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NM Woman Looks for Pot on Craigslist

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on October 13, 2011 6:49 AM

Not many people would turn to Craigslist to buy weed. But Anamicka Dave, 29, of New Mexico did with an ill-advised Craigslist ad. She's now paying the price.

Sure, the online listing site has advertisements for all manner of goods. You can buy and sell electronics, furniture, and other goods. You can even use Craigslist to find an apartment or a "casual encounter."

But be warned: use Craigslist to solicit drugs and you might get caught. Which is exactly what happened to Ms. Anamicka Dave.

She allegedly posted a Craigslist ad stating that she was looking to buy some weed.

Police saw the listing and responded, posing as sellers. They arranged to meet Dave and arrested her when she showed up at a public parking lot for the exchange.

Does the would-be marijuana purchaser have any defenses?

Criminal defendants can have a valid defense of entrapment if officers induced defendants to commit a crime.

The defense can vary depending on what jurisdiction you're in. Some states require proof that the defendant wouldn't have committed the crime if law enforcement hadn't persuaded or defrauded them. Other states only require proof that the scenario orchestrated by the authorities created a risk that crimes would be committed by those that wouldn't normally have broken the law.

In Dave's case, it doesn't seem like the defense would work. She did blast over the entire Internet that she was looking to purchase marijuana. The police could argue that she would have committed the crime anyway.

Anamicka Dave was booked on a charge of criminal solicitation after her arrest, according to UPI. And most likely, she's learned her lesson: don't use Craigslist to buy weed. You never know who may be reading your ads.

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