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Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah,
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RMIN 2016 State Impact Sheets

 

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What Law Enforcement is Saying About RMIN

 

“The staff at RMIN were extremely accommodating and helpful in this case. They provided me with a top-quality product in a very short amount of time for use at sentencing in this case. To do so, they had to work collaboratively with me and our local law enforcement officers from thousands of miles away. We encountered more than a few issues, but the RMIN personnel demonstrated absolute commitment to the task under some very stressful conditions. I am very thankful for their assistance, and I would highly recommend RMIN services to anyone in need of case preparation assistance.”

—County Attorney Wyatt Glade
Custer County, Montana

“Not only was [RMIN] very professional throughout the whole process, but [RMIN] worked extremely hard to hit all of the deadlines that our prosecutor put on [RMIN] at the very last hour. I am looking forward to working with [RMIN] again on another case in the future.”

—Special Agent Lindsie Butler
Office of Inspector General–Denver Field Office
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“The Lamar Police Department would like to thank you and RMIN for the analysis of the cellular telephone. It was done in a very timely fashion, and the assistance was greatly appreciated. We did not know what to expect from RMIN, since we had not had much done in the past. We were very impressed.”

—Sergeant Dave Reid
Lamar, Colorado, Police Department

 

 

RMIN 2017 Success Stories

Analytical Services

Embezzlement: The Deming, New Mexico, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN financial fraud staff in an embezzlement investigation in which forensic accounting analysis was conducted on a large amount of questionable business records. The RMIN analyst showed that more than $20,000 had been embezzled by the defendant, a former employee of the small business.

Embezzlement: The Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office in New Mexico requested RMIN’s assistance in an embezzlement investigation. The defendant pled guilty to third-degree embezzlement from $2,500 to $20,000. Because of the expert opinion and objective view that was provided by the RMIN accounting fraud examiner, the victims accepted the arrangement of the plea deal. The victims will file a claim through their insurance company to recover the loss.

Homicide: The Miles City, Montana, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with a homicide case involving a defendant who allegedly had committed two homicides in different Montana counties (Custer and Missoula) and allegedly had injured another woman during a knife attack. The RMIN staff provided communication analysis of social media and cell phone data. The defendant was convicted and received a sentence of 100 years for the homicide, plus an additional 10 years for the use of the weapon (knife) in the assault.

Homicide: The North Las Vegas, Nevada, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff in a homicide investigation. The RMIN analyst created cell site maps and call timelines using phone record data to display the conversations between the two defendants. One defendant took a plea deal earlier this year. The second defendant was found guilty in federal court.

Homicide: The Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with an investigation involving a homicide. The victim was shot in the chest while meeting with an unknown subject(s). It is believed that the subject took the victim’s cell phone after he was shot. The RMIN staff mapped the victim’s phone data to document the path that the handset traveled after the homicide. The maps reinforced other evidence validating investigative leads. This case is ongoing, because the suspects were identified but are still at large. The investigating agency approved the release of this information by RMIN.

Homicide: The Twin Falls, Idaho, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with a case that involved a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed while riding his bicycle in a residential area in Twin Falls. Phone records for two suspects were obtained by the case detective and sent to RMIN for analysis. Using the records, the RMIN staff created maps to show the location of the phones, placing the suspects at the scene of the homicide within four minutes of the call into the dispatch center. The corroboration of the phone records and other evidence resulted in the arrests of the two suspects.

Homicide: The Denver, Colorado, District Attorney’s Office requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with a case involving a husband who had shot his wife while high on marijuana edibles. After several agencies attempted to access the victim’s locked cell phone, the phone was submitted to RMIN, and other cell phones of the same version were used to test whether the process to access the phone would also wipe the phone, rendering it useless. The process was successful, and the downloaded contents confirmed conversations between the victim, the defendant, and their friends discussing the couple’s rocky relationship and their financial difficulties in the months prior to the homicide. A poor financial situation and subsequent stressful relationship were believed to be part of the motive for the homicide. The defendant subsequently pled guilty to second-degree murder.

Homicide: The Gallup, New Mexico, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with a homicide investigation. The victim was located by her husband, who was also the suspect, after he reported her missing. The RMIN staff provided cell phone data mapping to locate the area where the victim and the suspect were on the day that the victim reportedly went missing. The suspect has now, more than one year later, confessed to killing his wife and was arrested on first-degree murder and tampering with evidence charges. For more information about this case, read the following article: http://gallupsun.
com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10469:husband-arrested-for-allegedly-murdering-wi
fe&catid=175:public-safety-&Itemid=602.

Homicide: The Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department requested assistance from RMIN analytical staff with a homicide investigation. The suspect’s cell phone records were analyzed and mapped for presentation to the grand jury, and an arrest warrant for the suspect was issued.

Sex Crime/Homicide: The Denver, Colorado, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN digital forensics staff. In order not to jeopardize the data on the locked, state-of-the-art evidence cell phone, the RMIN staff obtained an identical phone on which the analyst practiced the process to unlock that specific phone model. That process was then used to successfully unlock the evidence phone and download the information. Initially, three arrests were planned, but two additional arrests are now likely. This investigation is ongoing.

Attempted Homicide: The Goodyear, Arizona, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with an attempted homicide investigation in which the suspect shot another male subject through the arm. There was limited evidence in the case and no suspect confession. RMIN assisted the officers in developing the suspect’s raw cellular data into a format that could easily be deciphered. Diagrams of the suspect’s calls and movements were then created from the data, which showed the suspect in the immediate area at the time of the shooting.

Narcotics: A small Colorado police department requested assistance from the RMIN computer forensics staff. Because a full physical data extraction from the evidentiary cell phone was not supported by the usual cell phone analysis tool without rooting the phone (revising the operating system to allow administrative access), a procedure known as In-System Programming (ISP) was used to obtain a full data extraction directly from the phone’s memory chip, without the need to root the phone. This investigation is ongoing and could be expanded.

Narcotics: The Lamar, Colorado, Police Department requested RMIN digital forensics assistance in an ongoing multijurisdictional narcotics investigation. The request was to recover data from a cell phone handset and save it in a digital format to allow investigators to search the data for information related to the investigation. A successful extraction was completed on the handset, and the data was provided back to the agency in a format and time frame that benefitted their investigation. The suspect took a plea agreement.

Theft/Narcotics: The Pueblo County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Department of Public Safety had submitted two separate analytical casework requests to RMIN analytical staff for assistance. After review, similarities within the two cases were identified. The RMIN staff connected the two detectives, and it was determined that the cases were related. The agencies are now working together.

Assault/Robbery: The Maricopa County, Arizona, Attorney’s Office requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff for video enhancement to identify the vehicle and subjects involved in an armed robbery. A RMIN analyst also testified in this case as an expert witness for the prosecution to provide rebuttal against the defense expert. The jury came back hung, and a mistrial was declared. Before retrial, the defendant pled guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, after which he will be placed on supervised probation. This subject was a repeat offender and had been released from prison three weeks prior to this offense.

Robbery: The Elmore County, Idaho, Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with a robbery investigation in which an Elmore County deputy had been dispatched to a fight in progress. While the deputy was en route, a female subject entered and robbed a bank in the area and then fled the scene with the stolen money. She was located several days later and arrested on robbery charges. RMIN analyzed the evidence and prepared charts that visually placed the female suspect in the area the day of the robbery using event and call timelines and cellular phone maps from the suspect’s phone data. The investigation continues.

Fraud: The Arizona Attorney General’s Office requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with a fraud case involving 18 victims who had responded to online ads for employment and had been told that they needed better credit to get the job or become business partners. The primary suspects then allegedly encouraged the victims to get bank loans and send the money to the suspects, and they would repay the loans using that same money, which would strengthen the victims’ credit scores. The suspects instead spent the money. The loans went into default, and the victims’ credit scores deteriorated. Victims were forced to file bankruptcy and find additional employment to pay off the loans, and some even succumbed to divorce. Approximately $187,776 was allegedly stolen from the 18 victims. Most of the victims were in their twenties and seeking part-time work while attending school. RMIN linked the online accounts to the suspects’ phone numbers, bank cards, and e-mail addresses, creating a nexus between all of the suspects and the victims. The primary suspects, along with two of their associates, were arrested.

Fraud: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, in Colorado requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff in a case involving Medicare fraud. A podiatrist had rendered routine nail-trimming foot care and fraudulently billed Medicare to meet the exception to the routine foot-care exclusion. The RMIN analyst organized phases and details of the investigation into a comprehensive presentation that was used during a meeting with the defendant’s lawyers. After this meeting, the defendant pled guilty on all eight counts of 18 U.S.C. 1347 Health Care Fraud.

Officer-Involved Shooting: The Canyon County, Idaho, Critical Incident Task Force requested assistance from the RMIN digital forensics staff with an investigation involving a neighboring law enforcement agency’s officer-involved shooting during a domestic disturbance. Assistance was requested was to combine the involved officer’s audio and patrol car video, the video from the suspect’s residential surveillance system, and the 9-1-1 call in chronological order of the event to determine whether the suspect’s actions toward the officer justified his use of deadly force against the suspect. Based on the video presentation, the officer was exonerated in his use of force.

Analytical/Audio/Video Services

Assault/Weapons/Robbery: The Durango, Colorado, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN audio/video staff in a case involving a robbery and the stabbing of a victim at a bank automated teller machine (ATM) during daylight hours. The RMIN analyst provided a comparative analysis on the suspect’s vehicle and clothing, which aided in the identification, arrest, and sentencing of the suspect. According to the
La Plata County, Colorado, District Attorney’s Office, the suspect in this case took a plea agreement.

Assault/Weapon: The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN analytical staff with a comparative analysis on a pistol that had been used during an assault. Items submitted for comparison were an image of a pistol taken by a friend of the suspect prior to the crime and images of a pistol that had been recovered from a river. It was determined by the RMIN audio/video staff that additional images were needed that depicted the same angle and similar lighting as the image taken by the friend. With those additional images provided by the detective, the results were much better. The suspect took a plea for a minimum of five years on three felony charges.

Analytical/Intelligence Research Services

NOTE: This is an update to a previous success story.
Homicide: The Park County, Wyoming, Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the RMIN analytical and intelligence research staff with a criminal homicide case that began with a headless, handless, unidentified male corpse. RMIN staff created bilingual posters showing the victim’s clothing and requested information about the case. The posters led to new investigative leads in the case and the identification of the victim. Three suspects were ultimately arrested and convicted for the crime. In May 2017, the final suspect pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 to 35 years in prison. The other two suspects had already accepted plea deal convictions and sentencing. This final conviction brings closure to the case and judicial resolution for the victim’s family.

Analytical/Intelligence Research/Publications Services

Kidnapping: The Eureka County, Nevada, Sheriff’s Office was called to a burned truck in the wilderness. A couple of days later, the deputies retrieved the vehicle identification number (VIN) from the vehicle and discovered that it had been involved in a parental kidnapping from Boise, Idaho, which was reported the same day that the truck was found. The RMIN Law Enforcement Information Coordinator (LEIC) for Nevada and Idaho assisted with coordination between the Boise Police Department and the Eureka County Sheriff’s Office. RMIN provided intelligence research and analytical and publications services to investigators in both states. Eureka County deputies searched the wilderness and found the suspect (flagged as armed and dangerous and a drug user) and his two little girls, who were rescued safe and sound.

Confidential Funds Services

Narcotics: The Sierra County, New Mexico, Sheriff’s Office requested RMIN confidential funds to make controlled purchases of methamphetamine (meth) and heroin using confidential informants. Five search warrants were obtained and executed, which led to the arrests and prosecutions of eight defendants for drug trafficking in Sierra County. The RMIN funds helped combat drug traffickers in this county. Three thousand dollars in U.S. currency; 6 ounces of marijuana, valued at $1,200; 3 grams of heroin, valued at $150; and 108 grams of meth, valued at $10,800, were recovered. The local street price for meth doubled as a result of this effort. New targets and information continue to be developed through ongoing investigations.

Digital Forensics Services

Assault/Burglary/Gang/Identification Theft/Robbery/Weapons/Attempted Murder: The Arvada, Colorado, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN digital forensics staff to conduct a phone analysis. The defendant had been arrested for attempted murder in Arvada. Subsequent investigation connected him to a series of burglaries, home invasion robberies, auto thefts, and identity thefts. The forensics analysis of his phone, including Short Message Service (SMS) messages, photos, and GPS coordinates, assisted in resolving this case and other crimes. Three vehicles, valued at $42,000, and five computers, valued at $60,000, were recovered. More than 30 cases were prosecuted that resulted from this investigation. The defendant recently entered into a plea agreement, with a potential sentencing range of 22 to 32 years.

 

 

Field Services

Counterterrorism: The Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) requested assistance from the RMIN field staff to train its Criminal and Custody Intelligence Unit (CCIU) on the indicators of homegrown violent extremist (HVE) behavior to aid/assist the CCIU staff in recognizing extremism and identifying extremists within the MCSO jail system. As a direct result of that training, the CCIU personnel discovered the exact referenced “extremist materials” within the cell of one of the jail inmates. The inmate had been provided that material by his wife under the guise of legal documents. The wife was then arrested. After further investigation, MCSO and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) authorities discovered that both the husband and the wife were HVE coconspirators in planning to plant a bomb at the jail and kill the officer in charge of the correctional facility. That HVE conspiracy plan was discovered, exploited, and neutralized by the diligent efforts of the MCSO investigators who had received their initial HVE training from RMIN, just weeks before the discovery. That successful preemptive case immediately validated the HVE training event. Those HVE arrests received widespread local media coverage.

Intelligence Research Services

Homicide: The New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney’s Office requested assistance from the RMIN intelligence research staff in locating the witness to a double homicide. As a result of the information provided by RMIN, the investigator was able to locate and serve a subpoena to this witness.

Homicide: The Glendale, Arizona, Police Department was investigating an officer-involved shooting on behalf of the Avondale, Arizona, Police Department. The suspect had pointed a firearm numerous times at Avondale officers, who were forced to shoot and kill him. He was tentatively identified, but there was reason to believe that he was using an assumed identity. Glendale officers contacted the RMIN intelligence research staff, who positively identified the suspect. The suspect was also a registered sex offender in Nebraska. Because of the information located by RMIN, detectives made proper notifications and closed the case.

International Crime/Child Pornography: The RMIN intelligence research staff was contacted by a federal (RMIN member) agency to assist in researching investigative leads on a worldwide undercover investigation. This case also involved INTERPOL. With RMIN’s research assistance, the case has now expanded to many countries on multiple continents. One hundred eighty-five dossiers were built, from which 25 search warrants (in 16 states, plus DC) were issued, along with 6 indictments–17 indictments are still pending. The indictments all involved the possession, distribution, and accessing and production of child pornography. Through the support of RMIN and the importance of using fusion centers to quickly build dossiers in large cases, a “lessons learned” was presented at INTERPOL to individuals from more than two dozen nations. In addition, the concept of utilizing RMIN/RISS will be presented at the 2017 Internet Crimes Against Children Conference.

International Crime/Child Pornography: The RMIN intelligence research staff assisted an Arizona federal agency with researching investigative leads on a multinational human trafficking undercover investigation. The case has now expanded to several countries on multiple continents. This success story was first featured in the January edition of the RMIN bulletin. Since then, five additional arrests have been made in the United States, including a minister, a school principal, and an instructional aide for mentally disabled persons. All five subjects held professional jobs, working actively with young adults, youths, and/or children. They were arrested for possession, distribution, and production of child pornography. This case is ongoing and continues to expand.

Case update approved for release.
Cybercrime/Human Trafficking/Child Pornography: In an ongoing international criminal investigation involving several law enforcement agencies working with DHS/HSI in Arizona, RMIN has been actively used for intelligence research to further develop several criminal leads. Through RMIN assistance, operational results in the last six months (April–September 2017) have resulted in 16 arrests, 15 sentencings, 4 pleas (pre-sentence), six victims identified, and seizures including $49,490 in U.S. currency, $18,483 forfeited to the government (plea), and one vehicle, valued at $24,000.

Narcotics: The Las Vegas, Nevada, Metropolitan Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN intelligence research staff in identifying an individual involved with smuggling a large quantity of narcotics. A driver’s license photo was obtained to aid law enforcement personnel in apprehending the suspect upon arrival at an area airport. The suspect, a member of a drug trafficking organization, was identified, and
6.7 pounds of heroin, valued at $240,000, was recovered. Prosecution efforts will ensue.

Assault/Pursuit/Live Shooter Incident Support: The Yavapai County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the RMIN intelligence research staff in identifying a suspect who had fled from deputies during a traffic stop and fired a weapon at the deputies during the pursuit. RMIN provided the agency with a photo of the suspect while the pursuit was still in progress. The suspect ultimately crashed the vehicle and fled on foot towards a wild animal park, and the park went into lockdown. Law enforcement officers distributed the photo immediately to all agencies involved in the ongoing pursuit. The suspect was quickly apprehended, after hiding in a ditch within the park. This incident received news media attention throughout Arizona.

Burglary: The Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN intelligence research staff in an investigation involving the theft of valuable items from a vehicle. The burglary suspect had called the designer of one of the items, a custom-made ostrich leather purse, to inquire about its value. Using an open source search, RMIN identified the possible name of the suspect, and he was subsequently arrested in possession of the stolen property.

Human Smuggling: Homeland Security Investigations/ICE in Arizona requested assistance with an investigation of an illegal alien “stash house” in Phoenix. The RMIN intelligence research staff identified the owner who paid utilities at the house and used the information to identify all vehicles registered to the owner. The RMIN staff then requested information from the National Vehicle Locator System to determine the locations of those vehicles. As a result, 13 illegal aliens were apprehended. This case is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.

Missing Person: The Glendale, Arizona, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN intelligence research staff with a case involving an elderly man who went missing from his group home in Glendale. The victim suffers from dementia and health problems that require medication to stay alive. The missing man did not have a photo on file at the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division nor at any other Arizona police department. The RMIN staff provided a California driver’s license photo that the Glendale detectives used to create a missing person flyer. The media outlets broadcasted the information, and the man was located and was safely returned to his home.

Special Event: The RMIN intelligence research staff provided on-site assistance at the East Valley Gang and Criminal Information (EVGCI) Fusion Center in Arizona in support of multiagency law enforcement coverage for a special event, called Arizona Bike Week. The event involved several cities within Maricopa County during the first week of April, and several outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG) attendees were present. The RMIN staff provided intelligence research and federated database checks regarding OMG members for officer safety and investigative support deconfliction purposes. The EVGCI leadership stated, “RMIN staff support was truly helpful, and they greatly appreciated the partnership with RMIN.”

Intelligence Research Services/RISS Officer Safety Event Deconfliction System (RISSafe)

Narcotics/Weapons: ICE in Arizona requested assistance from the RMIN RISSafe Watch Center during a multiagency search warrant on a residence. Two suspects were arrested; both were previously deported felons who were illegally present in the United States. Also seized were 227 fentanyl tablets, valued at $4,450; a .45-caliber pistol, valued at $475; magazines; ammunition; phones; and identification documents. The RMIN intelligence research staff provided additional information on one of the suspects, who was convicted of drugs for sale and weapons misconduct and was sentenced to five years in prison.

RISS/FBI’s Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) Partnership

Fugitive: The Fugitive Enforcement Manager of the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) logged on to the FBI’s N-DEx system, via the RISS Secure Cloud (RISSNET) Portal of RMIN, as part of an ongoing N DEx system batch query to identify New Mexico absconders who may have been recently detained in other jurisdictions. He received a “hit” on a record from N-DEx that showed one New Mexico absconder on probation for two counts of possession of a controlled substance, who had been arrested 16 days earlier by officers of a Texas police department. The NMCD had not yet issued an extraditable bench warrant for the subject, but a local police officer had arrested him on new charges of concealing his identity (the subject presented a fake identification card to the officer) and possession of a controlled substance (also a violation of his New Mexico probation). The N DEx hit alerted New Mexico authorities that this fugitive was in custody in Texas. The NMCD quickly obtained an extraditable warrant for the subject, contacted the Texas detention facility where he was housed, and served him with the New Mexico warrant while he was still in custody. The subject will be extradited back to New Mexico, once his Texas criminal charges are adjudicated.

RISSafe

Fraud: The Gilbert, Arizona, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN Watch Center staff in a fraud investigation. An address was submitted into RISSafe for officer safety. After a monthlong surveillance
operation, two suspects were arrested for organized retail theft and trafficking in stolen property. An estimated $10,000 worth of merchandise was recovered and returned to the merchants, and 20 cases/warrants were successfully prosecuted/resolved.

Narcotics/Prostitution: The Unified, Utah, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN RISSafe Watch Center with a drug trafficking investigation. An address was submitted into RISSafe for deconfliction. Two suspects were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Investigators seized marijuana, heroin, meth, and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and found evidence of prostitution.

Narcotics: The Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office submitted a RISSafe operation to be entered by the RMIN Watch Center staff to ensure that there was no other police presence in the area where they would be conducting a meth buy/bust in Phoenix, Arizona. During this investigation, one suspect was arrested and taken into custody and approximately 15.4 pounds of meth, valued at $45,000, was seized.

Narcotics: The Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office contacted the RMIN RISSafe Watch Center for an address to be entered during a narcotics investigation. Two suspects were arrested, and 7 pounds of meth, valued at $25,000; a Cadillac sport-utility vehicle, valued at $12,000; and a firearm, valued at $400, were seized.

Narcotics: The Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN RISSafe Watch Center during a narcotics investigation. An elderly resident of a condominium had been allowing street people to stay in his residence, and there were complaints of day and night foot traffic at the condominium. The owner of the unit, also the victim’s brother, contacted the Phoenix Police Department for its assistance in removing the unwanted guests, since his brother had moved out in fear for his life. Officers contacted the four people inside the condominium. One person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Narcotics: The Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of RMIN’s RISSafe Watch Center to enter a location where the detectives would perform a buy/bust operation. The initial location had to be moved, and the second location created a conflict within the system. The agents from both agencies discussed the situation and agreed on a location, which resulted in the arrests of four individuals and items seized, including 10 pounds of marijuana, valued at $35,000; $1,000 in U.S. currency; and one vehicle, valued at $10,000.

Burglary/Narcotics: The Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the RMIN RISSafe Watch Center during an investigation of a possible home invasion and suspected marijuana stash house. A search warrant was served at the residence, and deputies seized 4,825 pounds of marijuana, valued at $2.5 million.

Burglary: The Chandler, Arizona, Police Department requested assistance from the RMIN RISSafe Watch Center with an address, prior to a search warrant being executed at a residence. The suspect was a former employee of a motorcycle dealership who was caught on video burglarizing the business. The suspect was arrested, and stolen tools, valued at $1,500, were recovered.

Fugitives: The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) requested assistance from the RMIN RISSafe Watch Center during “Operation Justice 2017.” Multiple law enforcement agencies in Arizona assisted the USMS in the three-day operation in which 148 fugitives were arrested. The fugitives have been charged with numerous crimes, including homicide, robbery, kidnapping, domestic violence, and child abuse. This operation received wide local media publicity (http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/us-marshals-arrest-148-fugitives-across-valley-as-part-of-operation-justice).

Human/Drug Trafficking: The U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona requested assistance from the RMIN RISSafe Watch Center during a joint human and drug trafficking operation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in Yuma, Arizona, in which two stash houses were identified. Search warrants were served at the residences, resulting in the arrests of two suspects and one smuggled alien at the first residence and the arrests of two suspects and the seizure of 14.4 pounds of meth, valued at $145,000, at the second residence.

 

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