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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Wrongly jailed immigrants get $5.6 million

Police informants planted fake drugs in a scandal that cost Dallas millions

Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

DALLAS - Sixteen immigrants who were wrongly jailed after police informants set them up with fake drugs will receive $5.6 million to settle their federal civil rights lawsuits, a city attorney said Friday.

Through much of 2001, a group of confidential informants working with street-level narcotics officers planted 330 kilograms of fake cocaine and methamphetamine on 30 unsuspecting residents. Most of the victims were Hispanics who spoke little English and could not afford lawyers.


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