Five men face years of incarceration for an alleged elaborate robbery scheme that was entirely planned by law enforcement officers. According to a news report in The Baltimore Sun, the men were arrested for conspiracy to distribute drugs, robbery, and gun violations. Each of the suspects faces more than a decade of mandatory prison time, even though the planned robbery did not take place and never could have.
The men argue that they would not have considered such a robbery if it had not been suggested by the law enforcement officials who conducted the sting operation. The authorities, however, believe that the men are known offenders and that reverse sting operations are legal tools to ensnare difficult-to-catch criminals.