The government gave three Lower Southampton township men $80,000 if they put $320,000 in the bank for them. The government told the men the cash came from drug deals but people can say whatever they want to get someone to do things for money, in this case, $80,000 for a few hours effort. Was it a trap?
Remember John DeLorean? On October 19, 1982, the automaker John Z. DeLorean was arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute 55 pounds of cocaine. He was acquitted in 1984. Entrapment was the defense.
Entrapment occurs when government resort to behavior such as the use of fraud, or even flattery to induce defendants to commit crimes.
Were the three Lower South law enforcement officials lured into a trap? If so maybe they can use that as their defense. Were they given an offer they couldn’t refuse? We don’t know because they have not told their sides of the story. They were “indicted” by a Grand Jury that heard only one side. Stay tuned. This isn’t over yet. We’ll let you know what happens. It may take a few years before we find out because entrapment is an elaborate scheme which could mean a long trial. OTOH, there may not even be a trial because the government used a third party to make the trap more elaborate.