At colleges throughout the nation, law enforcement is enlisting students as snitches to bring in the folks that get students high. However, even though it’s college, these student informants are showing up dead. Cases at the universities of Florida State, Mississippi and Alabama have all had situations where scholastic snitches get fucked up.
One case that has come to the forefront is that of aspiring electrician Andrew Sadek of North Dakota State College of Science. In November 2013, the 20-year-old was caught selling an eighth of weed, then a dub to a student narc. Deputy Jason Weber of the South East Multi-County Agency Task Force (SEMCA) pressured young Andrew into becoming a snitch to snare folks selling harder drugs. Without notifying his parents or a lawyer of his predicament, he began recording his interactions with higher level dealers for the cops. Alas, six months later, he was pulled out of the Red River, with a bullet hole in his head and strapped to a backpack filled with rocks.
Police originally told Sadek’s parents that it was a suicide, but receiving little to no answers to this day, the Sadeks believe their son was murdered for snitching. On Monday morning, Tammy and John Sadek filed a wrongful death suit against Richland County and Deputy Weber. They’ve even reached out to the FBI for the Bureau to take over the investigation from Minnesota and North Dakota law enforcement.
The Daily Beast details the way Deputy Weber coerced Andrew Sadek to rat:
Andrew Sadek was likely targeted by a student tipster, too.
The lawsuit filed by his parents reveals a timeline of his collaboration with police. According to court papers, confidential informants bought one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana from Sadek in April 2013, then purchased a gram days later.
In November 2013, police made their move. Sadek consented to a search of his dorm room, where cops discovered a plastic grinder with marijuana residue. Sadek allegedly admitted to owning it, court documents say.
The next day, Sadek met Deputy Jason Weber at the police station. Weber told Sadek he was facing up to 40 years in prison and $40,000 in fines over two felony charges for the sale of marijuana and one misdemeanor charge over possession of paraphernalia, the lawsuit states.
Deputy Weber told Sadek he would likely serve prison time if he didn’t help police as a confidential informant.
In his video interview, Sadek indicates he only knows two potential pot dealers. “You can’t buy from anybody else?” Weber responds. “Because you’re going to have to do more than just two people to get the felony level down.”
Then Weber asks if Sadek could set up a buy that very day. “I could try,” the student softly replies.
Weber later presses, “You don’t know any football players on campus or anything [sic] that sells that you can buy from or anything?
The deputy tells Sadek he has “two felonies hanging over [his] head” and that he’d need to complete two controlled drug buys on three or four people.
“That fair enough?” Weber asks. “It sounds like you already got two for sure you can do. It’s just a matter of doing two more.”
Weber tells Sadek the faster he can complete the buys, the better.
“Try not to tell your roommate or anybody, because the more people that know… people are going to think you’re a narc,” Weber says.
Before they left the room, Weber said, “The biggest thing too is, when you start, if you don’t know these people… Try to find out who these people are… We just can’t buy from people you don’t know.”
Check out videos further describing the case and of the interrogation below: