Pennsylvania Town Used Confidential Informant and Undercover Cops to Arrest a Man For Selling Bongs

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Water pipes similar to those sold at Piper’s Smoke Shop. Credit: Hector Garcia/wikimedia commonsLimerick, Pennsylvania must be the safest town in America. That’s the only reason I can think of why police there used a confidential informant and undercover police officers to build a case against a head shop owner for selling the kinds of things one normally finds at a head shop.

According to The Mercury News, Piper’s Smoke Shop owner Craig Hennesy was convicted this week of “possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia and advertisement of drug paraphernalia” after undercover police officers visited his store and observed glass pipes for sale, and a confidential informant purchased a grinder and rolling papers.

Assistant District Attorney Evan Correia, who prosecuted the case, argued that Hennesy had it coming because a police officer warned him before he opened his store that glass pipes were considered drug paraphernalia.

“I’m going to

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