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Maria Martinez was in a jam. Caught trying to buy three kilos ofcocaine, she faced 15 years in prison.

So she cut a deal with Homestead police and the Miami-Dade stateattorney’s office. She agreed to become a confidential informant whowould help the police in sting operations against drug dealers.But the arrangement got the 42-year-old mother of five killed.A year ago, while posing as a dealer during a sting in a Homesteadapartment, Martinez died in a hail of gunfire between police andalleged drug buyers.

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