Maurits Beltgens


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Maurits is a PhD Candidate in the School of Criminology and a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the University of Leicester’s INTREPID Forensics programme. His current research focuses on the availability and use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS). Prior to joining the University of Leicester Maurits conducted research as part of a number of EU funded research/consultancy projects on topics including organised crime, corruption and border security. Prior to this he gained experience at two EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies (Frontex and Eurojust) where he worked on a number of cross-border organised crime investigations and conducted research on document fraud and border security technologies. Before beginning his PhD studies at the University of Leicester, Maurits obtained a BSc in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in the United States and PG Dip in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at University College London.

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The rise in popularity of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), more commonly known as legal highs, has coincided with a rise the number of retailers supplying them. With the impending UK blanket ban on NPS fast approaching it is important to get a clear idea of how these businesses operate prior to the ban in order to better understand how the ban will impact the market. A mixed methods approach will be used to gain a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of the legal high market.

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