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vector: <a href="http://www.drugsense.org/current.htm">DRUGSENSE WEEKLY</a>

link: <a href="http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03.n1221.a01.html>US: Cops Against The Drug War</a>

link: <a href="http://www.leap.cc/">Law Enforcement Against Prohibition</a>

They were two white guys cruising through the black part of Patterson,
N.J., back in the 1970s. One was an undercover police officer named
Jack Cole, the other an informant known as Fast Eddy. Posing as heroin
buyers, they ran into trouble with three thugs who tried to rip them
off and who slashed Fast Eddy's hand with a knife before being chased
off. Luckily, Cole recalls, a Good Samaritan came out into the road.
He was a young black man who was going to college to get out of the

He said he didn't approve of drugs but felt bad about the white guys
getting roughed up in the neighborhood. He went into his house to get
bandages for Fast Eddy and then, since Cole continued to pretend like
he needed a fix, brought them to a supplier who wouldn't take
advantage of them.

Back at the precinct, Cole felt he had no choice but to include the
Good Samaritan's name in his report.<lj-cut>

The Good Samaritan was duly charged with conspiracy to distribute
heroin, a charge that carried the same penalty as distribution: up to
seven years in jail. Cole was at the station when the Good Samaritan
was brought in. He looked Cole in the eye and said, "Man, I was trying
to be your friend."

"So yeah, that got to me," Cole says now, his voice seeming to break
and going quiet. Speaking by phone from his current home of Boston,
the 64-year-old Cole is explaining why he ultimately turned against
the war on drugs.

Continues: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03.n1221.a01.html

<h2>"You can get over an addiction, but you can never get over a conviction."</h2>
-Jack Cole, retired New Jersey State police officer

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