According to Aaron Romero, Federal agents paid him with crack cocaine in exchange for him being a rat and helping them with undercover investigations.
In 2011, Aaron Romero, 38, was recruited by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to assist with “Operation Smack City,” which investigated drug sales in Las Vegas, New Mexico, according to reports by The Associated Press.
According to Romero’s suit the DEA Agents gave him crack cocaine causing his drug addiction to resurface. Romero is suing for $8.5 million in damages related to his ongoing addiction.
“The United States government and the defendants affirmatively and intentionally established a pattern of distribution of crack cocaine to (Romero) in order to utilize his addiction to crack cocaine to further the investigation and to ‘stack drug related charges’ against him,” the lawsuit said, which names five DEA agents.
According to the AP:
Romero was later charged with distribution of drugs, but federal prosecutors dropped the charges in January, according to his attorney, Erlinda Ocampo Johnson.
The lawsuit says the arrangement was in violation of DEA policy since the agency did not get prior approval from prosecutors. …
Johnson said news of the arrangement came out during Romero’s criminal case related to a 2012 indictment.
Click link below to read Romero’s complaint.