R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
Yes, this is frequently how criminals are caught. Sting operations, set ups for those who are predisposed to sell or purchase controlled substances, and just one reason to completely stay out of this kind of circumstance. People will do nearly anything to get out of trouble, even turn in or set up their best friend or a family member.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
The police often ask people who are arrested for drugs to give them information and make buys from others. Criminals are usually uneducated, easily manipulated, and do not understand their rights. They do not know enough to demand an attorney and let him advise them if they should cooperate with the police. Any deals that you cut should be made with your lawyer and the prosecutor and be in writing, not made with the police and the defendant. The police can use confidential informants or undercover officers to make buys and they will use recorded money if they are going to arrest the person on the spot. If they use a CI they may wait until a few weeks later to keep the CI safe because dealers make a lot of sales and will not know who set them up unless they go to trial. If you sell to a police officer you are going to get convicted almost every time. If you sell to a CI you will probably have to plead to a felony because it is strong evidence that you made the sale and the police are watching the sale and will testify that it was you who made the sale.
Answer Applies to: New York