If you're looking for a healthy dose of rage to end your work week, read on! The government is so broke that we have to talk about it all the time, and yet we spend more than $50 billion dollars a year on the War on Drugs. As a result of which, there are half a million people already in prison for non-violent drug-related offenses. But apparently, it's not enough! 

This week's This American Life told the story of a female cop in Florida who posed as a high-school student, tricked sweet little teenagers into falling in love with her, asked them to buy her pot, and then arrested them. It's the worst thing in the world!

Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other. One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot.

Even though he didn't smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn't want the money — he got it for her as a present. 

A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students — including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.

Obviously, this is what we need to get our country back on track: more teenagers with felony convictions. Because if they don't spend time in our over-crowded prisons, it will at least give them a major setback in the job market, a scar on their permanent record, and a deep-seated cynicism and mistrust of the system! 

Yes, that's right. Everything is terrible. But the good news is it's five-thirty on a Friday. You can start drinking any time now. 

Commentarium (7 Comments)

Feb 17 12 - 7:15pm

legal entrapment. sue sue sue the precinct into oblivion

Feb 18 12 - 6:23pm

Really. The entire time I was reading this I just thought, "How is this NOT entrapment." I sometimes get confused about the letter of the law when it comes to that, but I'm pretty sure "I wouldn't do this, but a cop badgered me into it" is more or less the definition.

Totally disgusting. Why isn't the right outraged that our tax dollars get wasted on shit like this?

Feb 18 12 - 6:17pm
Legal Stuff

Textbook entrapment case. Will get thrown out in an the moment a judge hears it.

Feb 18 12 - 7:13pm

Not only is this obviously entrapment, but how did they manage to attend the classes at a local high school? Nobody noticed that these new students were older? Aren't there other laws against this sort of thing in a high school?

Feb 19 12 - 11:53am
Sadly Guilty

Entrapment? No. These people are just as guilty as those weirdoes on To Catch a Predator". But wow…what a waste of money and why bother with weed – if the kids were scoring meth or crack, then I could see there may be a point.

Feb 19 12 - 8:19pm

...Actually, a lot of To Catch a Predator cases get thrown out because of entrapment.

Mar 02 12 - 1:06am
Chuck Testa