Texas Deposition With Joe Jamail
Define That Term #171

Hey Officer--He Stole My Pot!

Headline of the day:  Man calls 911 to report stolen drugs

From the article:

The victim told police Thursday that a buyer had pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and stole the drugs...The victim was booked into Sedgwick County jail on several charges, including possession with the intent to sell drug.

As stupid as it may seem, this type of occurrence isn't as uncommon as you might think.  For some reason, people believe that the police are going to be more concerned about the theft-related crime than the crime of drug possession  Sometimes they're right and sometimes they're not.  It's really a toss up. 

I think that the cops balance the relative "badness" of the complainant and the suspected robber.  For example, I was involved in one case where the police turned a blind eye to the fact that the complainants--some college kids--possessed pot (a lot of it) since some really "bad" inner city guys with extensive criminal records forcibly stole it from them using semi-automatic weapons.  But then again, I've seen other cases where the drug possession wasn't ignored, much to the dismay of the "victim".

My 2 cents:  if you're dealing drugs, getting ripped off on occasion is just the cost of doing business.  I wouldn't recommend getting the cops involved--unless of course they're interested in making a purchase--which wouldn't surprise me one bit.

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