Undercover Officers Ask Addicts to Buy Drugs, Snaring Them but Not Dealers – The New York Times


“The 55-year-old crack addict counted his change outside a Harlem liquor store. He had just over a dollar, leaving him 35 cents short of the cheapest mini-bottle.The 21-year-old heroin addict sat in a McDonald’s on the Lower East Side, wondering when his grandmother would next wire him money. He was homeless, had 84 cents in his pocket and was living out of two canvas bags.Each was approached by someone who asked the addict for help buying drugs. Using the stranger’s money, each addict went to see a nearby dealer, returned with drugs, handed them over and was promptly arrested on felony drug-dealing charges. The people who had asked for drugs were undercover narcotics officers with the New York Police Department.”

Source: Undercover Officers Ask Addicts to Buy Drugs, Snaring Them but Not Dealers – The New York Times

Many good comments clarify that the behavior of the New York City police here is despicable.