For four months, Federal Way, Wa., police undercover detectives – a 29-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man – infiltrated high schools in search of drugs, says the Seattle Times. With little difficulty, they purchased a cornucopia of illicit drugs – including marijuana, Ecstasy, cocaine, and the prescription oxycodone – as well as rifles and semiautomatic handguns. Yesterday, charges were filed against 12 students, ranging in age from 13 to 18, and against two adults not associated with the schools. Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration also participated.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the case is the number of willing suppliers the undercover agents found and the ease with which they found them. One marijuana supplier named Joe made his first sale to an undercover officer during a third-period class. “Joe told me to sit by him,” the officer recounted in court papers. “Joe pulled out suspected marijuana from his pants pocket and in the middle of class and while the teacher was instructing took out $5 worth of marijuana to sell me.  Joe did this behind his baseball hat in a poor attempt to conceal the transaction from the teacher.”