Crash of a Shooting Star

A promising career is derailed by a heroin bust

From the police's standpoint, it was a routine undercover procedure, a smalltime heroin sting. The "dealer" in the Washington motel room last Monday night was a District of Columbia policeman. The buyers were two unwise young men: the acquaintance who set them up with the dealer was a police informer. In short order, five parcels, half a gram of heroin in each "nickel bag," were exchanged for $150. The dupes headed outside, into a circle of four waiting police officers. Winston Prude, 32, a lawyer,...

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