Falmouth, MA police are so hard up for work, they’ve had to resort to plots from 21 Jump Street to break up a nefarious “drug ring” of horny teenage boys who where willing to score marijuana and ecstasy for an undercover female agent. 23-year-old Kaitlin Keane, an employee with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department posed as a senior at Falmouth High School and was known as “shy but always looking for a party.”
With a concocted sob story about a “mother dead and father chronically absent” Keane was always on the prowl for any dumb kid who could get her some some marijuana or ecstasy which she needed to “kill the pain”, even going so far as “” as one parent of an arrested student noted. Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings denies the allegation, but didn’t say whether Keane would submit to a drug test herself (which would certainly slam-dunk the tactics as entrapment).
Some, like Matthew Machera, the former Suffolk assistant district attorney, are incredulous. Saying he’s never heard of police doing such undercover work in high schools he called the tactic used in the Falmouth bust “outrageous.”
“What strikes me as odd is if it was so prevalent, why did an undercover police officer have to dig so deep?” he asked. “As a prosecutor I wouldn’t be comfortable with this. Why should she have to make up a sob story? That’s something you’ll have to explain to a jury.”
[image credit:— April 2002 Bridgewater, Massachusetts]