MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Mobile police have found a new use for macadamia nuts. They used chopped macadamia nuts to look like rocks of crack cocaine during a weekend drug sting.
Undercover officers posed as drug dealers at the corner of State and Kennedy streets, which has been the source of many complaints about drug activity. Officers made 15 arrests Friday and Saturday. Lieutenant DeWayne Hill says those arrested were charged with a misdemeanor -- attempting to possess a controlled substance. He says news of the arrests will have more impact than the charges because it will make it more difficult for buyers and sellers to get together.
Officers also arrested six people on State Street on charges of distribution of a controlled substance.
Ok. So, what problem did this solve? The only people they arrested were low level users not the king pins supplying the crack cocaine being sold on the streets. The charge 'attempting to possess an controlled substance' is laughable and won't result in anything more than a fine, if that.
I find it incredibly hypocritical that cops can break the law in order to enforce it. The code of Alabama states;
(a) Manufacture or distribution. - It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute or sell an imitation controlled substance. Any person who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor under Title 13A.
So, are the cops guilty of a Calss A misdemeanor?
As to Lt. Hill's assertion; "News of the arrests will have more impact than the charges because it will make it more difficult for buyers and sellers to get together."
How? I think the dealers will just move to a different street in a different neighborhood.
This kind of exercise is pointless and an incredible waste of taxpayer dollars. I'm sure there is real crime a'plenty in Mobile, AL without the cops creating fake crime. If I were a Mobile taxpayer I'd be PISSED like a bear!