By Monica Listokin
"In reverse stash house stings, ATF’s hire ex-offenders as confidential informants and pay them to recruit people from impoverished neighborhoods who are often poor, uneducated and in desperate need of money. The fake plot is to rip off a fictional drug dealer for a huge sum of non-existent cash and drugs. In fact, many homeless men and women as well as drug abusers, with low level education and blocked opportunities are often enlisted. The plan promises an escape from financial hardship and poverty. The ATF ensnares people who need help, not handcuffs.
Federal agents go even further – they ask participants to bring their own weapons and sometimes supply the weapons themselves. At this point, the fake plot to commit a Hobbs Act robbery, the arbitrary quantity of drugs that the ATF determine, along with the possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime of violence carries mandatory minimum sentences averaging 15, 20 years to life in prison. The sentences for these charges are mostly based on the amount of fictional drugs offered by ATF's and this gives the ATF immense power to dictate sentences before the fictitious crime has even been committed."
It's time for a change, and we at reversesting.org are ushering in a movement & petition to seek relief for those who have fell victim to this controversial violation of Constitutional rights. If you would like to join our movement, have any questions or comments, or would just like sign our petition (100,000 signatures needed to get our petition reviewed by Congress), contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you know someone who has fell victim to a reverse-sting operation please have them submit a profile to be highlighted on our home page. Thanks for all the support.
My name is Daniel "~D-Block* " Egipciaco and I fell victim to a reverse-sting operation back in February 2005. The Confidential Informant (aka:SNITCH) on my case had caught a FED case after attempting to steal the buy money for a large shipment of weed from an individual who ended up being a federal agent. Once in custody, the CI agreed to cooperate and worked out a deal to start working for the FEDS setting people up to do these fake stash-house robberies. He made contact with me and acted like a disgruntled currier that wanted to get his supplier robbed for 10 Kilo's of cocaine. He gave me the run-down on how, when, and where the robbery would take place, and insisted that I recruit others to help. The next day he called me numerous times insisting that we meet up, and when we did I was taken into custody and charged with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of Section 1951(b)(1) & (b)(3), conspiracy to posses & distribute 10 kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Section 841(b)(1)(a) (a charge that carries a mandatory Minimum sentence of 10 years; 20 if you have a prior drug felony), and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Section 924(c) (a charge that carries a Mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years to be ran consecutive with any other sentence), along with other charges. After losing trial I was sentenced to a Mandatory Minimum sentence of 25 years. I found out that a few months after my arrest, the same CI and federal agents that set me up had set up three other individuals from New York and got them a rack of time as well. Throughout my entire proceedings (arrest, trial, appeal, etc.) I couldn't understand how the Government was justified, and able to set me up to do this imaginary robbery of imaginary drugs and get away with it. Not only did they get away with it, they managed to get me sentenced to a Mandatory Minimum sentence of 25 years (a sentence much harsher that that given by most states for the worst of crimes like murder, and serial child molestation). Crazy thing was that on the night of my arrest, the agents promised me that I would receive at least 25 years. How could they be so certain??? I hadn't even actually done anything other than agree to attempt to commit the robbery. It's like they had stacked the deck against me and had a guaranteed winning hand. This had to be a violation of my Constitutional rights. It had to be entrapment or some sort of abuse of prosecutorial power!!! How could it be constitutional for agents to make up crime, rather than policing real crime, and have the taxpayers footing the bill??? But lawyers, the judge, and the appeals court insisted it was. I've stayed focused & dedicated to this fight though for the past 9 plus years. Through the graces of the Most High I've managed to navigate through the trials & tribulations of prison life, and even managed to become the President of an inmate initiated, BOP certified organization called Young Men Incorporated (YMI). YMI offers "at risk" youth (between the ages of 18-30), a sound alternative to gang membership through cognitive, vocational, and financial literacy. Our core goal is to inspire, educate, and cultivate the youth, so that upon their return to society they may become a part of society's solutions and cease being a societal problem. I was 24 years old at the time of my arrest, and filled with anger & hatred for the system that imprisoned me and gave me a 25 year sentence. Born in Brooklyn, schooled in Queens, and raised in the streets I was no stranger to the judicial system, so I easily related to the other young men around me. Having worked for the Board of Education with special-ed kids, and having the mentorship of some real O.G.'s, I naturally took the lead-by-example role and quickly worked my way up the ranks of the program. YMI helped me realize that they can incarcerate your body, but not your mind!!! It helped me stay grounded, focused, out of trouble, and determined to leave prison a better person than I came in. I'm now fully equipped & prepared to return to society as a productive member of it, and have ambitions to go out there and open up a chapter of YMI in New York City. The youth are our future, and they need to be informed, inspired, and equipped to break the cycle of young Blacks & Latinos going to prison and falling victim to these streets!!! I've been looking for cases like mine to help me fight these courts all these years, and it wasn't until June of 2013 (when I came across a 3-page article in the USA Today, written by investigative journalist Brad Heath) that I found out about all these cases across the country (over 600 to date) that were exactly like mine. Better yet, these very tactics that I questioned from day one were being criticized by judges across the country. So I took to task the responsibility of helping spread the word and creating a campaign to find relief for all that have fell victim to these controversial policing tactics. That's how this movement & petition to the White House came about, and I'll continue to fight day & night (like I've been doing for the past 9 plus years) until justice is served!!! This shit here is "Stop & Frisk" on steroids and must be put to an end!!! Our culture, when united for a common cause, makes the world go round!!! We've helped repeal the "Rockefeller drug laws", get rid of "Stop & Frisk", and elected our first black president. Why can't we get them to right this tremendous wrong??? If U.S. District Judge Otis Wright can put his neck out there and deem these tactics "outrageous" and a "violation" of our Due-Process rights, why shouldn't we do our part to make sure this doesn't continue to happen and be the voice for those who have already fell victim??? Together we can make this happen!!! New York stand up!!! Hip Hop stand up!!! America stand up!!! Love is Love!!! reversesting.org (Shout out to all the real big homies: Chach, Rah, Blaze, Tut, Stan, Hec, Ching Bing, Ammo, Dre, Chip, Beemo, ya'll know who you are, Love is Love!!!)
MY CASE BEGAN IN APRIL OF 2009 I WAS WORKING FOR A TEMP AGENCY NAMED VOLT THAT WAS LOCATED IN NAPERVILLE ILLINOIS. I HAD BEEN ON ONE CITE FOR ABOUT 8MONTHS WHEN I WAS RELOCATED TO LG ELECTRONICS' SITE IN BOLINGBROOK ILLINOIS. NOT LONG AFTER I WAS THERE, I MET A BLACK WOMAN BY THE NAME OF VANESSA DANIELS FROM AURORA ILLINOIS. SHE INITIATED ALLOT OF CONVERSATIONS ON MANY LEVELS, SOME OF A SEXUAL NATURE. SHE WAS VERY FLIRTATIOUS, ANOTHER COWORKER INFORMED ME THAT SHE WAS MARRIED TO SOMEONE THAT WORKED THERE AT THE SITE. VANESSA LATER INTRODUCED ME TO HER HUSBAND WHO'S NAME IS JEFFERY POTTS, ALSO FROM AURORA ILLINOIS. BOTH SEEM TO BE VERY INTERESTED IN BEFRIENDING ME. THEN THEY BOTH SEEM TO COMPLAIN TO ME ABOUT EACH OTHER TO ME. POTTS BEGAN TO TALK TO ME ABOUT SELLING COCAINE AND THAT HE WAS NOT BACK SELLING AND IF I WANTED IN I THAT HE COULD MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR ME. I TOLD HIM THAT I DON'T AND NEVER HAD SOLD DRUGS AND WAS NOT INTERESTED. HE CONTINUED TO PESTER ME ABOUT IT EVERYDAY AT WORK, THEN HE SAID HE HAD A LICK. THIS LICK WAS NOW TO ROB A DRUG STASH HOUSE. ONCE AGAIN I TOLD HIM I WAS UNINTERESTED AND AGAIN HE PESTERED ME TO JOIN HIM AND ONE OTHER PERSON TO DO THE ROBBERY. HE CLAIMED THAT HE HAD DONE IT BEFORE AND IT WAS EASY THAT HE HAD GOTTEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM THE HEIST. AFTER WHILE I REVEALED TO POTTS MY FINANCIAL STRUGGLE, WHICH SEEM TO SEND HIM INTO OVER DRIVE TO CONVINCE ME TO JOIN. I CONTINUED TO REFUSE, THEN I MISSED THREE DAYS OF WORK BECAUSE WE HAD LOST THE ONLY CAR WE HAD IN OUR HOUSE HOLD. POTTS SEEN THIS AS HIS OPPORTUNITY AND OFFERED HIS HELP. HE GAVE ME MONEY TO MIMIC AN ACT OF FRIENDSHIP. POTTS LET A FEW DAYS PASS AND CONTINUED HIS PRESSURE TO DO THE STASH HOUSE, WHEN I REFUSED HE THEN BROUGHT UP THE MONEY THAT HE HAD GIVEN ME, THEN HE POINTED TO THE TATTOO ON MY RIGHT FOREARM BARING THE LETTERS, "BOS" WHICH REPRESENTED MEMBERSHIP IN THE ""GDs" STREETGANG.I EXPLAINED THAT I WAS NO LONGER A MEMBER. POTTS SAID THAT HE WAS STILL AND ACTIVE MEMBER AND BEGAN TO MAKE REFERENCES TO THE MONEY HE HAD GIVEN ME AND THE NEED TO DO THIS ROBBERY. IT WAS AT THIS POINT AND ONLY AT THIS POINT THAT I AGREED TO BE APART OF THIS AFTER FEELING PRESSURED TO DO SO. HE STATED THAT HE HAD DONE THIS BEFORE AND IT WAS VERY EASY. I EXPLAINED THAT I HAD NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE WHEN HE TOLD ME THAT WE WOULD BE MEETING WITH SOMEONE ELSE. SO HE COACHED ME EVERYDAY AT WORK ON WHAT TO SAY WHEN WE MEET THE OTHER PERSON. THEN BEFORE WE MET WITH THE UNDERCOVER AGENT. POTTS THEN ASKED ME IF I COULD GET MAYBE ONE OR TWO PEOPLE TO COME ALONG. I TOLD HIM THAT I DIDN'T KNOW BUT HE MADE CLEAR THAT WHEN WE MEET WITH THE THIRD PERSON, I WAS TO TELL HIM THAT I ALREADY HAD THE PEOPLE. SO WE MET AND I DID ALL THAT CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT JEFFERY POTTS INSTRUCTED ME TO DO SO THAT I WOULD CONVINCE THIS THIRD PARTY WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE UNDERCOVER AGENT DAVID GOMEZ. AFTER THE FIRST MEETING AND BEFORE THE SECOND MEETING. I RECEIVE A CALL FROM POTTS AND HE EXPLAIN TO ME THAT DAVE WAS PROCRASTINATION ON SUPPLYING HIM WITH COCAINE AND WANTED ME TO ASK HIM TO SEE WHAT HE WOULD SAY. IRONICALLY , DAVE CALLED ME AROUND TWENTY MINUTES AFTER POTTS CALLED ME, I FORGOT TO ASK SO I CALLED DAVE BACK AND ASKED WHAT POTTS ASKED ME TO ASK HIM. THEN I CALLED POTTS SECONDS AFTER HANGING UP AND INFORMED POTTS OF WHAT HE SAID. MY PHONE CALL TO DAVE WAS THE ONLY PHONE RECORDING PLAYED DURING MY TRIAL AND SO CONVENIENTLY, THE TWO CALLS WITH POTTS WERE THE ONLY TWO PHONE CALLS IN THE RECORD THAT WASN'T RECORDED. BUT THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE CALLS TOOK PLACE. AFTER PLANNING THIS CRIME WITH POTTS, HE AND HIS WIFE DROPPED ME OFF AT MY RESIDENTS AND HAD GIVEN ME A DUFFLE BAG FILLED WITH GUNS AND BULLETPROOF VEST WHICH WILL LATER BE THE EVIDENCE WE ARE CHARGED WITH. I WAS ABLE TO GET THREE PEOPLE TO COME AND LISTEN TO WHAT POTTS HAD TO SAY. AFTER THE MEETING, THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT AND I FELT TRAPPED INTO HAVING TO PULL IT OFF AND I TALKED TWO OF THE THREE TO COME BACK AND TO BRING MY BROTHER. I ONLY WANTED THEM TO DROP ME WITH DAVE AND THEY WOULD HAVEN'T TO DO ANYTHING ELSE. BUT WE WERE ARRESTED, SOON INTO THE COURT PROCEEDINGS; THE GOVERNMENT FILED A MOTION TO IN LIMINE TO PRECLUDE THE ENTRAPMENT DEFENSE WHEN I NEVER ASKED FOR AN ENTRAPMENT DEFENSE AND UNAWARE THAT THIS ISSUE SHOULD NOT BE DECIDES DURING A PRETRIAL STAGE OF THE COURT PROCEEDINGS. SHOCKINGLY, THE GOVERNMENT WON ITS MOTION. THOUGH I PRODUCE EVIDENCE AGAINST PREDISPOSITION, THE COURT WEIGHED THE EVIDENCE AND DECIDED THAT I DIDN'T MEET THE BURDEN OF PROOF. WHICH I THOUGHT THAT THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS HAD THE BURDEN OF PROOF. BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAD EVEN CONCEDED TO THE INDUCEMENT PART OF TWO PRONG ENTRAPMENT ISSUES. SO I PROCEEDED TO TRIAL EVEN THOUGH I KNEW THAT I WOULD LOOSE. THE GOVERNMENT OPEN THE TRIAL WITH HEARSAY, STATING THAT POTTS SAID I WAS THE ONE INTERESTED IN DOING THE STASH HOUSE ROBBERY. PLUS WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO CALL OR CROSS EXAMINE POTTS AS A WITNESS. IN TRIAL I TOOK THE STAND IN MY OWN DEFENSE AND THE PROSECUTOR WAS SO FURIOUS THAT HE COULD NOT BREAK ME DOWN ON THE STAND THAT HE GRABBED TWO GUNS THAT WERE IN EVIDENCE AND SLAMMED THEM ON THE TABLE, STARTLING EVERYONE IN COURT ESPECIALLY THE JURY. THE JUDGE HAD TO SCOWL THE PROSECUTE AND SOON AFTER THAT, THE JUDGE CALLED FOR A RECESS. EVERYONE THOUGHT THAT I WOULD SURE BE BROKEN DOWN AFTER THE RECESS BUT THE PROSECUTION ASKED ME ONLY A COUPLE QUESTIONS AND GOT ME OFF THE STAND WHICH SHOCKED EVERYONE. BUT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WON THE MOTION TO IN LIMINE, MY ATTORNEY WAS NOT ALLOWED TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS THAT WOULD LEAD TO THE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT JEFFERY POTTS BEING MENTIONED. HE COULD NOT ASK ANY QUESTION ABOUT US BEING AT WORK TOGETHER. I FORCED THE INFORMATION INTO MY TESTIMONY BUT MY LAWYERS WAS NOT ABLE TO DIRECT THE QUESTION FOR OUR LEGAL DEFENSE. WE WERE ALL FOUND GUILTY AND I LESLIE MAYFIELD WAS SENTENCE TO 27YEARS FOR A DRUG OFFENSE WITH NO DRUGS, MY CODEFENDANT MONTRECE KINDLE WAS SENTENCED TO 25YEARS, MY CODEFENDANT AND STEP BROTHER WAS SENTENCED TO 25YEARS, AND MY OTHER CODEFENDANT NATHAN WARD WAS SENTENCE TO 22 AND A HALF YEARS. TOTALING 99 AND A HALF YEARS IN PRISON WITH NO DRUGS. TECHNICALLY WITH ALL OF OUR CHARGES WE WERE ACTUALLY SENTENCE TO TO WELL OVER TWO HUNDRED YEARS BUT SOME CHARGES WERE RAN CONCURRENT. MY BROTHER WHO WAS ONLY TWENTY ONE AT THE TIME ONLY HAD ONE PRIOR DRUG OFFENSE FOR ONE TENTH WHICH IS THE SIZE OF AROUND FIVE TO SEVEN MATCH HEADS. HE WAS 851 BY THE PROSECUTION AND WAS GIVEN A MANDATORY MINIMUM OF TWENTY FIVE YEARS AND BETWEEN THE TWO CASE OF HIS, THIS ONE AND THE OTHER. THE TOTAL DRUG ABOUT WAS THE EQUIVALENT OF SEVEN MATCH HEADS. BECAUSE THIS CASE HAS NO DRUGS IN IT, BUT WE ARE CONVICTED OF A DRUG CHARGE BECAUSE OF THIS REVERSE STINGS SO THAT CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS WHO WERE CAUGHT DOING CRIME, CAN PAY THEIR DEBT BY LYING SCHEMING AND TRICKING OTHER PEOPLE INTO CRIMES. JEFFERY POTTS HAD A LONGER CRIMINAL HISTORY THAN EVERYONE ON OUR CASE. NOT EVEN SIX MONTHS AFTER SETTING US UP, JEFFERY POTTS COMMITTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST HIS SO CALLED WIFE VANESSA DANIELS. IN WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Our sons Julio and Javion Camacho were arrested on January 2012 due to a reverse sting operation that was orchestrate by government officials. The agent s CI (confidential informant-career criminal preying on others in order for leniency) was advised to follow through on a request by setting up several people to rob a make believe stash house with drugs, our boys (minority- African/Hispanic) were unemployed, had hard time finding employment and fell for the scheme in hope of being able to obtain some quick cash.. The plan was put into action several months after the initial meeting with the CI. The CI gave my son Javion the run-down on how, when and where the robbery would take place and insisted that he recruit others to help. The CI provided all of the necessary tools (weapons, transportation, etc.) in order to facilitate and insure a successful outcome.. The young men were all arrested prior to approaching the stash house. The officers confiscated weapons, vest, ski mask, etc. from an automobile that was parked nearby.. The boys did not have anything in their possession during the arrest that would ve caused bodily harm. As citizens of this GREAT country-we cannot understand how the government is justified in this case, and able to set up the boys to do this imaginary robbery of imaginary drugs and get away with it. How could it be constitutional for agents to make up crime, rather than policing real crimes? In our opinion, part of our criminal justice system is not performing duties it was originally intended to, or performing them in an improper way, to the detriment of the system's original purpose. Extremely depressing, it seems that courts repeatedly uphold this practice as not being entrapment. Many have been questioning why are the law enforcement officers spending so much time and tax payer s dollars creating fake plots that don't seem to protect anyone (but do give lots of big headlines about "stopping crimes!"), but the courts have basically let it go. Unfortunately we were not able to afford an attorney to represent our sons-they were assigned a public defender. The public defenders convinced them to avoid trial by accepting a plea deal or face maximum time if found guilty during trial.. They were also advised that the Feds wins 97% of cases- it was basically a no win situation.. My sons accepted the plea deal because of their poor decision. Unfortunately, the CI s statements were accepted by the judge as proof/evidence that our sons are hardening criminals with long (unprosecuted) history.. The sentencing judge actually enhanced our sons punishment due to the CI s testimony yet with no actual proof Further, we were not given date/time of the alleged acts that was mentioned by the CI in order to discredit the CI s statement.. Overall, our sons were basically a target of an Agent and the CI the plan they had in motion was successfully executed. Our son Julio was sentenced to 12 years (cop-out deal) and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm -possession is having, holding and controlling it- this was not the case in the matter.. Javion was sentenced to 21 years (cop-out deal) for conspiracy to distribute narcotics, a sentence much harsher than that given by most states for worst of crimes . . The government should not prosecute for an imaginary crime subject to a very real punishment a punishment which rests entirely on the agents whims. This case is now in the appellate court division- we are praying for a good outcome.. We are hardworking voters, tax payers and law abiding citizens. We did our very best to set good examples for our children to follow. Unfortunately our boys are victim of society/environment. We appreciate this great nation for our freedom and salute those (servicemen, law enforcement, etc.) that serves our best interest/purpose.. However, we do not condone entrapment in order to punish the innocent On behalf of victims (including our sons) to this controversial violation of constitutional rights-I will continue to share my story with those that may have access to the public s ear and hopefully make a difference... Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to read this message!! Respectfully, Mrs. Camacho