A New York business owner was targeted by local police after they became suspicious of his store. As a result, they sent in an undercover informant on two separate occasions who ultimately hurt them a lot more than he helped.
On the second visit, the informant allegedly planted and photographed crack cocaine, which led to the arrest of store owner Donald Andrews Jr.
Andrews operates a “smoke shop” in Scotia that sells incense and other smoking paraphernalia that can easily be used for other illicit activities.
Andrews' attorney, Kevin Luibrand, narrated a video that was shot by in-store surveillance cameras that appears to show the informant planting and photographing the crack.
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"He comes in [and] places the crack on the counter," Luibrand said. "Crack, which under federal sentencing guidelines, would get him 4 years in jail. Under New York State law would get him 2 to 7 years in jail."
There are seven cameras in plain view in Andrews’ small store.
Andrews was released after he got police to look at the multiple angles that his cameras captured. The informant has fled. He is facing perjury and possession charges.
"With an informant like this, he will lie and plant things and he can't really be trusted," said Robert Outlar, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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Andrews has started filing a lawsuit for wrongful arrest, WNYT reported.
A video about the story is below: