Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

In the criminal justice context, interdiction refers to stopping or preventing criminal activity, particularly the trafficking of illegal drugs, weapons, or other contraband. Interdiction can involve a range of strategies, such as surveillance, intelligence gathering, and physical searches of vehicles, vessels, or persons.

Interdiction efforts are often aimed at disrupting criminal supply chains and networks by identifying and intercepting illegal goods before they can be distributed or sold. This can involve cooperation between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and international partnerships to prevent the movement of illegal goods across borders.

Interdiction efforts can occur at various points in the criminal process, from the initial acquisition and transportation of illegal goods to their distribution and sale. For example, drug interdiction efforts may involve stopping shipments of illegal drugs at ports of entry or surveilling known drug trafficking organizations.

Interdiction can be challenging and complex, as criminal organizations often go to great lengths to conceal their activities and evade law enforcement efforts. Effective interdiction strategies require a combination of intelligence gathering, technological tools, and skilled law enforcement personnel who can detect and disrupt criminal activity while minimizing harm to innocent individuals.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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