By THOMAS KOROSEC
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.