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Proposal to Restrict Children In Police Drug Stings


LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A lawmaker wants to restrict the use of children in police drug stings after authorities in suburban Detroit used a 14-year-old boy to help bust a suspected drug dealer.

Republican state Sen. Mike Kowall of Oakland County's White Lake Township tells the Detroit Free Press for a Friday story he's crafting legislation to address the use of juveniles as confidential informants.

Some other states have similar laws. Draft legislation could be ready this month.

The legislation comes after police said they made the right decision to use the boy in a March sting.

The sting came to light after a 35-year-old parolee was arrested for trying to sell marijuana in a Lake Orion park. The child's participation has been criticized by prosecutors handling the case as being potentially dangerous.

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