Undercover cops posing as drug buyers battle & arrest undercover cops posing as drug dealers

❝ In what is being referred to as “probably the most embarrassing things seen in the department” an undercover unit disguised as drug dealers in Detroit were mistaken by another group of officers to be actual drug dealers during a raid…

❝ Detroit chief of police James Craig made the comment about an incident that took place in which body cam footage has been recently released. Detroit’s 12th precinct on the east side sent in two undercover officers as drug dealers for some “buy and busts.” The buyers approached what they thought was a drug den, but was actually controlled by undercover police from Detroit’s 11th district.

What followed was a potentially deadly comedy of errors.

Think any medals will be handed out?

Dumb cop crook of the day

What are the chances of two men who say they were carrying a large amount of cash and transporting marijuana being pulled over twice by police on the same day on interstate highways in New Mexico…?

At the I-40 stop by a State Police officer, the men in the green 1995 Nissan sedan with Arizona plates claimed have to been hauling marijuana purchased legally in Colorado. They said they’d already been stopped a few hours earlier by another officer, hundreds of miles northeast, on Interstate 25 near the New Mexico/Colorado border.

That officer, they said, confiscated their marijuana and seized more than $10,000 from them without giving them a receipt or issuing a citation. But he did give them “$600 back in order to pay for their travel expenses on their way back to Arizona,” says an FBI statement filed in federal court.

The two men described the officer who took their pot and money as driving a “new, white Ford Explorer with blue writing on the side” and that the officer “had mentioned something about a DEA (federal Drug Enforcement Administration) investigation…”

After that, the FBI and State Police started an undercover investigation…Vidal Sandoval, of Cimarron, was arrested without incident on March 13 at the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office in Raton by FBI agents and State Police officers. His charge, previously reported as aiding and abetting a drug trafficking crime, is actually attempt to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, online court records show…

On Dec. 15, two undercover agents from the FBI and State Police, respectively, drove around Cimarron where Sandoval was known to patrol. Their undercover vehicle contained “a hidden compartment in the rear of the vehicle under carpeting and outfitted with several air fresheners, which are commonly used to mask the smell of narcotics, and a digital scale of the type often used to weigh narcotics.”

The agents had $8,000 cash with them and, at about 4:40 p.m., Sandoval pulled the agents over for speeding on N.M. 64. The threesome conversed mainly in Spanish, and Sandoval searched the car and found the hidden compartment. One of the agents was placed in the back seat of Sandoval’s patrol car while Sandoval made a phone call.

During the call, Sandoval told the other party that county dispatch did not know that he was out on a traffic stop, according to the FBI’s affidavit, and then asked the other party to pretend that he was a DEA agent.

Sandoval handed the phone to the undercover agent who, via the phone’s caller ID function, identified the caller as a former police chief in northeast New Mexico, named in the court documents but whom the Albuquerque Journal is not identifying in this article because the ex-chief has not been charged…That person told the undercover officer on the cell phone he was with the DEA.

Sandoval made another call to the same person and again handed the phone to the undercover agent, who was told by the “DEA agent” that cash found by Sandoval would be seized.

Sandoval then turned off his in-car and lapel recorders, and said “he wanted to be part of the criminal narcotics activity (the agent) was involved in and would let him pass through the area undisturbed with money and/or drugs in the future if they provided him with a portion of the profits,” the investigators’ affidavit says. Sandoval returned $500 to the agent and kept $7,500, and the agents left.

Three more of these sham drug deals and guarantees of safe passage for a cut of the cash – Sandoval was busted.

Sandoval was an unsuccessful candidate for sheriff last year. In a campaign statement to a weekly newspaper, he said, “I want to modernize the report taking and record keeping as well as the chain of custody and security of evidence.”

Sandoval pleaded not guilty…

Protect and serve…drug dealers passing through New Mexico.

Are these the sleaziest coppers on Earth – stealing ID’s of dead children as cover for domestic spying?

The Metropolitan Police covertly stole the identities of about 80 dead children for use in operations by undercover police officers, according to a new investigation.

The practice, condemned as “gruesome” by Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, carried on for three decades as a means for police to infiltrate anti-racist, anti-capitalist and far-right protest groups. Officers obtained passports, driving licences and national insurance numbers under their new identities.

Two former members of the Met’s undercover Special Demonstration Squad told The Guardian they had adopted the identity of a dead child after scanning birth and death records to find a suitable match.

“You are looking for someone of a similar age to you who died, starting at age three or four and up to age 14 or 15,” said “Pete Black”, the adopted identity of a former undercover policeman who infiltrated environmental activist groups from 1993 to 1997. Victims of the identity theft included an eight-year-old boy who had died from leukaemia in 1968, and another who was killed in a car crash, said the report. Parents of the dead children were never made aware of the practice.

The Met said in a statement that…the practice was not “currently” authorised.

Give an ethically-challenged police body the opportunity and they will return to the worst of their practices. Many young people have a vague notion of what the FBI and their local lackeys did during the COINTELPRO days. The Red Squads are all behind us – we’re told.

Today, we witness discussions in Congress – with the White House occupied by a moderately conservative Democrat with a solid law degree from Harvard – on how the president can judge someone guilty and sentence him to death. No jury of his peers. The practice is only “currently” authorised.

We shouldn’t worry.

Cannibal arrested after “dinner” sends in substitute copper

A suspected cannibal was arrested in Slovakia after his ‘dinner guest’ changed his mind and alerted police.

The would-be victim from Switzerland answered an internet advert from the 43-year-old man seeking a person who would agree to be killed, cooked and eaten.

He claims he thought the offer was nothing more than a ‘macabre fantasy game’.

But after telephone conversations with the unnamed man, he realised he was “deadly serious”, he said.

He alerted Swiss police who informed their Slovakian counterparts…They sent in an undercover officer posing as the victim in a sting operation to catch the suspected cannibal.

During the arrest, a gunfight ensued in which the cannibal and a police officer were both injured…

A Kysak police spokesman said: “One of our officers and the suspect both suffered gunshot wounds during the arrest and are both being treated in hospital.”

I presume they’re both being treated tenderly.

Babbo Natale arrests Italian mafioso thug

Father Christmas had a bad surprise in store on Thursday for a suspected Sicilian mafia member – an arrest for racketeering.

A policeman dressed as Father Christmas arrested the man in a sting operation as he was coming out of a shop where he had extracted some protection money.

“Father Christmas” dropped the bag of sweets that he was giving out and arrested 37-year-old Salvatore Politini, alleged to be a member of the Santapaola mafia clan in police footage shown on Italian television…

The shopkeeper had been allegedly forced to pay the mafia a protection racket of around 260 euros every month for 10 years.

The man arrested was carrying a ceramic plate and a panettone cake – believed to be payment in kind from other extortion victims.

I hope the shop owner was giving him the stale panettone.

Rent-a-coppers dress as baby Jesus to catch thieves

Store detectives at Christmas Markets in Austria are being disguised as the baby Jesus in an attempt to catch shoplifters and pick pockets.

In the German speaking world the Christ child is usually played by young women and is also the traditional bringer of Christmas gifts.

Actors have been replaced by the undercover detectives to stop criminals taking advantage of the crowds to steal items from the stalls and shoppers’ bags at the events which are popular tourists attractions.

Church officials have criticised the idea of using staff employed to play the role as the Christ child to also catch thieves.

A spokesman for the city council in Weitra, Austria, which is one of those to employ the Christ child detectives said: “They are in among the crowds all day long and they are perfect for keeping an eye out for petty crooks.”

Har!

Busted for trying to hire a hooker for his 14-year-old son

A man who tried to hire a prostitute to take his 14-year-old son’s virginity as a present was spared jail by a court.

The Polish national took the boy out in his car and allowed him to pick out the prostitute, who was standing at the side of the road in the red-light district of Nottingham. But the 42-year-old father was arrested because the teenager had chosen an undercover police officer, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was handed a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, after he admitted a charge of trying to solicit a woman to have sex with a child, the Press Association reported.

The court heard that the father, who came to Britain eight years ago, was arrested last July during an undercover operation by the city’s vice squad…

The boy said that they had driven past the girl and his dad pointed to her and said ‘will she do?‘” Harris said.

“He said ‘yes’ and they had turned round. He said his dad did this because he was still a virgin and he was taking care of that for him.”

Judge Jonathan Teare said he would spare the father jail because of his excellent character and that he believed he did not mean any harm to his son.

Har! How did the judge keep from chuckling?

British coppers recorded trying to recruit protester who was wired – Har!


The Horrors of Free Speech

Undercover police are running a network of hundreds of informants inside protest organisations who secretly feed them intelligence in return for cash, according to evidence handed to the Guardian.

They claim to have infiltrated a number of environmental groups and said they are receiving information about leaders, tactics and plans of future demonstrations.

The dramatic disclosures are revealed in almost three hours of secretly recorded discussions between covert officers claiming to be from Strathclyde police, and an activist from the protest group Plane Stupid, whom the officers attempted to recruit as a paid spy after she had been released on bail following a demonstration at Aberdeen airport last month.

Matilda Gifford, 24, said she recorded the meetings in an attempt to expose how police seek to disrupt the legitimate activities of climate change activists. She met the officers twice; they said they were a detective constable and his assistant. During the taped discussions, the officers:

• Indicate that she could receive tens of thousands of pounds to pay off her student loans in return for information about individuals within Plane Stupid.

• Say they will not pay money direct into her bank account because that would leave an audit trail that would leave her compromised. They said the money would be tax-free, and added: “UK plc can afford more than 20 quid.”

• Explain that spying could assist her if she was arrested. “People would sell their soul to the devil,” an officer said…

This mostly falls under the category of recording the bastards who’re recording you. I may as well look on the humorous side of it all – though over beaucoup years I’ve spent challenging the kreeps in charge, I witnessed enough attempts by the FBI, CIA and other alphabet soup sluggos to turn friends and family into informants.

Turning them out to the public Left was one of my specialties, one of my delights.

Calcutta coppers manage arrest – of undercover Indian operative


Terrific handling of the case! Undercover police agent Mukhtar Ahmed is on the left
Daylife/Reuters Pictures

Questions have been raised in India over the police handling of the arrest of a man suspected of handling mobile phone cards used by Mumbai’s attackers.

Calcutta police arrested Mukhtar Ahmed for procuring SIM cards for the group without knowing that he was an undercover operative. He was on a long-term mission with police in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Senior intelligence sources say a “high-value asset” has been blown and his family put at risk.

Mukhtar Ahmed has told those questioning him that he was working for police intelligence in Indian-administered Kashmir.

His brief was to procure SIM cards for Lashkar-e-Taiba fighters and pass the numbers to police so that all calls from those numbers could be monitored by intelligence.

Don’t you love police agencies who don’t cooperate with each other, apparently don’t even talk to each other?

Deputies taser an undercover agent – WTF?

Deputies with their guns drawn shout at an armed man at a liquor store to get on the ground.

The man, Ira McQueen, is an agent with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, but the deputies don’t know that.

They have been called to what a witness believed was an armed robbery at the business.

When McQueen, who is in civilian clothes, doesn’t comply with the deputies’ demands, a Taser stun gun is used on him. A Sheriff’s Office dog is also released on the man.

McQueen ends up in the hospital.

Read the whole article. Nothing is as simple as it sounds. Before or after reading the tale.

I’m still not really certain what happened here and neither are the coppers. I think the script was written by Monty Python.