Highway drug interdiction: 5 tips for dealing with decoy vehicles

The car and the driver are the very model for that big load of dope, but as perfect as it looks, this traffic stop could be a decoy


Ever been out on the highway looking for that big load of dope when suddenly the perfect car drives by? You know the one: a car with out-of-state tags, a “D.A.R.E.” bumper sticker, and a Christmas tree air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror. The driver isn’t wearing his seatbelt and he’s going 15 mph under the speed limit. Your blood starts boiling and your adrenaline begins pumping so hard that you lay rubber as you hit your overhead lights to go after it.

Well as perfect as it looks, you’ve probably just gotten behind a decoy vehicle.

Below are five suggestions for when you find yourself stopping a vehicle purposely meant to draw the attention of law enforcement — specifically interdiction cops — so a vehicle with the dope in it can creep on by you while you’re focused on the decoy.

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