Indictments in murder for hire plot

Seven defendants were indicted in a “murder for hire” plot that included three men from South Carolina.  All I know is what is in this news article, but it appears that federal agents solicited murder for hire, offering cash and large quantities of drugs in exchange for the murder and posing as members of the Zetas, and then killed one of the targets during the arrests.

So, the only people who wanted someone dead were federal agents, the ones who offered the drugs were federal agents, and the ones who actually killed someone were the federal agents.  According to the article, the allegations are that the defendants were already involved in at least drug trafficking – to establish an entrapment defense they would have to show that they did not have a predisposition to commit the crimes – but you still have to wonder about the ethics of this type of investigation.


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