Vice Squad
Friday, January 09, 2004
Neighborhood Destroyed By War on Drugs...

...and not in the usual way either, where prohibition confers a comparative advantage on poor neighborhoods to host open-air drug markets. No, this neighborhood's demise comes from a sting operation, in which police set up an informant in a home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, so they could videotape his purchases of drugs from folks who came by. It's always pleasant when the police encourage drug transactions on your street, no? Alas, it appears that the informant was actually selling drugs, not buying them, but, well, sometimes things don't go according to plan. At least the informant was well-compensated, with money from the same federal program that brought us the Tulia, Texas fiasco/tragedy. Those with strong stomachs can read the details in this fine article from City (Twin Cities, Minnesota). Thanks to TalkLeft for the pointer.

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