International criminal organizations create complex, decentralized networking structures. The fight against them is extremely complicated by a significant number of hidden links and agile processes of adjustment as a response to external influences. An example is the criminal network of cannabis trafficking in the Netherlands.
We can optimize the strategy of such networks disruption using the principle of minimal impact on the individual participants (by their isolation, or temporary exclusion from the process) with maximizing damage to the well-coordinated functioning of the criminal community as a whole. The method of optimization is based on the representation of the network of criminal relations with a predetermined topology, reflecting the production process (the cultivation of cannabis, product preparation, packaging, transport, and distribution). The strategy of disruption focuses on the limitation of fast network recovery capabilities (to find new suppliers, markets and so on.) so that delays at certain stages of the production process force some participants to leave this structure.
The Relative Ineffectiveness of Criminal Network Disruption // Scientific Reports. — 2014. — Vol. 4. Article number 4238.