Thursday, May 12, 2005

British Police Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering?

http://www.theinsider.org/mailing/article.asp?id=00393

"The Insider", 30 July 2003, wrote about "Illegal drugs trafficking and money laundering by the British police force."

London's Metropolitan Police was criticised by a Judge for running an undercover multi-million pound drugs operation, without permission.

According to the Guardian 29 July 2003:

"A total of £15m was brought to London hidden in suitcases, laundered by undercover police officers and then returned to alleged drug dealers over a three year period, the court heard.

"A prosecution based on the sting was thrown out at Southwark crown court ... after a judge described the police actions as 'massively illegal'.

"Judge George Bathurst-Norman allowed 10 defendants to walk free after saying that the police had 'overstepped the line between legitimate crime detection and unacceptable crime creation'.

"He added: 'They offered a wholly exceptional opportunity to others to commit crime...
I have come to the conclusion that what the police did amounted to state-created crime.'"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1007820,00.html

According to "The Insider":

"Undercover operations provide a superb cover for the highly profitable government-controlled drug trade.

"Individual petty drug dealers are arrested so that operations in which police mingle with criminals can be called a success.

"Any drugs cartel that dares to compete with the state-sponsored operation is dealt with swiftly and effectively..."

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