DEA hires truck driver to run drugs to trap dealers, screws up operation so bad they end up with dead informant, cops shooting each other, and innocent businessman on the brink of financial ruinTruck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting
By Dane Schiller
The phone rang before sunrise. It woke Craig Patty, owner of a tiny North Texas trucking company, to vexing news about Truck 793 - a big red semi supposedly getting repairs in Houston.
"Your driver was shot in your truck," said the caller, a business colleague. "Your truck was loaded with marijuana. He was shot eight times while sitting in the cab. Do you know anything about your driver hauling marijuana?"
"What did you say?" Patty recalled asking. "Could you please repeat that?"
The truck, it turned out, had been everywhere but in the repair shop.
Commandeered by one of his drivers, who was secretly working with federal agents, the truck had been hauling marijuana from the border as part of an undercover operation. And without Patty's knowledge, the Drug Enforcement Administration was paying his driver, Lawrence Chapa, to use the truck to bust traffickers.
At least 17 hours before that early morning phone call, Chapa was shot dead in front of more than a dozen law enforcement officers - all of them taken by surprise by hijackers trying to steal the red Kenworth T600 truck and its load of pot.
In the confusion of the attack in northwest Harris County, compounded by officers in the operation not all knowing each other, a Houston policeman shot and wounded a Harris County sheriff's deputy.
Latest Tyranny/Police State
- Video of Man's Police Interaction Exposes Vast Conspiracy -- This is Why You Always Film Police
- Cop Assaults Man for Filming Brutality, Stomps Phone to Destroy Evidence — Video Survived
- Cop Confronts Open Carry Activist for Engaging in Constitutional 'Crap,' 'Bullsh*t'
- Cops Promoted Despite Video of Them Severely Beating Peaceful Mentally Ill Man with Hands Up
- Senior Citizen Held at Gunpoint, Forced to Remove Clothes in Public, Jailed, for Driving Classic Car
- Baltimore Aims to Make Schools Even More Like Prisons with Armed Police Patrols
- This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories
- Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?
FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.