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Chong Charges Bong Bust Bogus

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This week, Entertainment Weekly takes on the case of Tommy Chong vs. the Drug Enforcement Administration. Chong, you may remember, spent some time in federal prison after being nailed in Operation Pipe Dreams, a DEA effort attacking the drug paraphernalia industry. He insists he was targeted because of his celebrity, and maintains the DEA planted an employee inside his family bong company. That doesn't sit well with Mary Beth Buchanan, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and chief Operation Pipe Dreams prosecutor. Here's what she had to say about Chong's charges:

We identified all the major suppliers from around the country who were offering these illegal products for sale, and the business run by Chong and his family was one of those distributors. There were no employees of the DEA or agents of the DEA who were working in Chong's business. That's the polite way of saying, 'Bulls -- -.'

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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