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The idea that undercover cars have to be "marked" in some way so as to give the public a fighting chance is simply an urban legend. The police have no duty to do anything to announce their presence to the public if they are undercover and trying to catch people in criminal actions.
The same goes for the myth that if you ask an undercover police officer if they are a cop they can't lie to you.... I am not sure where that myth came from, but it is ridiculous to think that an undercover narcotics officer could have his cover blown because he has to admit he is undercover if asked..
And if you weren't asked for ID, that means that he clerk is going to get cited for underage sales to a minor as well..
So the fact that the car wasn't obviously marked as being a police vehicle won't be a defense to the charge.
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