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Citizens can get cash for calling hotline about drug dealers

From time to time, drug crimes are committed in the St. Clair Shores, Michigan, area. Sometimes authorities institute programs to enlist the general public's help in finding the people responsible, so they can endeavor to launch criminal cases. One such program actually pays citizens to report drug dealers, and it appears to be working.

The program, People Against Illegal Drugs (PAID), was started in early October. Despite only having been only operational for a short time, people are using it, and their tips are proving to be fruitful. One tip, just recently, led to the first drug bust for which the program gets credit.

That tip was investigated, and police obtained a search warrant for a house near Eight Mile and Mound roads. There, they found crack cocaine, almost $2,000 in cash, and digital scales. They confiscated all of that and two vehicles that were on the property as well.

The person at the scene has been arraigned on drug possession charges and may have been selling drugs. He has numerous previous convictions for both drugs and weapons charges.

According to the police commissioner, this shows the efficacy of the PAID program. He says that people who live in the area have a right to a safe and drug-free community for themselves and their children. The cooperation and enthusiasm that people have shown for the PAID program is a source of inspiration for the police commissioner, who praised how engaged citizens have been.

The program maintains a confidential hotline. It received 40 calls its first week. If information gives authorities what they need to pursue an investigation and file charges, and all conditions are met, those who give the information can get $500 each.

It has yet to be seen how the program will affect a criminal defense case. An experienced attorney may be able to use different aspects of the program in a defense case. Anyone charged with a crime deserves a fair trial and attorneys ensure that happens.

Source: The Detroit News, "Warren Police make 1st drug bust under tip program," Charles E. Ramirez, Oct. 20, 2017

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