Documents filed by the A.C.L.U. yesterday include a sworn statement from an informant in the sting, saying that federal investigators sent informants only to Indian-owned stores, "because the Indians' English wasn't good." The informant said investigators ignored the informant's questions about why so many South-Asian-owned stores were visited in the sting.The case reminds me of an incident Catonya mentioned in Wichita Falls where an Iranian convenience store owner received a life sentence for selling meth precursors.
Other filings said prosecutors had several tips that more than a dozen white-owned stores were selling the same ingredients, but failed to follow up on them.
UPDATE: Turns out there's a campaign website for "Operation Meth Merchant," with its own blog, no less. Thanks to Bob for pointing to the link in the comments.
NUTHER UPDATE: Pete at Drug War Rant relays an anecdote about precursor laws run amok.