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Philly police reliance on informants has risks

By Andrew Maykuth and Joseph A. Slobodzian
Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Police Department is heavily dependent upon informants to build cases against drug dealers, a reliance whose risks are painfully apparent as a probe expands into the conduct of its undercover narcotics unit.

Officer Jeffrey Cujdik, whose soured relationship with a confidential informant triggered a federal-local investigation into the Narcotics Field Unit, employed informants to justify 95 percent of his drug searches in the last three years, records show.

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