Ex-Cop Causes Stir By Advising How To Avoid Drug Busts


Barry Cooper, a former Texas narcotics officer, sells a DVD on how to stash pot in your car without getting caught, reports the Associated Press. He plans a second one on how to keep police from raiding your home for marijuana. Six months ago he released “Never Get Busted Again,” in which the former star of West Texas’ Permian Basin Drug Task Force gives tips on hiding marijuana (dashboards have many nooks and crannies) and throwing off drug-sniffing dogs (coat your tires in fox urine). “I’m not helping them to break the law. It’s clear the law is already being broken,” said Cooper, 38, who left law enforcement a decade ago. “I will do anything legal to frustrate law enforcement’s efforts to place American citizens in jail for non-violent drug offenses.”

Law officers call Cooper as a traitor; some pro-pot activists say Cooper undermines their cause. “This is like waving red meat” in front of police, said Allen St. Pierre of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “They take great professional umbrage with this. They are not our opposition, and we don’t want to agitate them.” Richard Sanders, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, calls Cooper’s DVD as a sham. “He’s just out to make money,” Sanders said. Cooper said he has sold more than 10,000 copies of “Never Get Busted,” primarily over the Internet and at a few smoke shops. Frederick Moss, a law professor at Southern Methodist University, said Cooper probably is not breaking the law because he has no direct relationship with the customers he counsels.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-06-19-pot-cop_N.htm

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