A federal jury on Friday cleared a Los Angeles man of drug and gun-related charges, finding against prosecutors in a case involving a controversial tactic used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that lures suspects into plotting a robbery of a fictitious stash house invented by federal agents.
Jurors found Antuan Dunlap, 25, not guilty of drug conspiracy, gun usage and firearm possession charges after deliberating less than a day. The panel deadlocked on a fourth count of robbery. Prosecutors have the option of bringing a new trial against Dunlap on the robbery charge.
The case against Dunlap had previously been thrown out by a U.S. District judge who made the extraordinary ruling that the federal agents’ actions in the case amounted to “outrageous government misconduct” when they made up a nonexistent crime opportunity and tempted poor people with the promise of a quick payday.
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