|People who help police arrest drug dealers can earn thousands of dollars and avoid drug charges of their own. But some continue to commit crimes and falsely accuse suspects.
This three-part series examines the role of confidential informants in the so-called "War on Drugs."
The sign on the office door could be for any downtown Charleston business. The receptionist's area within also seems nondescript, save for the fellow at the desk with the pistol jutting from his waistband.
Ernest Lee White probably never would have murdered Robert Morris if they hadn't both been secret drug informants.
Ronald Dean Hicks saunters up the stone steps of the Kanawha County Public Library. He won't be checking out a book or browsing the newspaper racks. He's looking to get paid.