Omaha drug charge lawyer Daniel Stockmann has heard it all when it comes to the tricks cops play in order to apprehend a suspect or to get him to confess. Though April Fool’s Day has come and gone, these tactics persist and are routinely used by law enforcement agents. Sometimes they’re legal, and sometimes they’re not.
Police Department Releases Notice of Ebola-Laced Meth
According to a report from KETV 7, one Texas police department played a somewhat laughable trick on its local citizens. Just before April Fool’s Day, a representative made a post on the department’s Facebook page:
"If you have recently purchased meth or heroin in Central Texas, please take it to the local police or sheriff's department so it can be screened with a special device. DO NOT use it until it has been properly checked for possible Ebola contamination! Contact any Granite Shoals PD officer for testing."
Believe it or not, this faulty claim led to at least one arrest, according to reports. The department later removed the post, though it may have been due to public outcry, rather than lack of success. Though the spoof has been seen across the country in various jurisdictions, advocacy groups say deceptive posts like this run the risk of agencies losing the trust of the public.
Nebraska’s Fake Warning Signs of Drug Stops
More than one person has found his way into Mr. Stockmann’s office due to the placement of fake warning signs. The Omaha drug charge lawyer has repeatedly spoken out about this particular deceptive practice, in which authorities use cat and mouse tactics to nudge people into their trap. Officers select a somewhat isolated stretch of the interstate to set up their sting. Just before an exit that hosts no services, such as restrooms, dining, or lodging, they’ll put up warning signs that a drug checkpoint is established ahead. Rather than stopping all vehicles, as the signs indicate will happen, officers lie in wait at the end of the desolate exit, pouncing on anyone who is unlucky enough to decide to take a detour instead of being stalled by the checkpoint.
Omaha Drug Charge Lawyer
These are just two examples of the countless tricks law enforcement will use to capture someone they believe is guilty of a drug crime. Not only do these practices affect innocent bystanders, but the legality of certain methods has been called into question. So far, the courts have largely allowed law enforcement agencies to do as they please, which means if you’ve been involved in illegal activity, you’re quite likely to get caught. If you or a loved one has been caught up in one of these cat and mouse games, you need the help of an experienced Omaha drug charge lawyer. Daniel Stockmann’s smooth negotiation skills and in-depth knowledge of the law enable him to get charges reduced, or even dropped entirely, on a regular basis. To find out what options are available to you, call (402) 884-1031 for your free case evaluation now.