RCMP officers were authorized to help break the law 32 times over five years as part of undercover investigations, including delivering explosives to a potential terrorist and engaging in identity theft.
2014 — Nine authorizations were granted and six were committed.
- The crimes being investigated were: organized crime activities.
- The acts that RCMP officers directed someone to commit were: participating in activities of criminal organizations, dealing in counterfeit money, possession of counterfeit currency.
2013 — Thirteen acts were authorized and four were committed.
- The crimes being investigated were: being part of a terrorist group and facillitating terrorist activity.
- The acts that RCMP officers directed someone to commit were: delivering an explosive substance (or, in legal terms, providing/making available property or services for terrorist purposes and using explosives.)
2012 — Three authorizations were granted, and all three were used.
- The crimes being investigated were: bribery of officers, illegal gambling, and contraband tobacco.
- The acts that RCMP officers directed someone to commit were: frauds on the government, a false statement, forgery, being found in a betting house, unlawful possession of tobacco, unlawful purchase of illegal tobacco products.
2011 — Five authorizations were granted, one of which was used
- The crimes being investigated were: importation of a controlled substance, fraud, conspiracy to commit murder, terrorism activity, human smuggling, drug trafficking, money laundering, and tobacco smuggling.
- The act that RCMP officers directed someone to commit was: making and using a forged document.
2010 — Four authorizations were granted and two were used.
- Crimes being investigated: mortgage fraud, terrorist activity, organized crime running a betting house.
- The acts that RCMP officers directed someone to commit were: going to an illegal betting house and "offences in relation to identity fraud and identity theft."
Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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