Published on January 25th, 2016 | by News Feed
Cops Use Social Media Stings to Bust Pot Buyers in Legal States
As more states move to legalize recreational marijuana, most people assume that people are no longer interested in making busts for weed related crimes. But that’s not the case. In fact, legalization has only forced officers to get even more creative in their attempts to find criminals. Their latest efforts have focused on social media. Cops create fictitious profiles complete with detailed background information and photos of their phony grow rooms. Then they advertise their products and see if they get any response.
If they get a bite, the cops arrange a meet up for the transaction and after the buyer pays for the product, it all comes crashing down. Instead of going home with a baggie of weed, the buyer is led away in handcuffs.
When CBS4 in Denver covered the new sting operations in an investigative report, it led to a lot of public outcry. Many insisted that this was nothing more than entrapment and shouldn’t be legal. However, police insist that they are well within their rights in the social media busts because people are breaking the law by purchasing marijuana from unauthorized dispensaries. If the matter goes to court, the judge will undoubtedly rule on the side of the cops because the buyer did in fact break the law.
The potential for marijuana purchases to turn ugly has left some pot smokers feeling on edge. It’s important to remember that while weed is now legal in some places, you can only purchase from a licensed dispensary. If you see an ad on Facebook or even on Craigslist, don’t take the bait. Even if the products look legit and the prices are enticing, remember that it’s a strong possibility that the grower you are dealing with is not a grower at all. It could be a cop just waiting for the right moment to pounce.