How to anonymously report drug possession

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In the United States, illegal drug possession can carry penalties as serious as prison time or as mild as a small fine. Citizens wishing to anonymously report offenders may do so through various channels.

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  • Computer with Internet access
  • Telephone

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    Find your local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office and file an anonymous tip. If you prefer, call 1-800-BE-ALERT, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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    Leave a tip with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (see Resources below).

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    Contact your local police or sheriff's department. Ask for the crime reporting division and inquire about your right to remain anonymous.

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    Leave a tip with Crime Stoppers. Check its official Web site for your local chapter to obtain more information (see Resources below).

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    Report drug possession anonymously to WeTip. Call 1-800-78-CRIME or visit the Web site (see Resources below). Tips are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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    Inquire as to whether or not you are eligible for a reward. Often, law enforcement agencies offer rewards to generate leads. If your tip leads to an arrest or conviction, chances are promising that you may be eligible for an award.

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    Tell 9-1-1 operators you want to remain anonymous. Otherwise, your identity may not be protected, and the responding law enforcement agent may make public contact with you.

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    Protect your neighborhood. If you notice drug activity increasing in your neighborhood, children's school district or near your place of employment, start a local chapter of an advocacy group like Neighborhood Watch or Crime Stoppers.

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    Pay attention. Suspects often repeat behavior. Record any new information about the suspect and relay it to the agency where you made the initial tip.

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    Request any identifying information, such as codes or case numbers, for your tip. This allows you to track the progress of the information you provided.

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    Confide in someone you trust. If you don't feel secure about your anonymity when providing a tip, ask a trusted person to do it for you. Your local school officials or any judges or lawyers you personally know may be able to help.

Tips and warnings

  • Confidentiality is not the same as anonymity. Always request to provide a tip anonymously before relaying the details. You can retain your right to anonymity only by requesting to do so first.
  • Drug possession is a punishable offense and is considered a felony under certain circumstances. Employers doing background checks may refuse to hire applicants with prior convictions or arrests.

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