Sheriff Will Pay You $100 to Wear a Wire and Ask People to Sell You Drugs

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Stupid silver-bullet strategies to win the war on drugs are as common as the reckless zealots who dream them up, but rarely does one find an example so deeply absurd and irresponsible as this.

Sheriff Price believes there are still many dealers on the streets. He is now asking for the public's help to catch them.

"Basically what we need from the public to help combat this, is we need some informants. Without community involvement, there is no way we can combat these drugs. We have to have community involvement," said Sheriff Price.

The sheriff will pay people up to $100 to tell him who is dealing drugs and then possibly help with undercover work.

"If you know someone that sells drugs and you feel like you can put a stop to it by wearing a wire, at least come in. It doesn't cost you anything to come in and talk to us and we'll explain the process to you," said Sheriff Price.  [WKYT.com]

It’s fun and easy! Just use common sense. If someone tries to blow your head off, duck. If they set your house on fire, stop, drop and roll. After all, if teams of highly-trained, heavily-armed narco-cops can pull off these kinds of operations, what's your excuse? Certainly, you aren't afraid of a few ill-tempered drug dealers.

"Don't let people scare you. A lot of people are afraid they will get burnt out or beat up. I've done this for 25 years and got nobody hurt yet," said Sheriff Price.

Really, one can scarcely find words to describe the sickening irony of police suddenly claiming that drug enforcement is so safe a civilian could do it. 

Frightened police officers routinely panic and unload their weapons on innocent people and pets when entering the homes of drug suspects. When that happens, we're reminded by them that this work is dangerous, that drug dealers are bloodthirsty killers, and that it's necessary we arm our police to the teeth and forgive any fatal errors they may make with their machine guns, because failing to do so could result police being shot at or bitten by dogs when they smash down people's doors looking for drugs.

Meanwhile, police want to pay random people $100 each to approach these same deadly criminals with no training or protective gear? The whole thing just makes a mockery of everything police ever said about the dangers of drug enforcement, and yet it does so for the purpose of persuading naive people to do something that really is incredibly risky. Drug informants are routinely identified and targeted for harassment and even death. The murder of Rachel Hoffman, who was arrested for marijuana and agreed to wear a wire, is a well-known example, but Google finds many more

The whole idea is just idiotic on its face, and in ways that I would have thought obvious. The drug war isn't some action comedy on afternoon cable, and when you start screwing around with slippery BS like this, anything and everything could go horribly wrong. The fact that the war on drugs creates a temptation to enforce the law this way is a good example of why we'd be better off without it.

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Doing it

I think this is great ! I hope that they are taking the upmost precautions in safety such as separate states or shipping in informants from different cities, counties, states and so forth.

HAH!

You so funny ><

and what tipped you off to thinking they care about the welfare of the informants?

Moron

If you think this is a good idea then maybe you should put your life at risk. There are a lot more tragedies then marijuana to worry about, such as famine, murder, disease, METH!!! You are uneducated and shouldnt be allowed to comment.

Sound like Harrison county MS

I didn't see where this story is from but it sounds like what the Prices of Harrison county MS would do. I am glad that y'all mentioned Rahcel Hoffman in your story because this is no game when you are messing with someones lively hood. This idiot is going to get some people killed!!!

Embarrassment

Yep, sure sounds like the cops have a real tough job if any junkie narc can do it. What the hell do we need the police for? Just start hiring desperate losers to do it at a fraction of the cost!!

Really?

Sounds like another way to get innocent people killed. It's common knowledge that nobody likes a snitch. While I'll always remain pro-marijuana, my opinion is not biased by the fact that I smoke it/buy it.

 

It also sounds like the police can't do what our tax money pays for. I just find it pathetic that they're going to put innocent lives at stake to fight a neverending war. Then again, anyone who is stupid enough to "work" with law enforcement needs two in the dome piece from a drug lord. Maybe this will turn out to be a snitch genocide.

Embarrassment

Yep, sounds like the cops have a real tough job if any junkie narc can do it. Save us some money, just hire the desperate losers to do it at a fraction of the cost!

Really?

Sounds like another way to get innocent people killed. It's common knowledge that nobody likes a snitch. While I'll always remain pro-marijuana, my opinion is not biased by the fact that I smoke it/buy it.

 

Sounds like the police can't do what our tax money pays for. I just find it pathetic that they're going to put innocent lives at stake to fight a neverending war. Then again, anyone who is stupid enough to "work" with law enforcement needs two in the dome piece from a drug lord. Maybe this will turn out to be a snitch genocide.

Stupid

If they're only paying $100 what makes you think they will fly you in from out of state to do this? Better yet as an "informant" what drug dealers do you know in a state you don't live in? I won't even go on about the risk for the person wearing the wire. This is the drug war, useless and outdated.

Stupid

If they're only paying $100 what makes you think they will fly you in from out of state to do this? Better yet as an "informant" what drug dealers do you know in a state you don't live in? I won't even go on about the risk for the person wearing the wire. This is the drug war, useless and outdated.

If busting drug dealers is

If busting drug dealers is safe enough that a citizen could do it, why are we wasting tax dollars busting them at all? Clearly they pose zero risk to the public, otherwise they wouldnt encourage this behavior.

If you are going to write an

If you are going to write an article like this you may want to let your readers know where this is taking place idiot. Duh...

Somewhere... some

Somewhere... some sheriff.... unreal... every one's a journalist.

this is such a crazy story

this is such a crazy story you would think the article would be better written... this writer has barely given us any information here (not even where this is happening). please give us all the info before you just start posting up articles otherwise it just sounds like propaganda.

NOT cool

C'mon people don't you think it's a little silly that ALL drug dealers are still being profiled as dangerous BAD people.  They're just people trying to grind like the majority of the population. So these people are bad?  Because they help people deal with stress and other problems? Get real people think about it, a pharmacist sells drugs all the time, and even a liquor store clerk and anyone else that serves beer is giving people what?  Very good class... A way to deal with life and all this world's silly little problems. Do you consider those people bad and dangerous?  The only difference is the "drug dealers" are giving people drugs that the government doesn't "agree" with.

propaganda or fact?

this is such a crazy story you would think the article would be better written... this writer has barely given us any information here (not even where this is happening). please give us all the info before you just start posting up articles otherwise it just sounds like propaganda.

Nothing like a Sheriff who

Nothing like a Sheriff who wants to protect the people in his county.  So who is responsible when the county is sued for an informant being seriously injured or worse?  The Sheriff?  No the people who pay taxes to the County that's who.  This is incompetence and arrogance all rolled into stupidity.  When I saw the headline I thought it was that sheriff in Arizona that does anything for attention.

Civilians paid to go undercover

As soon as pot is decrimmed, police won't be able to force arrested kids to go undercover by threatening them with a felony record. Then the only way for police to arrest others would be (1) Hire u/c agents to entrap and testify, (2) Lie under oath, or (3) Combo of (1) and (2), or (4) Do it themselves. Well, (4) ain't gonna happen because it's dangerous work. 

A drug dealer to a cop can be

A drug dealer to a cop can be a guy with half a gram no bags and no scale....

For those of you who are

For those of you who are curious (and lobbing insults), a quick Google search revealed this article is about Johnson County in Paintsville, Kentucky.

omfg...

Drug dealers... what about the drug dealers we call pharmacists? they also peddle schedule I controlled substances (meth, heroine and cocaine), but in pill form that any doctor can prescribe if your conditions warrant it (in their opinion, because in other opinions, cannabis works better and is far healthier) and they even prescribe to children!! what a warped-ass society we live in.

Mistake

Sorry, bro, but you got it mixed up. Cocaine and Meth are actually Schedule II, meaning they have medical uses but are highly addictive.  Heroin (not Heroine) is Schedule I, no medical use, highly addictive. 

Seems strange that in Britain they use heroin as a part of a 'drug cocktail' given in extreme cases of pain where the patient is terminal, but here in the USA it's considered to have no medical use.

Nothing New

This has been going on forever and it does work. I agree with the fact that it may put innocent people at risk, but aren't they already at risk? Drug dealers who control our neighborhoods and look cool to our youths need to be stopped and these police officers are trying to protect us with this reverse sting operation. I was an addict for most of my life and I know first hand what kind of problems drugs cause. So I'm all for it, where do I sign up???  

Uh... yeaahhhh... settle down there ex-crackhead

When you immediately associate yourself as a "drug addict gone drug warrior" you look like a fool. Maybe it wasn't the drugs fault in the first place... maybe... just maybe... it was your fault? IT'S NEVER THE HUMANS FAULT THOUGH! I forgot!

Law enforcement is suppose to follow the constition

Some police killings are properly described as tragic accidents. This was no accident. The police may have been acting in self-defense at the moment they fired their weapons, but they put themselves in that situation—with no justification whatever. The cops flouted the Constitution. They endangered innocent people. And their Rambo raid accomplished nothing.


The raid was a flagrant violation of the Fourth Amendment's Warrant Clause, which requires that police officers apply for an arrest or search warrant from a judicial magistrate. As the Supreme Court has explained, "The Fourth Amendment has interposed a magistrate between the citizen and police. It was done so that an objective mind might weigh the need to invade privacy in order to enforce the law."

Had the task force followed constitutional procedure, Oregon would doubtless be alive today. That's because any competent magistrate would have told the police that the uncorroborated, self-serving statement of a drunken arrestee who is already on probation for a previous offense falls well short of the evidence required for the issuance of a warrant. A few hours of investigation would have shown that the informer was a liar and that Oregon was innocent.

The decision to take an illegal shortcut around the warrant application process was bad enough, but the police proceeded to execute a reckless raid. Barging into someone's home in the middle of the night is an extraordinary police action that can be justified only under extraordinary circumstances. The startling and frightening sounds of a forced entry during the night would lead most Americans to believe they were in imminent danger from a predator. If a person in such circumstances has a gun, who in the world can blame him for using it to protect himself?



The police forced a confrontation with Oregon when it was totally unnecessary. Community outrage over the incident led the Houston Police Department to discharge the officers involved for misconduct. And Janet Reno has now asked the FBI to investigate. That's not enough. Oregon's death is not some tragic fluke. The endless escalations of the "drug war" have led to the militarization of police tactics and the dilution of constitutional safeguards. For the sake of Oregon and all of the other innocent casualties of this war, it's time to reassess the awful toll it is taking on our society. Dangerous as drugs may be to those who use them, that danger pales in comparison with the dangers of a police state. Yet little by little, that is what the War on Drugs is giving us. — Timothy Lynch, Cato Institute, 30 November 1998

This is only one of the manny examples of how wrong this is.

I Will Pay Sheriff Price $100 to Jump Off a Steep Cliff

No parachute.

It’s a good thing for Johnson County Sheriff Price that the public is weighing in on his drug enforcement vigilante scheme, which is essentially a lawsuit waiting to happen.

No one may yet have been hurt being Sheriff Price’s amateur drug sleuth, but it only takes one time, and then Johnson County and the State of Kentucky is going to be out millions of dollars in legal fees and damage awards. 

Given the retrogressive character of Kentucky’s pathologically harsh drug laws, it would almost be worth it to see it happen.

Giordano

The reason they want to go

The reason they want to go after the tokers is because they are easier to deal with, rather than someone on Meth, Coke, or heroin. While stoned you are lucky if you could find your feet let alone something to munch on to curb your munchies. Being an US citizen, with little to no training, would you wanna deal with someone who thinks that they are superman or have to worry about the person that "sees" spiders/snakes crawling on them?  "They" believe if they catch someone with cannabis, then that person will have other connections to the harder drugs and when "they" think your not be honest "they" just throw you under the jail, not in it. HOW ABSURD!!!  Just because REEFER MADNESS said it's a gateway drug doesn't completely paint the picture in the right manner. The gov also said that AREA 51 doesn't exsist for how many years?  QUESTION EVERYTHING, that is also part of being an US CITIZEN!!!!

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