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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Culture and Language Make Prosecution Difficult

Cultural Differences Complicate a Georgia Drug Sting Operation
Published: August 4, 2005

The federal undercover agents used the slang associated with making methamphetamine; those charged are 49 convenience store clerks and owners in rural northwest Georgia who are all immigrants from India, many with the same last name Patel (very common surname in India). Defendants are claiming that culture and language combined with a result that they were not aware of reason for purchase.
A few excerpts from transcripts are included and give a slightly clearer look at the issue and problems involved.