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Former Cop Plans To Teach Drug Users How To Avoid Detection

Dec-24-06

 

Barry Cooper used to be a drug-enforcement officer for police departments in Gladewater, Big Sandy, and for the Permian Basin Drug Task Force in Texas. He made over 800 drug related arrests, seized more than 50 vehicles, and confiscated over $500,000 in cash and assets. Now, he calls that career choice a mistake.

Cooper intends to teach drug users how to hide drugs from his former peers.  He has made a new video titled Never Get Busted Again that is aimed at helping drug users avoid detection. Cooper says the video will show drug users how to:

  •  "conceal their stash"
  • "avoid narcotics profiling"
  • "fool canines every time" (do coffee grounds really work?)

Cooper says the War on Drugs is simply wasting our resources and filling our prisons with non-violent offenders. He told the Tyler Morning Telegraph, "My main motivation in all of this is to teach Americans their civil liberties and what drives me in this is injustice and unfairness in our system."

He could also make a ton of cash in the process. Cooper's video could become a best seller among drug users and traffickers who want to know what secrets Cooper may have learned as one of the top narcotics agents in the country.

According to Cooper, he decided to produce the video because he felt pressure from other law enforcement agencies that were jealous of busts he made, and the political pressures associated with arresting a mayor's son and a city council member on drug charges.

Tom Finley, Cooper's former commander with the Permian Basin Drug Task Force , said he was Cooper's boss in the 1990s and said Cooper was the best drug interdiction officer he had ever known.

"He was even better than he says he was," he said. "He had a knack for finding drugs and made more arrests, more seizures than all of the other agents combined. He was probably the best narcotics officer in the state and maybe the country during his time with the task force."

Finley, now a private investigator in Midland added, "I'm definitely not in agreement with what he is doing here and I am all for getting the drug offenders off the streets and putting them behind bars,"

Richard Sanders, an agent with the Tyler Drug Enforcement Administration agrees. He said that he planned to investigate whether Cooper's DVD violated any laws.

Agent Sanders said. “It is clear that his whole deal is to make money and he has found some sort of scheme, but for him to go to the dark side and do this is infuriating.”

Mike Tacker, a former Permian Basin Drug Task Force officer and current University of Texas - Permian Basin police chief, said he doesn’t believe Cooper’s advice will much fool police or their canines.

Tacker told the Odessa American, “No matter what information he gives people, it’s hard to beat those drug dogs, I can tell you this from experience since I’ve been in thousands of drug raids. No matter where you put the drugs, we will find it.”

Smith County Deputy Constable Mark Waters, a drug interdiction officer, said he was appalled at the idea of a former officer selling such a video.

Cooper said the video would only show footage of how certain things interfered with a search and would not go into details, but a three minute video promoting his DVD says he will show the viewer how to beat the system.

According to statements made to various news media, Cooper plans to promote the DVD with the launch of a Web site and a full page advertisement in a national publication targeted toward those interested in illicit drugs next Tuesday.

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