Agents Exploited Disabled People, Let Teens Smoke Pot
By Harold Hutchison
EXPLOITING THE DISABLED
Tony Bruner was way down in life. With an IQ in the high 50’s, he was classified as “extremely intellectually deficient.” According to reporting by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bruner, who had a felony conviction on burglary charges, had difficulty holding down a job near Wichita, Kansas. He was getting pressure from his grandmother, with whom he was living, and his probation officer to locate employment.
Eventually, he was hired to work at a company called Bandit Trading. Hopefully, that would be the end of his trouble. The people at the company would buy him meals at McDonald’s, or give him items of clothing, cigarettes, or cash payments of $20–50, depending on what he brought to the store. However, unbeknown to him, the company was a front operated by undercover agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), and they would proceed to take advantage of the vulnerable Bruner.