It is common practice in narcotics units to cultivate informants, usually drug dealers or drug users. Information these informants provide to the police may result in the arrest of other dealers or users. Virtual immunity is often granted to those who cooperate with the police. Where are the ethical lines to be drawn in this arrangement?
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Morally, this is unacceptable and sends the wrong signals to criminals: you can commit a crime and not be punished for it. This will only encourage criminal activity.
The small drug user is ruining the lives of people just as much as the big dealer, and must be punished as well. It must also be remembered that the small drug dealer will be promoted to a bigger one if the big dealers are arrested and will also continue in his/her illegal activities
The problem seems to be the lack of manpower or resources put in to deal with this problem or inefficient means of detection or information -gathering. This should mot lead to collaboration with criminals and allowing them to get off and continue with their dangerous actuviyes..
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