Cops Go Undercover at High School to Bust Special-Needs Kid for Pot: Why Are Police So Desperate to Throw Kids in Jail?

Californians Doug and Catherine Snodgrass are suing their son’s high school for allowing undercover police officers to set up the 17-year-old special-needs student for a drug arrest.

In a video segment on ABC News, they say they were “thrilled” when their son — who has Asperger’s and other disabilities and struggled to make friends — appeared to have instantly made a friend named Daniel.

“He suddenly had this friend who was texting him around the clock,” Doug Snodgrass told ABC News. His son had just recently enrolled at Chaparral High School.

“Daniel,” however, was an undercover cop with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department who ” hounded” the teenager to sell him his prescription medication. When he refused, the undercover cop gave him $20 to buy him weed, and he complied — not realizing the guy he wanted to befriend wanted him behind bars.

In December, the unnamed senior was arrested along with 21 other students from three schools, all charged with crimes related to the two officers’ undercover drug operation at two public schools in Temecula, California (Chaparral and Temecula Valley High School). This March, Judge Marian H. Tully ruled that Temecula Valley Unified School District could not expel the student, and had in fact failed to provide him with proper services.

– Read the entire article in AlterNet.



  1. gutrod on

    This is the vision Richard Nixon had back in the 70’s to make America safer.
    We live in a police state full of robo cops just waiting to pounce on some innocent citizen. Entrapment, whatever it takes. The lawmakers makes it’s own rules of engagement. The war on drugs is the biggest bust in history.

  2. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    Kids are easy targets for cops. Gullible, trusting, easily fooled. Cannabis probably helped this kid and when the kid finds a buddy he wants to help out, bam, no good deed goes unpunished.

    Cops wanna keep drugs out of schools, and they think by doing stings like this it does, at least for a while, which may be effective from their point of view. However, if the kids make the arrangements at school but do the transaction off of school property the drug(s) are not on school property but the kids get busted anyway. It doesn’t really stop young almost adults from doing what adults around them do. We know that over the years the % of kids doing weed rises and falls on its own trends, basically. So parents don’t want their kids doing any kinds of drugs and they don’t want the drugs at the school, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be around people at school or outside of school who are drugs-free. Society isn’t drug-free. There is no such animal as Drug-Free America, except for the organization itself. The concept they represent is unreachable.

    Is there a cash for kids flow here between the LEOs and drug treatment programs and juvenile detention centers?

    Interesting article below out of Pennsylvania:


    A Pennsylvania judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison in connection to a bribery scandal that roiled the state’s juvenile justice system. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of taking $1 million in bribes from developers of juvenile detention centers. The judge then presided over cases that would send juveniles to those same centers. The case came to be known as “kids-for-cash.”

  3. Anonymous on

    Back in the sixties we called scums like this pigs. Forty years later here we are with the same pigs destroying American lives. Quit voting for republicans and democrats, they are the problem and they will never try to fix it.

  4. Bud Grinder on

    “Why Are Police So Desperate to Throw Kids in Jail?”

    Isn’t it plainly obvious? Its because nabbing kids like these is easy and safe. The ignorant mercenary thugs don’t give a shit about the actual people. All they want is to have their rice bowls filled without having to put out any real effort.

    For sure all their corrupted souls will rot in Hell for eternity.

  5. Anonymous on

    Hey Dad what did you do today at work ? Well son I busted a special needs kid with five bucks worth of pot. Son To dad I hope your proud of yourself,, you know we aren’t winning the war on pot right? Dad you are a disgusting human pos . Dad I ant to move out you make me sick. Once I was proud of you now you’re just a idiot like all the other cops out there. I can’t wait to move out of here you are pathetic , maybe you should go to the LEAP website and see how real cops think.

  6. Spaceman on

    Our present government has been accused of being Socialist. Ugh, this smirks of police state dictatorship. I think at this point socialism would be a relief from this dictatorship crap that has been going on for nearly 100 years. God when is this shit going to end. Give us democracy, Governments throughout the world. But, it still shocks me that countries with the resources that USA,and Canada has still chases people to prosecute for Pot, worse yet going after kids like this. Spaceman from the southeast of the US.