The Throwaways

by Rachel Gertz

Kids are being used as dope ring bait by the FDA. They’re cheaper, won’t make a stink, and sadly, are easy to replace when they get killed by the local kingpin.

It’s a nine-pager, but this article is a razor sharp propellor of an article by Sarah Stillman. It will unhinge you and make you see the War on Drugs with a cynically sick eye.

“Two days after Hoffman disappeared, her body was found in Perry, Florida, a small town some fifty miles southeast of Tallahassee, in a ravine overgrown with tangled vines…[she] had been shot five times in the chest and head with the gun that the police had sent her to buy…By the evening of her death, Rachel Hoffman had been working for the police department for almost three weeks. In bureaucratic terms, she was Confidential Informant No. 1129, or C.I. Hoffman. In legal parlance, she was a “coöperator,” one of thousands of people who, each year, help the police build cases against others, often in exchange for a promise of leniency in the criminal-justice system.”

A calculated critique about how the United States currently mishandles drug policy. Today, the FDA continues to use untrained teenagers as informants, losing them to violent retaliation when those higher up on the cocaine totem pole find out they’ve been selling to a snitch. Thank god new legislation was passed in Colorado and Washington a couple weeks ago to legalize weed. We don’t need to be locking kids up for a few grams of weed or forcing them to atone for their sins by sending them into a dark cave filled with bloodthirsty drug lords.

Read the article.