WaPo: Want to make a million? Become a DEA informant by Joe Davidson:
There’s an unfortunate saying on the street: Snitches get stitches.
Turns out some get paid, too, sometimes very, very well.
Consider this from a new report on major problems with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s confidential-informant program. DEA paid:
• One source $30 million over a 30-year period, “some of it in cash payments of more than $400,000.”
• Nine people $25 million during a five-year period, averaging $555,555 annually, for narcotics-related information and assisting law enforcement.
• A parcel worker more than $1 million over five years, or $200,000 a year.