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Reputed Louisiana drug dealer accused of raping informant jumps bail

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A reputed drug dealer accused of raping a woman police informant sent into his house in an unmonitored sting has skipped bail and was a no-show at what was supposed to the start of his trial.

Antonio D. Jones’ alleged attack was reported in an Associated Press investigation last month and his disappearance only deepened the criticism of law enforcement's handling of the case.

Deputies in the central Louisiana city of Alexandria say they never considered such an attack might happen and didn’t provide the woman with recording devices that could be monitored in real time.