Police Use Newspaper Ads to Recruit Snitches

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Apparently, there aren’t enough unsolved crimes to keep Albuquerque police busy:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Albuquerque Police Department has turned to the want ads for snitches.

An ad this week in the alternative newspaper The Alibi asks "people who hang out with crooks" to do part-time work for the police.

It reads in part: "Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK." [MSNBC]

Does this sound at all like something that’s going to make Albuquerque a better place? It’s absurd on its face, a completely sick feeding frenzy mentality that goes a long way towards explaining how we’ve become the world’s leading jailer. The very fact that police are actively seeking sketchy people to rat out other sketchy people shows you exactly how useless and cyclical much of our criminal law-enforcement activity has become.

Worse yet, this is exactly how you incentivize bad people to create bad situations. This is how innocent people’s addresses end up on drug warrants, only to have their doors smashed in, their dogs shot, and their peaceful lives forever tarnished by the long, infinitely clumsy arm of the law. This is how police become detached from morality, collaborating with criminals to create crime.

If there is such a thing as "sending the wrong message" in the war on drugs, it isn’t marijuana reform, it’s police offering people money to take drugs and commit crimes.
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Sounds like it's time to start a disinformation campaign - and get PAID for it!!! Yeehaw!!!

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I'm sure Albuquerque PD has a "don't ask, don't tell" policy if a drug dealer and wants to work with them to get rid of their competitors. The narcs get their media photo-op with bundles of drugs and a payoff from the dealer for doing such a good job cleaning up the competition. A win-win situation for all the special interest groups.

Could We?

I wonder what they'd do if someone called and said they bought some blow from some cops?

There are a lot of drugs, cash, homes, cars and boats to seize

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Well at least some of these narcs will get some extra spending cash from the Albuquerque PD which they can just pump back into the demand side of the drug war. It sounds like these cops are too lazy to go out and find their own snitches on the streets. But there are a lot of drugs, cash, homes, cars and boats to be seized out there, so it must be extremely cost effective.
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Very Classy

"WANTED People that hang out with crooks to do part-time work for the Albuquerque Police Dept. Make some extra cash! Drug use OK. Criminal Record? Not a problem. Must be willing to work odd hours. Give us a call and we can work out the details. CONFIDENTIALITY GUARANTEED!!! Leave a message with a Good phone number and your call will be returned. (505) 875-3545"

Been there, Done that!!!!

Our local police used this method of recruiting snitches about two years ago! This is a small town of about 18,000, within a week more then 50 people applied!! And it was very effective for them!!

Very quickly got to the point where it was better to visit friends out of town because it got to the point you couldn't trust anyone!

No surprise

They just don't care who they use, the mentally ill, drug users, and alcoholics, crooks, liars, and thieves. They should think about the local missions, these people are less fortunate and could use the money to get back on their feet.

The truth has nothing ot do with it anyway, so why not.

see you there...

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Wow! Interesting post ! A

Wow! Interesting post ! A nice way to recruit snitches :)

Joseph Walker

who are you?

I clicked your name and found myself at some sight with no Joseph Walker.I was just curious as to where you are coming from.All the police have to do is threaten people with prison and they find all the rats they need and more.

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Clifford Olsen

In case you in America don't remember Clifford,he was a serial killer that was allowed to get away with what he did for as long as he did because he was a mountie snitch.I know for a fact that he worked with at least two other police informants during his killing spree and they were never caught(charged).We have had many upper level drug dealers working actively for the drug squad and busting people they were selling drugs to.The police supplied the dope,of course.I was phoned in prison and offered a supply of heroin upon my release,which was imminent,by a guy I was celled next to for four years.He was also working for the cops.When upper level dealers are allowed to traffic drugs for a period of time as long as they set up lower level dealers the system has gone mad.When people about to be released are tempted with an offer of a large supply of narcotics to get them going,it's worse than corrupt.I have never sold drugs to a police informant or undercover but I would have been a sitting duck for this guy.He was well known and a long time mid level trafficker.These are usually people that have done time time and again but are in their later years and facing the rest of their lives in prison.They fold when offered protection and a new life for working for the police.The simple fact is that they are far worse criminals than those they turn in.They all go to countries with legal heroin programs and live their lives out as addicts with a permanent supply.This is drug war justice.Clifford Olsen was finally busted after killing more than a dozen very young people.At least one of his accomplices is still dealing heroin locally,or was 10 years ago when I last heard his name mentioned.The older cons that dealt for the police were allowed to keep whatever money they made while providing grist for the drug war mill.They also shot all the heroin their guilty consciences needed to get by courtesy of the Vancouver drug squad.

This is crap

This is so stupid... why do they have to make it so hard to be a weed smoker? It sometimes seriously makes me wonder do legal buds work.

how much is the pay?

Sign me up... Chris

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