Newsbrief: Informant Nailed for Fake Ecstasy Scam 3/21/03

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Sometimes you just have to feel bad for the DEA. Even their paid snitches do 'em wrong. It happened last July to the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) narcs, and now the snitch in question will be spending a few months in federal prison.

"Confidential informant" A 19-year old in Michigan was found guilty of conspiring to defraud the government of $6,000 in an undercover drug buy and was sentenced last week to three months in federal prison, two years of probation, and a $2,500 fine. While working with HIDTA, the individual joined with an older friend in a scheme to peddle Primatene pills as ecstasy tablets to undercover narcs in a drug buy they assumed was a preliminary, or "walk up," to the deal that would lead to a bust. Oops. The HIDTA narcs actually tested their dope, and the two went to jail.

At sentencing last week, he apologized to the judge, saying he "got caught up in the moment of making money." Local newspaper accounts did not reveal why he was working for the local HIDTA, but people typically become informants after being arrested themselves and threatened with decades in prison if they don't cough up others. Maybe his heart wasn't really in his work.

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