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This is an interesting perspective... 

There was a paper I recently read about secret society networks... about how secrecy is more important than efficiency in illegal & secret society networks. 
Maybe this could be true even of drug cartels, considering the similarity in its clandestine nature. 
In such networks, they say that degree is more significant as an indicator as compared to other centrality measures like betweenness or closeness. 

The paper is: The Social Organization of Conspiracy: Illegal Networks in the Heavy Electrical Equipment Industry
Authors; Wayne E. Baker & Robert R. Faulkner
Americal Sociological Review, Vol. 58, No. 6, 837-860

Maybe this could help.

Thank you,

Niranjan Janardhanan
Research Associate
Indian School of Business

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Rusty,

Here is an interesting article that may fir your student's needs...

Destroying drug cartels, the mathematical way http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628874.200-destroying-drug-cartels-the-mathematical-way.html

Valdis Krebs
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On Oct 11, 2012, at 3:17 PM, Christopher Tunnard wrote:

> ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Dear Colleagues,
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> I have a PhD student who's looking for information on the structure of drug trafficking groups, organized crime groups, and drug trafficker-insurgent networks, with a specific focus on Central and South America.
>  
> I know I've seen mention of this type of work on this list before, but I would appreciate any current articles or SNA projects that you might be able to recommend.
>  
> Many thanks,
> Rusty Tunnard
> Adjunct Assistant Professor
> The Fletcher School, Tufts University
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