Nightmare: How the government recruits snitchesSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 00:30
BBC News: ...Take the case of 46-year-old John Horner, a fast-food restaurant worker who was prescribed painkillers after he lost an eye in an accident in 2000. Three years ago he was befriended by a man called Matt (not his real name).
"We kind of clicked right off the bat. One day he came to where I worked. We were standing there talking, and I realised he was in pain," says Horner. "He laid it out on me, 'Look dude, I can either pay my rent or go buy my prescriptions. I can't do both.' I decided Matt was a friend. I said, 'I'll help you out.'"
What Horner didn't know was that Matt was an informant working for the Osceola County Sheriff's Office in central Florida.
Over a period of several weeks, Horner provided Matt with four bottles of prescription pain pills - morphine and hydrocodone. He says he also lent him money. On the last occasion Horner handed over pills, he was arrested.
"The next thing I know I got a guy's knee in the back of my neck grinding my face into the concrete. I'm told, 'You're under arrest for trafficking.'"
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So John gets sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 25 years in the slammer. Guess what he can do to reduce that sentence?