Friday, February 16, 2001

Ex-GM workers claim they were set up

The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A former worker at General Motors' Corvette plant testified Thursday that he has never smoked marijuana but bought a bag of it for an undercover agent after constant badgering from her.

        Eight former Corvette plant workers are suing GM and Aset Corp., the investigative company based in Dayton, Ohio, for $120 million for violation of privacy and defamation of character, alleging the carmaker planted a “spy” in the Bowling Green plant to purchase drugs from them.

        Rodney Dixon, 52, testified that undercover investigator Tonya Bradford repeatedly approached him inquiring about his weekend, his personal life and where she might purchase marijuana.

        “I kept telling her I didn't do drugs, and I had no idea where she could get some,” Mr. Dixon testified in U.S. District Court.

        The eight plaintiffs were arrested in 1998 and charged with trafficking in marijuana after a 16-month investigation by Ms. Bradford, GM and Aset. Charges were later dismissed.

        Normal Walker, 51, testified that Ms. Bradford lied about his involvement in her reports and that the arrest had led to the breakup of his marriage.


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