Pubdate: Sun, 09 Nov 2003
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Stuart Pedjujs
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


RE: "COURT backs cop tactic," Nov. 4. Thanks to this decision by our Court 
of Appeal, our police may now legally sell ephedrine, at least, to "known" 
drug dealers who "appear to be active in their field," in an ongoing series 
of methamphetamine manufacturing "reverse-sting" operations. When police 
are both asking for ever-increasing budgets to combat the scourge of meth 
labs and supplying the raw ephedrine to get the lab operational, something 
has gone desperately wrong. Will they be supplying the raw materials for 
any other kinds of dangerous and highly explosive manufacturing processes 
we should know about? After all, if this kind of "novel undercover tactic" 
works with getting meth-manufacturing operations up and running so 
successfully, why not use it with other threats to our security?

Stuart Pedjujs

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