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Vegas Cops Ordered to Fork Over 25k to Tripper They Planted Drugs On

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 20th March 2006 5:44pm
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Las Vegas police have agreed to pay $24,999 to a man who claimed police planted drugs on him in an exercise to train drug-sniffing dogs and then arrested him for possession.

Mark Lilly had sought $50,000 in a suit backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada for being unjustly charged in July 2004 with possession of cocaine.

I am heartened that Mr. Lilly got some measure of justice, said ACLU of Nevada executive director Gary Peck. I am very disappointed the officers who I believe were not truthful in a criminal proceeding remain on the force.

Lilly had been detained for trying to sell fake drugs to undercover officers. Then canine officer David Newton placed real drugs in Lilly's car as a training exercise for his dog, but forgot to retrieve the packet of cocaine, police said.



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