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Prohibition Doesn't Stop Houston Residents from Obtaining Drugs

The following adaptation is based on an article by James Pinkerton, (Police suspect accused Harris deputy protected drug dealers, Dec 17, 2010, Houston Chronicle), and is part of a demonstration project on drug policy conducted by the publication Drug War Chronicle.
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Harris County, Texas

 

In a suspected case of prohibition-related police corruption, a veteran Harris County deputy was busted by Houston police in an undercover narcotics investigation, the Houston Chronicle reported earlier this month.

Richard Bryan Nutt Jr., 43, a deputy assigned to the county jail, was busted by prohibition agents as part of an undercover narcotics investigation. Sources told the Chronicle he is suspected of accepting payments to protect drug dealers and their product. Three other area men were arrested in the investigation as well.

Investigation results also suggest that Houston-area residents are largely able to obey or disobey prohibition laws as they see fit, apparently including jail inmates. The operation recovered a whopping two kilograms of cocaine, or 4 1/2 pounds, according to the Chronicle.

Nutt's defense attorney, Mark Thering, told the Chronicle that his client is "not a drug dealer."

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