Florida Cops' Coke Scheme Undone by Newspaper
Sunrise locals upset about criminals police 'brought to our city'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 14, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
The Sun-Sentinel's investigation stopped a police anti-coke operation.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Police in Sunrise, Fla., spent years luring drug buyers into town before arresting them—and making a bundle in the process, according to an investigative report by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The operation has since been stopped, thanks to the paper's revelations, which ran last week and shed light on what the mayor complained had been an undercover operation (which he supported). The story, per the original report: Police were dangling deals before potential drug buyers hailing from as far away as Peru and Canada; when buyers arrived, cops would make deals with them in local restaurants like TGI Fridays before arresting them.

Then they'd confiscate millions of dollars, as well as cars and other expensive items; they've amassed some $5.8 million in forfeiture revenues in two years. Cops involved got paid huge overtime sums; since 2010, a dozen police all together scored $1.2 million. Informants raked in cash, too; one received $800,000, the paper reports. Local officials are divided on the issue. "We have enough drugs and criminals here. Now we are importing them?" asks a public defender who thinks police were "putting citizens at risk." A state attorney disagreed; the area is already "known as a source of drugs," he says.

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Oct 15, 2013 3:02 AM CDT
I find it funny. These coppers went fishin' and caught some big ones. It's about time we bring some of OUR money back home. I hope they cast their line further and deeper next time. At ease, smoke 'em if ya got 'em.
Oct 15, 2013 2:46 AM CDT
Game plan ; dupe the dope.
Oct 15, 2013 12:26 AM CDT
Can we find a reporter, maybe some will tell the truth. about Hawaiian drug connection & Hawaii drug & mafia ( rumored the law did dirty deeds for them arrest. phone tap killed etc etc ) dealers it bad for our younger generation live in Waianae and waipahau& stadium,ewa etc. hate to young kids look up to drug dealer or mafia they are bad people what if your kid or grand kids start or get hooked on drugs Say no to grugs