KopBusting Ex-Narc Plans To Sue Police for Millions

CANNABIS CULTURE – Ex-narcotics officer Barry Cooper is fuming over a police raid on his home and plans to sue the officers and officials involved for $30 million, calling their conduct “obvious retaliation” for a sting operation he pulled on Texas police for his show KopBusters.

“We are going to sue every Williamson County officer involved in the raid, the judges who signed my warrants, the sheriffs department, and the jail for false imprisonment,” Cooper told Cannabis Culture. “According to my lawyers, it will be about $30 million.”

Cooper, who served almost a decade as a drug enforcement officer before renouncing his past and becoming a marijuana activist, was arrested last week by Williamson County officers who claimed he filed a false police report during the setup for an episode of his Internet show that targets corrupt cops.

After arresting Cooper for the misdemeanor, 10 or more officers raided his home with guns pointed at his wife and seven-year-old son, and eventually found less than a gram of marijuana in the form of a few roaches.

Cooper, who is running for Texas Attorney General, has successfully busted police with a sting he calls “Finders Keepers” where a bag containing $45, some unused glass pipes, a fake drug-debt list, and a hidden GPS locator is placed in a public place and reported to police as suspicious. In a successful sting on a Liberty Hill police office he recorded for KopBusters, the officer took the money and ditched the bag.

When the KopBusters team attempted the sting again in Florence Texas, police didn’t take the bait and retrieved the “suspicious package” in the legal manner. Later, police reviewed a recording of the phone call reporting the package by a caller identifying himself as “Ted Smith”. Officers claim they could hear Cooper talking in the background, and filed for the arrest warrant.

Sergeant Gary Haston writes in the affidavit for Cooper’s arrest warrant, “Upon review of the recorded telephone call made to the communication center at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office for this event, [Haston] was immediately able to discern the second, unidentified voice on the call as belonging to…Barry Neal Cooper. [Haston] is familiar with Cooper’s voice from having heard him speak on numerous occasions in videos posted by Cooper on the internet website “YouTube,” as well as Cooper’s own website “Nevergetbusted.com.”

“Our lawyers are laughing at that affidavit,” Cooper said. “First of all, it wasn’t a false report. According to the affidavit for the warrant, the caller said there was a suspicious bag at the school. Well, there was a suspicious bag at the school, so that’s not a false report. But even is there was a valid case of a false report, it would be for the person who made the call, not someone talking in the background.”

Cooper says police raids for misdemeanors are unheard of, and points to the presence of narcotics officers who kept asking “what do you have in your garage?” during his arrest as proof that a lot more was going on behind the scenes.

“In my entire law enforcement career and since I’ve been out I’ve never heard of a raid being conducted on a home for a misdemeanor,” Cooper said.” They knew that the arrest warrant affidavit would not pass the smell test with a real judge, so they took it to a Justice of the Peace.”

He says police probably expected to find a large marijuana growing operation at his house, which would have overshadow their shady methods. When they didn’t find any pot plants, police scoured the house and came up with only a few roaches – not much, but enough for a pair of arrest warrants for Cooper and his wife Candi. Though they have both been charged with possession, Cooper says after pleading guilty, the courts would probably knock the charges down to a Class C misdemeanor and a fine.

He says his family has been turned upside down in the raid – a terrifying four-hour experience where shouting police came through the front door with guns drawn, and eventually seized computers, electronic equipment and even his wife’s iPod.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s office did not return phone calls to Cannabis Culture.

The lawsuit will be filed in the next couple weeks he says, and he will continue fighting corrupt cops for those who can’t.

“This is proof that if you do fight back against corruption, you will get raided and go to jail,” Cooper said. “It is not a fair system and it is intimidating for people out there who want to change things. That’s why we will keep fighting.”

UPDATE: Big props to one of my favorite reporters, Stephen C. Webster from True/Slant (pictured standing behind Barry in the photo above) for his diligent reporting on the KopBusters (and for mentioning Cannabis Culture in his latest piece).



  1. Andy on

    Cops are the biggest “gang” on the planet. They need to be kept in control by someone. This man’s a fucking hero for dealing with this over his fight for corruption.


    Let Marc and him run the fucking world.


    These Dirt Bags are Not Cops. They Lied on their Oaths to Protect, Serve and Uphold the Constitution & Protect the Rights of Others. We can clearly see that none of that is of any interest to them. They only do what serves them. What puts Power and Money in their pockets. Nothing Else. Sue them. Win. Then consider Moving Away. They’ll never forget losing, and will always be laying for you.

    Good Luck. Hang Tough.

  3. Anonymous on

    Donation link is on the right side of the website, nevergetbusted.com. If we all kick in $10.00 the SS (sorry I meant police) would really get stuffed on this one. He is a hero, plain and simple. 100,000’s of people have given their lives to protect the basic freedoms that these officers and judges are so glibly taking away. Barry is only one of many brave souls who are leading this charge, so lets get out there and cover their backs. Go to the aforementioned website and give what you can.




  5. GenX 2012 on

    America’s “YOUNG VOTERS” will soon take over the Political TORCH(Libertarians all the way to the White House)..PLEASE Beware..THE END TO GLOBAL DRUG WAR NEARS!!..GenX’rs Support 110% === RON PAUL/Barry Cooper in 2012!!

  6. Anonymous on

    Keep it up Barry your making them sweat, there nasty filthy kops who cant handle the logical truth, thanks barry

  7. Anonymous on

    keep fucking with those dirty pigs!

    and you’ll end up in the pig pen.

  8. Anonymous on

    Help Barry and buy a copy of his video, he did not break any laws.

  9. Anonymous on

    Lets set up a donation for him. I would without a doubt send him 10-15$.

  10. Brad Dean on

    you rule barry!!!!!!

    keep fucking with those dirty pigs!

  11. Deno on

    I wish someone would come to Santa Ana CA. to help… Medical Merijuana is Legal and the cops still bust are shops, because they will lose out on $ales

  12. ToxicSludge on

    Hang tough Barry,you have the pigs on the ropes that’s why they are breaking the law to get you.You are exposing the blue wall of shit,they are hating it and we are loving it.

  13. Steve on

    I will not be posting here anymore, until you get your filter fixed. I know, boo hoo for me. Seriously, it is messed up. I posted a message of support and it blocked me, twice. Lets see if this one gets thru.

  14. Anonymous on

    Ok who wants to send money to help Barry.

    any body?

    any one?



  15. Anonymous on

    Epic fail.