CUST 49/4406; this
letter was written in response to a United Nations report in 1955
that a high proportion of British ships were involved in drug smuggling.
The writer points out that there were lots of cases involving British
ships because there were, at that time, lots of British ships. He
goes on to suggest what should be done.
Think about:drug smuggling today is a huge business. What was the
scale of the crime earlier in the century?
What reasons can you give from this source why drug summling to
Britain might be more common than to other countries?
Put some of the examples you have found
in this Case-Study of a key factor for change affecting crime in the
20th century in your Gallery Worksheet.