In the first episode of “The Investigators” the episode looks at the impact of drug laws on society. It also looks at the impact of how these laws impact women who have made bad judgment to be mixed up with men involved in the drug trade.
The first case involves a woman named Amy Ralston Pofahl. Amy was an inspiring model/actress who decided to drop out of college to get into the entertainment business Amy’s social lifestyle of partying, however, turned out not to help her career. In retelling Amy’s stories we get interviews with her mom and herself. We also get interviews with former congressional staffer Eric Sterling who says the drug laws in place punish everyone even those who may not be selling drugs and are innocent of wrong doing. However, Republican Bob Barr says that these point of these laws to make an example of everyone in society to not get involved in the drug business even if they themselves aren’t selling drugs. In his words, “people are constantly trying to evade responsibility trying to blame someone else”. We go back into Amy’s story and how Amy’s mother and father disapproved of her new lover, a man named Sandy Pofahl a lawyer. Amy by her account thought this man was her ticket to the good life. On their first date back in the 80s Sandy gave Amy pills of Ecstacy. Amy’s father smelled something bad of Sandy and referred to him as a phony. On November 2, 1985 Sandy and Amy were married despite Sandy’s use of drugs.
As the narrator continues Sandy continues his duties as a lawyer but starts a side business selling ecstacy. The narrator also tells us that it’s uncertain how much Amy knew of the business she certainly was cashing in on with a rich lifestyle with Sandy.
Amy’s modeling career never took off, and she worked for Sandy’s Bancorp office as Vice President of sales. Amy tries to defend herself but admits the marriage was rocky and says that Sandy had a split personality. She then recounts Sandy infidelity. Amy once again reiterates how she knew nothing of her husband’s drug business. We then hear and see how new drug laws punish anyone selling ecstacy. However, we learn that both Amy and Sandy started using ecstacy more and more. Finally she ended up leaving her husband in 1988. She started a new career as a party planner. Despite having failed as an inspiring model, Amy’s career as a party planner took off. Her husband, however, tried to get back with her. He gave her lavish gifts and flowers. Amy agreed to reconcile with her husband, but Sandy was arrested in Germany for running an “ecstacy empire” as the narrator tells us. Amy bailed her husband out of prison despite her husband being a dealer. However, this didn’t leave her husband of the hook. Amy also confesses that she was asked to move drug money into Dallas but says she didn’t know it was drug money. Sandy Pofahl faced numerous charges including conspiracy to sell ecstacy. Amy finally admits she knew she lived of drug money but once again said she never conspired to sell ecstacy. In the second half of the episode, we see the case against Amy Pofahl and Sandy Pofahl.
Sandy cooperated ratting his fellow conspirators and received only four years in prison. However, it was totally a different punishment for Amy. However, we learn that Amy failed to cooperate and do the same thing as her husband. David Packer, a defense attorney, explains how the law in this case serves to be lenient on the drug kingpin (Sandy) and lash out a drug user (Amy). Nevertheless, her actions don’t sum up this case as easily as her defender pointed out. Pofahl went to Florida to get a fake new identify of which the narrator refers to it as a “tactical error”. She continues her “errors” by hidning out in California until she is arrested. Pofahl is tried in Texas, bankrupted, and defended by a local attorney. Her attorney never called her husband or friends to the stand. Amy was giving twenty-four years in prison on many charges including conspiring to deal ecstacy. Republican Bob Barr sums up the sentence by saying it serves as an example of what happens when you don’t cooperate against drug runners. The host concludes this case by telling us that all of Amy’s appeals have been rejected and she has no chance of parole. To add insult to injury, we also learn that her loving husband only served four years in Germany and then remarried twice.
The next case of episode involves Kimba Smith who also received twenty four years in prison for conspiring to sell drugs. By all accounts Kimba’s parents were successful in their occupation. Kimba has no complaints and we learn about her background. Kimba went to Hampton university. She met a boy Peter Michael Hall. The narrator describes Hall as the big man on campus but that actually turns out to be a phony act. Hall is a thirty year old drug dealer who is using the university as a front for his drug dealings.
Kimba and her parents were fooled by Hall’s “act”. Hall was arrested on drug charges. The narrator shows some bias by saying that the “fbi zeroes in on Kimba” yet still says I the same breath that made “foolish choices”. The episode continues with Kimba calling her actions “pathetic” by following whatever Hall said to her even though the DEA was planning to nail him. Bob Barr once again posts his own thoughts about the situation and describes that a woman can’t fake ignorance when a drug sale or plan of selling drugs is going on. The episode seeks to portray Kimba as they did with Amy as the victim of the system and not so much of their actions. However, evidence such as Kimba not reporting her abusive boyfriend to the police show otherwise including a threat he issue against her and her family. Kimba showing more of her foolishness goes on the run with Hall and worst yet becomes pregnant with his child. Kimba eventually decided to turn herself in but it was too late by then. Additionally, she had no info to use as a plea bargain as Peter Michael Hall was found dead. Apparently the victim of a drug deal gone bad. In the end, Kimba is indicted for conspiring to sell drugs, money laundering, lying to federal agents and other charges.. Her decision to plead guilty during her trial was the biggest mistake Kimba had made in her life. Kimba says that her attorney wasn’t truthful and that she didn’t read the plea agreement which supposedly would reduce her sentence. Post interviews try to pad the situation making the women in this case look like victims but they all admit that they committed bad decisions which they have to live with behind bars for a big bulk of their lives.
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