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Scotia shopkeeper’s drug charges dropped

Cops: Confidential informant told lie about cocaine deal

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A businessman in Scotia arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling cocaine out of his shop has been cleared of all charges against him, his innocence proved by his own security cameras, officials said. The case has resulted in the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office reviewing practices for law enforcement agencies working with confidential informants in drug investigations. The case involved the April 6 arrest of 24-year-old Donald Andrews, owner of Dabb City Smoke Shop, ...

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April 30, 2013
8:20 a.m.

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These Confidential Informants already have an incentive to lie by getting their prison sentences reduced and paying them cash to set up someone only gives them more reason to deceive. I don't know what this informant was paid with our tax dollars. However, I am sure that sum of money will pale in comparison to the amount Schenectady County will have to shell out to Donald Andrews for ruining this man's reputation and business. The DA should abandon this sleazy policy of using these informants all together. Just one of the many unintended consequences of the failed war on drugs.