Instead of Solving Rapes and Murders, Cops Spent Months Undercover in Burger King for $75 Pot Bust

Sometimes it’s hard to consider what the cost of the War on Drugs really is. Well, consider the case of the town of Thurmont, Maryland.

In the sleepy town of Thurmont, Officer Nicole Fair went undercover at a local Burger King. The case took months, and cost thousands of dollars. The bust? A whopping 5 grams of weed and two pills.

And now two former Burger King employees, 23-year-old Tommy Lee Miller and 28-year-old Jonathan Brook Moser, face jail time.

“I was hired to help and protect the community of Thurmont, and that was what I was doing. You hear about all the drug problems we’re having here and elsewhere and, whether it’s marijuana or something else, we’re really feeling the effects of it,” Fair said of her role in the arrests. “To be able to do something to directly address that, especially being a new officer, was extremely rewarding.”

No one benefits here except the police department given free reign. Even the people of Thurmont think it’s ridiculous, voicing their dissent on the Frederick News Post:

This is a disgrace, and the police department should be embarrassed. Stories like this are precisely why people hate cops. Congrats on ruining two kids’ lives for a tiny amount of a drug that is completely harmless, and actually legal and helping support the economy in some states. Solid police work right here people.

And:

Are you kidding me. That is about 100$ worth of stuff probably less and your writing a new article about it like its the biggest bust of the year. Why not write the article and the police spending probably 10x the amount of money then the stuff costs. This was pointless and a waste of time just make it legal already maybe then you can actually keep catching heroin and big pill dealers the one actually causing deaths.

But the Thurmont police, and Chief Greg Eyler, aren’t going to stop wasting taxpayer money.

I mean, after all, it’s not as if police money wouldn’t be better spent elsewhere. Oh, wait: If you were murdered today, there’s only a 60% chance of police catching the person who did it. That number drops to 3% if you’re raped. 50 years ago, that number was much higher.

Of course, rapes and murders don’t put money in the police coffers – civil asset forfeiture and tickets do. So you can guess where most police spend their time now.

The murder clearance rate the United States in 1965 was more than 90 percent – meaning fewer than 10 percent of murders went unsolved. Now, courtesy the War on Drugs and the resource divertment it forces? Less than 65 percent of murder cases are solved each year – in spite of there being far fewer murders, and in spite of all sorts of new technological advances.

And the odds of police catching someone if you’re raped? Astonishingly, disturbingly low – a clearance rate of 3% or lower.

According to the Department of Justice, there are currently over 400,000 untested rape kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms nationwide, and many other estimates suggest that this number could be as high as one million – despite the fact that many rapists are repeat offenders, and processing those kits could lead to easy convictions.

Frequently, victims know who their attackers were – yet police don’t process the evidence. Because rape and murder don’t pay.

Is that what you want your tax dollars supporting?
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