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
ISSN
0022-0426
eISSN
1945-1369
DOI
10.1177/002204260003000201
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JOURNAL OF DRUG ISSUES 30(2), 225-260, 2000 THE HERALDRV OF HEROIN: "DOPE STAMPS" AND THE DVNAMICS OF DRUG MARKETS IN NEW YORKelTV -TRAVIS WENDEL, RIC CURTIS We make the finest packages in the world ... But the stuff inside is mostly junk. Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye INTRODUCTION In a form of marketing of illicit drugs that began in New York City, heroin has been sold by brand name since the early 1970s. Other drugs have seldom been sold by brand. either in New York or elsewhere, nor is heroin generally sold in this way in other markets outside the city, except in areas where pre-bagged heroin has been brought from New York I or where the practice of selling branded heroin has diffused from its New York origins. By the 1980s, virtually all heroin available in retail drug markets in New York was sold by brand name. The practice of selling branded heroin appears to be fading out in the 1990s in some neighborhoods. The rise and subsequent gradual decline of this form of marketing reveals much about the dynamics of illicit drug ma:kets. The brands are generally referred to on the street as "stamps" because they are

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Published: Apr 1, 2000

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