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Bremerton Detective Alloway on Drug Informants

Alloway hunting Impala in Africa in April.

There were no “confidential informants,” when Roy Alloway became a drug detective. The job was to “jump in there and buy drugs from people,” he said.

Alloway, who retired this past month — and whose strand of pot is featured on the cover of the Seattle Weekly — described the underground drug world as “just a bunch of circles,” when I interviewed him. “You just try and get one of the people in the circle to flip.”

From there, it’s a matter of working up the chain. “You take down the highest level (the informants) deal with,” he said. “One arrest becomes three and three become nine.”

Drug detectives often equate working with informants as a kind of baby-sitting.

“They’re not boy scouts,” Alloway said. “They’ll steal from you, take the drugs you¹re trying to buy, even perform sexual favors to pocket the money.”