Charges filed last week in Western Washington federal court detail a month-long investigation by the DEA, ICE, and local law enforcement. The feds were tipped off in early June by an informant who'd been busted for selling oxycodone. The anonymous source offered to wear a wire in exchange for leniency in his case, court document say.
The source offered up a heroin dealer, later identified as Juan Velasco San Juan, 35, and his girlfriend Doris Zenteno. The trio met for the first time in Everett on June 20, and the informant walked away with $2,300 worth of heroin, and plans to meet again to buy meth and shotguns the next day. The second deal went off without a hitch, and the source acquired 52 grams of meth and five shotguns, including one with the barrel and stock sawed-off, and a 12-gauge that had previously been reported stolen.
The post, and most importantly the use of an informant, inspired commenter hakon39 to weigh in.
Hakon 39 writes:
Bad people, but snitches, rats, informants, and cooperators are worse. They sell their souls and will gladly sell-out their own mothers if it keeps them from facing their own crimes.
Once upon a time in America, the police had to rely on evidence to build a case against someone, now they just pay a snitch or promise him immunity and they can get them to testify to whatever they tell them to.