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It appears prosecutors don’t really want to put a cocaine-abusing informant who crashed an unmarked police car on the stand. Several defense attorneys said prosecutors began offering plea deals last week in some drug cases that had been scheduled for trial. The cases stem from 41 drug buys made by the D.C. police informant during a five-month drug sting last year at the Woodland Terrace public-housing project in Southeast D.C. Repeated discovery requests last month by defense attorney Donna Beasley revealed the informant failed drug tests last year while on probation for his own cocaine-possession conviction, crashed an unmarked police car after blacking out, and was kicked out of a witness-relocation program for beating up a family member. Eleven of the 23 Woodland Terrace defendants already have pleaded guilty, but prosecutors did not provide required discovery about the informant to defense attorneys in those cases, according to a motion filed by Beasley. Prosecutors have offered to waive mandatory debriefs in plea deals for some of the defendants, meaning they would not have to provide details about any criminal acts committed by themselves or accomplices. When asked about the plea deals, Channing Phillips, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, said, “I’m not saying it isn’t true, but as a prosecutor I can’t talk about plea deals.”
Brendan Smith can be contacted at [email protected].

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