OK, Sua, I’ll give you a real-life example.
Someone I knew used to smoke pot. As do many tokers around here, he would buy &/or sell pot in coordination with others (i.e., several friends chip in to buy because it’s cheaper in quantity, which generally means that one or two people are buying a fairly large amount because dealers won’t sell to you if you bring ten people along). He was never a ‘dealer’ or ‘pusher’ in the classic selling-on-the-street sense.
Let’s call my friend Buster, since I ain’t gonna give you his real name.
Buster quit smoking pot entirely. As a result, he also quit purchasing pot for himself or his friends. He had been smoke-free for almost a year.
An old acquaintance started coming by, asking Buster to find her some smoke. He told her repeatedly that he no longer smoked and had no clue where to find any. She continued to call &/or come by two or three times a week for a couple of months. He continued to tell her that he couldn’t help her. Unfortunately, he’s one of those people that just doesn’t know how to really tell someone off when they’ve crossed the line to obnoxious.
Eventually, old acquaintance started saying she could find pot for Buster. Buster told her he wasn’t interested, as he no longer smoked. This went 'round & 'round for several weeks, because she just wouldn’t give up. She kept finding better & better deals. Again unfortunately, he’s also one of those people who can be way too trusting for his own good - he just didn’t smell the decaying rodent. After all, this was someone he knew, someone he’d consider a friend - not a close friend, but still a friend y’know.
Then she approached him with a great deal. I can’t remember what story she gave him and I don’t remember the exact price (and it wouldn’t matter today, since this was at least a half-dozen years ago), but it was an astoundingly good price on a quarter-pound. There was some elaborate explanation as to why this was available. Buster could sell four ounces easily to good friends, who would love the chance to get pot dirt-cheap. In fact, this pot was so cheap that he could please his friends AND make a little cash for himself. Sad about Buster’s dysfunctional olfactory sense, eh?
Amazingly enough, when Buster went to make the deal, he was surrounded by cops with guns pointed at him. He was arrested for dealing. The ‘old friend’ had been arrested previously, and the cops had shaken her down for names. The cops would let her off of her charges if she found someone they could bust on a higher charge. So they helped her set him up. (This is standard practice around here, BTW. If you get busted [even for misdemeanor simple possession], they will threaten you from here to eternity in an effort to get more names. They don’t care who it is, if that person is actually a dealer, nothing. If nothing else, you give them a name and help set up that person, just as described here. If anyone else made these sorts of offers and threats, it would be called blackmail. The cops call it ‘police work’. :rolleyes: )
I don’t know why she picked Buster. Maybe she knew him well enough to realize how naive he can be. Maybe she didn’t know him well enough to feel bad about screwing him over. Maybe she was pissed off at him for something. Who cares?
The fact is that without the police setup, he would never have been involved. He resisted the temptation for several months, but eventually fell prey to the ‘too good to be true’ syndrome. To this day, he’s really pissed at himself for being so stupid, blind and trusting.
Oh, and of course, since Buster didn’t have several thousands of dollars for a lawyer, he didn’t have much chance of getting off on grounds of entrapment. IIRC, he got a pretty light sentence due to no priors of any sort, but he’s now a convicted felon.
So, what do YOU think? Is this sort of behavior acceptable to you? Is there ANY line you would draw, or do cops just get to do whatever they want as long as they make arrests?