Undercover police informant busted planting drugs in legal smoke shop by in-store surveillance cameras

By End the Lie

(Image credit: screenshot from surveillance video capturing the planting of drugs)

(Image credit: screenshot from surveillance video capturing the planting of drugs)

The owner of a smoke shop in New York busted an undercover police informant planting crack in his store thanks to multiple in-store surveillance cameras.

Unfortunately, this is hardly an isolated incident. The New York City Police Department, for example, has fabricated numerous drug charges, according to a former narcotics detective, and one officer was even thrown in a psych ward for revealing systemic corruption in the department.

The practice can also be seen outside of New York.

Earlier this month, Columbia, South Carolina, a police captain stated in a sworn affidavit that he was approached by then-Deputy Police Chief Ruben Santiago about planting cocaine and a stolen gun in a city official’s car.

Also earlier this month, in England, a detective admitted that he was involved in a deal to plant a shotgun and drugs in someone’s car.

Clearly, this is a problem across jurisdictions.

In this particular case, Donald Andrews, Jr. was targeted by Scotia and Schenectady County police who believed that he was involved in illegal activities of one kind or another.

The police sent an undercover informant to his store, which sells legal smoking paraphernalia which local station WNYT notes “might also be re-purposed for other illicit activities,” twice in March.

The second time the informant came to his store, Andrews caught the informant planting crack cocaine on the counter and then photographing it.

The crack that was planted in the store led to the arrest of Andrews.

“He comes in,” Andrews’s attorney Kevin Luibrand said, narrating over the video from the in-store cameras, “places the crack on the counter. Crack, which under federal sentencing guidelines, would get him 4 years in jail. Under New York State law would get him 2 to 7 years in jail.”

The seven cameras placed in Andrews’s small store captured the planting of the crack from multiple angles.

The Sheriff acknowledged in a phone call with WNYT that proper procedures were not followed, but somehow denied that Andrews was purposely framed.

The Sheriff placed the blame entirely on the informant, who has reportedly taken flight.

The Schenectady County Sheriff and the Scotia Police Chief said they were not available for a formal interview about the apparent planting of evidence.

Andrews was arrested but he was released after he was able to get police to look at the multiple camera angles capturing the planting of the crack.

He has already taken the first step toward filing a lawsuit for wrongful arrest, a case which seems it might be quite successful.

Some members of the local Schenectady chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference believe Andrews was targeted because he is African-American.

“It was a set-up and I believe that he was racially profiled and targeted,” Treasure Clayton said to WNYT. “It would be easy for them to say that he was selling drugs because he was black.”

It is impossible to say with any degree of certainty if race played any role in the incident. What is quite clear, however, is that a police informant attempted to frame a business owner by planting drugs in his store.

The fact that this is not an isolated incident but part of a larger problem in law enforcement is quite troubling. It makes me personally grateful for those officers who go after people who are actually breaking the law instead of creating their own criminals to catch.

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8 Responses to Undercover police informant busted planting drugs in legal smoke shop by in-store surveillance cameras

  1. Lindsey July 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Okay- this is wrong on so many levels. I feel for Mr. Andrews. Honest man making an honest living. I DO NOT, however, agree that this is a racial issue. Police plant evidence on white people too. We need to focus on better police screening. Must pass a physical EVERY YEAR. submit o drug tests every month, and carry a video camera on them at all times like they do with the voice recorders. Please don’t turn a shining example of the corruption of authority into a racially motivated news piece.

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  2. Lindsey July 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Okay- this is wrong on so many levels. I feel for Mr. Andrews. Honest man making an honest living. I DO NOT, however, agree that this is a racial issue. Police plant evidence on white people too. We need to focus on better police screening. Must pass a physical EVERY YEAR. submit to drug tests every month, and carry a video camera on them at all times like they do with the voice recorders. Please don’t turn a shining example of the corruption of authority into a racially motivated news piece.

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  3. Sally July 27, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Oh my God — fuck that stupid woman who said this was racially motivated. It was motivated by the fact that he was selling paraphernalia and that cops are complete pieces of shit — don’t turn this into the next Trayvon Martin blow-up.

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    • Brooklyn July 27, 2013 at 6:16 AM

      Sally be respectful, saying lets not turn this into the next trayvon martin is very insensitive. Have some respect, what happen to the old rule of watching your mouth especially when one is no loner with us. That’s a punk move where I grew up, so respect Mr. Martin and his family by keeping his name away from your lips. I mean after all a kid died maybe you should have some type of heart. If you know your history police officials along with the government has been planting stuff on all sorts of ppl since way way back, it just happen to be a larger number of African Americans than any other. Its ok to admit that, why can’t this country just admit they don’t like us. Its ok, we won’t cry if you say something we already know in our hearts.

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  4. V2kVictim July 28, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    What about planting a giant spiked dildo in the informant’s ass?

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  5. Nora July 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    The central issue here is not race, it’s police corruption. The woman in the video was chosen because she was of the opinion that this was racially motivated. That is the “divide and conquer” technique in action–get us fighting over matters of no importance while the cabal robs us of our wealth and our freedoms.

    We must work together to end their ability to pit us against each other based on skin color or anything else. Wake up to the real agenda here, folks! Bias is used as a weapon. Are we not all flesh and blood with two legs, two arms, a brain and a heart? Those who orchestrate the racial division are who you should hate!

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    • Jayden August 14, 2013 at 4:22 AM

      Excellent reply Nora!

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  6. Fed Up w/the BS August 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    I am one who does feels not “everything” done against us black people is necessarily racially motivated. In this case, I would have to see who else this informant helped the police with locking up. If the majority, if not all are black people..then I would agree, it was racially motivated.

    Anyone else that this particular informant has helped lock up, should have their cases reopened because he has proven he is not an honest informant.

    I also believe, anytime an informant or cop is caught framing someone (no matter what race), their punishment should be double that of what the person who was framed would have received had they been in fact quilty.

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