No doubt you're aware of Bait Car
- the engaging popular reality TV show on the truTV
channel that follows, via tiny hidden video cameras, the exploits of opportunist car thieves who can't pass up the temptation of an empty unlocked car with its engine idling & keys clearly in the ignition crying out "Steal Me!" Of course, as the show's title implies, it is merely bait laid out by police as part of an elaborate entrapment scheme. This entrapment approach as a means of catching "bad guys" has become increasingly more common by law enforcement agencies in recent years. Examples include the NYPD
entrapment scheme in which the cops planted "drunks" asleep on subway benches apparently with their wallets or purses open to thieves. Another example that, like Bait Car
made for good reality TV, was the predator entrapment practice that would become popular Chris Hansen
hosted TV show To Catch A Predator
. Two recent cases of entrapment, that would have made for some interesting TV viewing, are two specific cases by law enforcement that are stranger than fiction and each involved rap music as bait. The two cases, both highly complex and involving approximately one year each, took place in Washington DC and in the UK one and four months ago respectively.
As reported by several news and hip-hop outlets last month in Washington DC cops along with ATF agents
wound up an intricate one year undercover sting operation that entailed agents posing as “music industry insiders” running a "fictional rap label" and amounted to authorities making numerous arrests and confiscating over $7.2 million in drugs and 161 weapons. The DC sting, which began in November 2010 and went to great lengths to ensure results, involved D.C. police creating the Manic Enterprisess
studio in Northeast Washington, even going so far as to create for the fictional label the fictional rap artist Richie Valdez
. (Note that unfortunately - and oddly - no images or music reviews or website links seem to exist of this fake rapper.) Next, reportedly, agents then told the underground world and black market that they were seeking to
purchase weapons and drugs which resulted in money, drugs, and weapons: 161 firearms including a rocket launcher, 29 assault weapons, 80 pounds of methamphetamine, 21 pounds of cocaine, 1.25 gallons of PCP, 24 pounds of marijuana, and undisclosed amounts of heroin and ecstasy.