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Floridian Justin Laboy's love story is not that traditional. It's not a "teen falls in love with high school sweetheart, and lives happily ever after" story. No, it's quite different. It's a "teen falls for undercover cop, gets busted for marijuana" story.
Yeah, you read that right.
Laboy's boyish crush landed him in some legal trouble, according to the Huffington Post.
Laboy's story was showcased on the radio show "This American Life." He talked about how his crush turned out to be a 25-year-old cop.
Laboy said that the cop pressured him into buying her marijuana. He procured the drug for her after much delay. Laboy said he never smoked or did drugs himself. But that he would have done "anything" for his teen love.
He never suspected that she was a police officer. That is why he was likely surprised when he was arrested and charged with a crime. He now has a felony to contend with. He spent a week in jail and was put on probation. Originally, Laboy planned on joining the Air Force. With the criminal conviction his future becomes more uncertain, reports The Daily Mail.
You may be wondering if the police were in the wrong. After all, maybe Laboy was just a moonstruck kid. Perhaps he would never have committed the crime where it not for the police's involvement.
Entrapment can be a defense to certain crimes. But the elements may vary depending on the jurisdiction you are in. Some states will require some evidence that the defendant would not have done anything illegal if it weren't for the undue persuasion or fraud of law enforcement. Other jurisdictions require some evidence that the law enforcement agent created some sort of risk that individuals not inclined to commit the crime would commit it anyway.
Well, was Justin Laboy's incident one that qualifies under entrapment? It's probably something that the lawyer for the teen who fell for the undercover cop likely considered as part of his defense.
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