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Federal lawsuit alleges Lowell police informants planted drugs in scores of cases

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A Lowell man is expected to file a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the City of Lowell and a Lowell police officer who relied on two informants suspected of planting drugs on dozens of innocent victims, a scandal that already has led prosecutors to drop charges in 17 pending drug and firearm cases and to overturn two convictions.

Jonathan Santiago, whose case was among those dismissed, said the informant planted cocaine in the gas cap compartment of his car in February 2012, then alerted police, who arrested him.

Santiago’s lawsuit argues that scores of others may have suffered a similar fate, noting that one of the informants has been working with Lowell police for the last decade.

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