NM Police Department Has Been Making Crack Cocaine, Arresting Those Who Buy It


The Albuquerque Police Department has been making crack cocaine and selling it, then arresting their buyers for possession, leaked court documents say.



Reverse buy-bust, as operations where undercover cops sell drugs and then arrest the buyers are known, became a commonplace tactic as part of the War on Drugs. While this sort of entrapment is legal, Albuquerque police have gone farther - according to a February 25th, 2016 affidavit, "powdered cocaine may be taken to APD's Criminalistics Unit to be made into crack cocaine."





Albuquerque police have now been making crack cocaine, pictured here, for nearly a year. While the affidavit (read the entire document here) places limits on the drugs cops can carry - "up to but not to exceed eight (8) ounces of cocaine base (commonly referred to as crack), up to but not to exceed eight (8) ounces of cocaine, up to but not to exceed eight (8) ounces of heroin, and up to but not to exceed eight (8) ounces of Methamphetamine" - putting drugs on the street in order to target street (translation: homeless or impoverished) drug users seems rather misguided.

As Pete Dinelli (former Chief Deputy District Attorney and former Chief Public Safety Officer for Albuquerque) notes, these stings are irresponsible. “It’s downright dangerous to be using drugs seized in other drug busts because of chain-of-custody issues and the risk associated with not being able to track what happens,” said Dinelli. “The city could also be exposed to liability for using tainted drugs that they lose track of. This is a very poor law enforcement practice.”

While the operation was originally scheduled to end in December 2016, Albuquerque police have the option to continue the operation if they deem it successful - success here defined by number of arrests. If these are your police, say something - you deserve better in your community.





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