Here’s the passage that explains it all:
Under questioning from Boyce-Smith, two police officers admitted they were receiving overtime pay in exchange for the buy-bust operation. One of the officers also acknowledged on the stand that his department receives federal grants for the stings.
Federal anti-drug grants are enormously popular with both parties. Republicans like them for your usual tough-on-crime reasons. Democrats like them because they’re seen as a way of transferring federal money to low-income areas. Or just because it’s another federal spending program. And really, what politician is going to publicly oppose federal grants to pay for more overtime for cops?
These grants provide a strong incentive for police agencies to put a much higher priority on drug enforcement than they otherwise would, often at the expense of policing crimes with actual victims.
Good on this jury for acquitting Jones, in what may have been an act of nullification. But the acquittal won’t undo the waste of public money that put Jones in a courtroom in the first place.