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Video: Tennessee Cops Appear to Plant Drugs on Suspect

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Maybe all that talk about how to keep from being bamboozled into being busted for weed was useless. Here’s a WSMV video report on a bad bust by some Cookeville, Tennessee cops in which one officer appears to be caught planting drugs on a suspect (“Whoa! Carlos!” cheerfully proclaims Officer Chris Melton. “A bit of weed! Maybe you got you another freakin’ charge!”). The cops also seem to have a hi-sign for the maneuver, which the suspect’s attorney, Ben Winters, finds ominous: “You’ve gotta wonder how many other people have gone through this.” The officer is on administrative leave. Well, this is in the Southland — couldn’t happen here, right?