Via the Agitator via nevergetbusted.com.
Regardless of how you view the drug war, we should all applaud efforts to rid the criminal justice system of corrupt law enforcement. That’s what makes this story so significant. Until now the libertarian/anti drug war movement has been reactionary; waiting for news to happen and responding. Now those who value freedom have the tools to set up traps for the police. This should make great reality television.
It’s called an informant plant. The Odessa narcotics unit illegally compelled an informant to plant drugs on Yolanda Madden. The informant testified in federal court he planted the drugs on her and he passed a polygraph confirming the same. Yolanda also passed a polygraph along with a hair follicle and urine test. Our broken criminal justice system ignored the evidence and railroaded her through court sentencing her to 8 years in prison.
Her father hired KopBusters, a new reality show produced by NeverGetBusted, whereby Barry and Candi along with their detectives set up stings across America to catch crooked Kops.
KopBusters rented a house in Odessa, Texas and began growing two small Christmas trees under a grow light similar to those used for growing marijuana. When faced with a suspected marijuana grow, the police usually use illegal FLIR cameras and/or lie on the search warrant affidavit claiming they have probable cause to raid the house. Instead of conducting a proper investigation which usually leads to no probable cause, the Kops lie on the affidavit claiming a confidential informant saw the plants and/or the police could smell marijuana coming from the suspected house.
The trap was set and less than 24 hours later, the Odessa narcotics unit raided the house only to find KopBuster’s attorney waiting under a system of complex gadgetry and spy cameras that streamed online to the KopBuster’s secret mobile office nearby.
The attorney was handcuffed and later released when eleven KopBuster detectives arrived with the media in tow to question the illegal raid. The police refused to give KopBusters the search warrant affidavit which is suspected to contain the lies regarding the probable cause.
The team of eleven freedom fighters wore red “Free Yolanda” shirts as they clashed with the police demanding answers for the illegal raid and the drug plant. The police would not comment but later stated they were trying to charge KopBusters with a crime.
I’ve met Barry Cooper. He is one of the most interesting and entertaining personalities in marijuana reform. Whereas some view his self promotion as detrimental to his credibility, I believe he is sincere about changing our nation’s obscene marijuana laws.
His Never Get Busted videos generated a lot of media coverage and presented an easy to digest media story (Ex Cop Shows How To Hide Drugs!! Story at Nine!!). Unfortunately, this undercover work is a bit more complicated and therefore has not generated as much media attention. I couldn’t find a story on the Odessa newspaper’s website.
Finally, without more information there’s no reason to believe that there must be dishonesty or corruption behind this search. It could be old fashioned incompetence. I hope the media pays attention and stays with this story. The police can only keep this search warrant hidden for so long. Eventually, the truth has to come out.