Ex-undercover cop reveals the murky world of informants

This article is typical of deep state murkiness. While not directly related to 9/11, this information could be informative in understanding 9/11. - simuvac

Ex-undercover cop reveals the murky world of informants

WEST Midlands Police spent £20,000 on a single tip from an informant – and would regularly turn a blind eye to serious crime to protect their sources.

These are just some of the shocking revelations from a former undercover cop who has spilled the beans on the murky world of the snitch.

Ronnie Howard spent 23 years as an undercover detective working for West Midlands Police and the National Crime Squad.

A tough, no-nonsense, old school copper like Gene Hunt from TV’s Life On Mars, he took on pushers, pimps and fraudsters and, at the peak of his career in Birmingham, would run between 15 and 20 informants at a time.

For the first time the Sunday Mercury can reveal how the police worked with the criminal underworld in order to get the job done.

“All the top criminals will have a cop they are talking to all the time,” says Ronnie. “It’s an insurance policy for them in case anything goes wrong.

“I admit there were plenty of times we turned a blind eye to crimes because they were being carried out by informants – that was common practice.”

He reveals that, although top cops in the command chain regarded informants simply as “flies on the wall” privy to the gossip of the underworld, they were almost always shadier characters than that.

“The management at the top used to have the wrong idea,” he says. “They thought of them just as flies on the wall but the truth is that they couldn’t have known the things they did if they weren’t criminals themselves.

“The top brass used to kid themselves that this wasn’t the case. They were too afraid to admit that the police allowed certain crimes to go ahead in order to solve others.

“There was one top informant, for example, who blew the lid on a cannabis importation gang, even though he was a top drug dealer himself.

“We allowed him to carry on dealing because he helped us smash the scam and we recovered a ton of cannabis.

“Without him we would never have been able to pull that off. It just proved how important informants are to the police – they are crucial.”

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Sounds a lot

like Peter Lance's story about the TWA 800 bomb but with a different twist. Cops milked a Mafia pigeon in jail then turned on him to cover the real story and save an FBI SAC who had been dealing corruptly with the hood's daddy.