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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: thesaneone
The problem is this:
First of all, when an officer of the law is concerned that a container may have drugs or other contraband substances within it, they are supposed to secure that container or package as evidence, and prevent its being tampered with, not goad a suspect into, nor permit them to interfere with it, for example, by opening it up and taking a sip. For example, you would not recommend, nor allow a person who claimed a packet of coke was flour, to bake with it, because to do so would interfere with the evidence. The moment a suspicion was raised, the bottles should have been taken away for testing.
Also, with the suspect who was in the process of smuggling said contraband now dead, he cannot be flipped and encouraged to identify or describe the individuals or individual who had him make the trip. This means that the only information the authorities will be able to pass on to other law enforcement agencies in the region, will be forensic data on the composition of the chemical within the bottles, which, while potentially useful in some regard, would not be nearly as helpful as the information which died with the suspect traveler.
If the important thing is to end the supply of these types of drugs, then getting the most information possible out of those who are smuggling them, or performing the role of mule, is absolutely vital, because it will allow better, more precise action to be taken against the origin point of these drugs and those who hold sway over their production.
You can kill a thousand monkeys before an organ grinder hangs up his instrument.