An investigation into drug sting operations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) finds most people arrested are racial or ethnic minorities, according to USA Today.
ATF has more than quadrupled use of sting operations in the past 10 years, the article notes. The bureau entices suspects to rob a drug stash house that does not actually exist, in exchange for a promise of as much as $100,000. Prison sentences resulting from the sting operations can be a decade or more.
The newspaper reviewed court files and prison records, and found at least 91 percent of those arrested were racial or ethnic minorities–almost all of them black or Hispanic. That rate is much higher than among people who are arrested for violent crimes in big cities, or for other drug and gun offenses or other federal robbery.