The letter (Feb. 27), "LAPD Drug Buys in the Schools," by two American Civil Liberties Union staff attorneys must be refuted.
In summary, the ACLU attorneys argue that the school-buy program is a conspiracy of dishonest relationships established by undercover officers to entrap only innocent students into providing them small amounts of marijuana as gestures of friendship because real drug sellers are "too sophisticated" to sell to an undercover officer. That same ACLU argument was rejected by the courts years ago.
As recognized by the court, the facts are due in significant measure to the school-buy program's success over the last 13 years, innocent youngsters can now go to school as students without having to run a gauntlet of drug pushers on the campus, in the school's corridors and, as they once did, even in the classrooms. Most drug transactions are now completed off-campus after purchase agreements have been reached on-campus.
As for the "too sophisticated" drug pushers, during the same most recent school-buy operation, undercover officers infiltrated a network of peddlers operated by a previously convicted peddler who used seven juveniles as his cocaine (mostly crack) salespersons.