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Article posted Feb 16 2012, 11:59 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: AlterNet Print

How an Attractive, Undercover Cop Posed as a Student -- Then Entrapped a Smitten Teen to "Sell" Her Marijuana

After spending weeks sharing stories about his life, texting and flirting, one 18-year-old honor student fell in love with the cop who busted him.
By Tony Newman


Working at the Drug Policy Alliance for the last twelve years I have read and heard countless stories of people having their lives ruined because of our country's cruel war on drugs. Last weekend, the nationally syndicated show This American Life highlighted a story that is so insane, you don't know whether to laugh or puke.

Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other.

One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot. Even though he didn't smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn't want the money -- he got it for her as a present.

A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students -- including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.

This story is not unique to Florida and it reminds me of an 18-year-old Mitchell Lawrence, a young man from Great Barrington, Mass., who served two years in jail for selling a joint to an undercover cop. The officer befriended Lawrence and his friends and would hang out with them. One day the cop asked if Lawrence had any weed. Lawrence gave the cop a joint. The cop handed him $20. Lawrence hesitated, but the cop insisted on giving him the money. "Selling" the joint, because they were hanging out less than a 1000 feet from a school, and thus was considered a "drug free school zone," carried a mandatory minimum two-year sentence.

The drug war is sick. How much money was wasted by our law enforcement to get these few bags of marijuana "off the streets"? How do these cops look themselves in the mirror? Seducing 18-year-olds to fall in love or pretending to be friends and then tricking them into procuring small amounts of marijuana so they can charge them with felonies is beyond slimy and diametrically opposed to the officers' charge to "serve and protect."

We often hear that we need to fight the drug war to protect the kids. As these despicable examples show, more often the drug war is ruining young people's lives and doing more harm than good.
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Tony Newman is communications director for the Drug Policy Alliance.





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humanalarmclock

Posted: Feb 17 2012, 10:28 AM

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24247 Proof that the war on drugs is immoral and evil.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 17 2012, 12:37 PM

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98174 this is what we are paying these assholes to do - reality check
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 17 2012, 12:52 PM

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67171 The corporate-owned prison industrial complex pays a lot of money for lobbyists to ensure the drug laws are severe and strict in the US. They profit from these laws.

If you don't do anything wrong, and follow the law, you will have nothing to worry about.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 17 2012, 8:25 PM

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184239 To the person stating "don't do anything wrong and you won't have anything to worry about". You are just another blind American citizen that will sit by and let Americans be stripped of all of our rights! I have a question for you what about citizens that follow state law and grow, use, and distribute marijuana legally by their state law then are thrown in prison by the Federal government? See your method don't work as well as you may think. Bottom line is we need to relax on the drugs and concentrate on getting our act together as a country. We are in way too deep with our countrys debt to be throwing money away on putting people in prison for a little bag if pot. I think we should have a more relaxed laws on any substance that is naturally grown and used by people for example marijuana, mushrooms, etc not only would you see a dramatic decrease in users of non natural drugs such as meth you would free up money to have more assistance for rehab, counseling, etc. Fact is if people are going to use people are going to use plain and simple, you can even take it away they will find another way.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 19 2012, 8:20 AM

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50104 NOTE TO SHEOPLE: Cops can lie, cheat, steal and even murder and its OK as long as they get their man.

No, really, thats not an inflamed statement, just fact.

The United States Federal Corporation has become an evil beast. It is sick and dying but in its death throws is all kinds of destruction. State out of its way.

War on drugs, ha! Its a war for money or war for support or war for control. Call it what it is.

Governments lie and the United States Federal Corporation is the biggest and the best at it.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 20 2012, 5:46 PM

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99192 the American gov't cant stand when one buys drugs that they did not supply, it's crazy because they still make a killing on the incarcerating these EXTREMELY HARDEND CRIMINALS,. still waiting patirntly, but only for so long
Hoe Zay

Posted: Feb 22 2012, 5:02 PM

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201191 The whole world with thank God once the US is enveloped in fire.
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