When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

22 December 2006

Ex-cop plans video on stash design

A one-time Texas drug agent described by his former boss as perhaps the best narcotics officer in the country plans to market a how-to video on concealing drugs and fooling police.

Barry Cooper, who has worked for small police departments in East Texas, plans to launch a Web site next week where he will sell his video, "Never Get Busted Again," the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported in its online edition Thursday.
Source: AP, via Yahoo! News

Cooper describes himself as a disgruntled veteran of the War Against Drugs, and believes that it's an enormous waste of law enforcement resources:
Cooper, once "the best" drug officer in West Texas, according to his former superiors, told the newspaper during an interview Wednesday night that he believes marijuana should be legalized, and that the imprisonment of those caught with the drug destroys their families and fills up jails and prisons across the country with non-violent offenders.

He added that methamphetamines, cocaine and crack should be eradicated from the earth because they are dangerous drugs. But he says marijuana is not.

"I know I won't be accepted by my peers here in East Texas, but in other areas of the country I will be celebrated," he said in his office in Tyler. "When I was raiding houses and destroying families, my conscience was telling me it was wrong, but my need for power, fame and peer acceptance overshadowed my good conscience."

(Tyler Morning Telegraph: Former cop to sell video showing drug users how to avoid police detection.)

1 comment:

Mike Smithson said...

Barry Cooper is a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition or "LEAP", an org of cops, judges, prosecutors and others in the criminal justice system who call for an end to the Drug War.