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Secret Police Prepare To Entrap UK Coke Users

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, February 14, 2005
London's new police chief Sir Ian Blair is planning to use cops disguised as drug dealers to catch middle class recreational cocaine users, the Sunday Times revealed this week.

"We are not going to burst through doors to raid Islington dinner parties but I do want to make people concerned that they might be buying their drugs from a police officer," Sir Ian explained. "That would be an interesting idea, wouldn't it-"

While The Times suggested the Commissioner's plans "sound suspiciously like entrapment', his strategy to mobilise secret policemen reflected the predictions of former Scotland Yard chief George Churchill-Coleman, who warned several weeks ago that British authorities are becoming dangerously dictatorial.

"I have a horrible feeling that we are sinking into a police state and that's not good for anybody," the former head of the Met's anti-terrorist squad told the Guardian. "We live in a democracy and we should police on those standards," he suggested.