buy-and-bust operation


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Noun1.buy-and-bust operation - an undercover operation by narcotics detectives to catch unsuspecting drug dealers
undercover operation - an operation involving secret work within a community or institution
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Glenville Lovell's Too Beautiful to Die presents its protagonist, Blades Overstreet, a former New York City policeman, with a combination of all three as he tries to wait out a cash settlement from a botched buy-and-bust operation that resulted in him getting shot and seriously wounded.