Peter Zeidenberg / Long prison terms for low-level drug mules are unjust - Press of Atlantic City: Commentary

Peter Zeidenberg / Long prison terms for low-level drug mules are unjust

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:01 am

When I was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, a common practice of narcotics officers was to walk the aisles of Amtrak trains when they stopped at Union Station and ask "suspicious" passengers for permission to search their bags. The officers were looking to intercept "mules" moving drugs to New York from Florida for major narcotics dealers. Although travelers had the legal right to deny these search requests, this was never explained to them beforehand, and many agreed to have their bags examined, often resulting in the seizure of large amounts of drugs.

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