Western States Information Network (WSIN)
Located in Sacramento, California
(916) 263-1166
Serving Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Canada, Guam, and New Zealand

WSIN 2016 State Impact Sheets

 

Click on a WSIN state below to download an Impact sheet:

 

Alaska California Hawaii
Oregon Washington

 

What Law Enforcement is Saying About WSIN

 

“Thank you very much for your agency’s assistance with our task force case of a highly dangerous child molester. We appreciate the great work that your analyst did and cannot thank you enough!”

—Detective Christie Hirota
Internet Crimes Against Children
Sacramento, California, Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force
“I would like to thank WSIN and especially the analyst for her outstanding product (mapping Global Positioning System coordinates) and her hard work that obviously was time- and labor-intensive. I would not have been able to produce this vital piece of evidence. Thank you WSIN.”

—Detective Mike Sargent
Arlington, Washington, Police Department
“Your equipment continues to benefit us immensely in investigations.”

—Detective Scott MacLafferty
Sacramento, California, Police Department
“You did an outstanding job! Thank you very much. If you do not mind, I will be showing it off around the office and promoting WSIN. I owe you. Thanks again.”

—Senior Inspector Fraser Ritchie
Contra Costa County, California, District Attorney’s Office
“The equipment was very reliable, and they made it easy to use.”

—Detective Mitch LeStrange
Lodi, California, Police Department
“The charts looked fantastic. Your charts are very popular in our office; the other investigators are envious. I have told them several times about WSIN.”

—Investigator Fraser Ritchie
Contra Costa County, California, District Attorney’s Office

WSIN 2016 Success Stories

 

Analytical Services
Firearms:The West Sacramento, California, Police Department, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, requested assistance from the WSIN analytical staff on a long-term undercover buy program targeting the sales of firearms, stolen property, stolen vehicles, and controlled substances. The WSIN staff provided a series of link analysis diagrams throughout the investigation that showed the connections between various players, incidents in which they were involved, and purchases made from them. Eight suspects were arrested and charged with 70 counts by a federal grand jury, including manufacturing and dealing firearms without a license, possession of unregistered weapons and silencers, and distribution of Ecstasy (MDMA). In total, agents seized more than 238 firearms, including AR-15-type rifles and short-barreled rifles, revolvers, pistols, and silencers, many without the required serial numbers.
Homicide:The Lewis County, Washington, District Attorney’s office requested assistance from the WSIN analytical staff on a case involving the death of a 3-year-old child. Detectives concluded that the suspects had taken the victim after the victim’s 21-year-old mother gave the suspects temporary custody while she was homeless and looked for work out of state. The victim died in the suspects’ custody. The sheriff called it severe abuse and neglect, and the coroner labeled the cause of death as chronic battered child syndrome. The married couple caring for the boy claimed that his mother had just dropped him off with them when he became unresponsive. In addition to other evidence against the couple, the WSIN staff mapped the couple’s cell phone activity and disputed their claim that they had brought the boy to his mother, whom they were trying to implicate. Both defendants pled guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault on a child, with domestic violence enhancements to both charges. They each received 34 years in prison.
Confidential Funds Services
Narcotics:“Operation Amigos” has been a long-term case involving drug trafficking cells associated with the Sinaloa Cartel in California, which was confirmed by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office. These cells were primarily in Los Angeles County, Alameda County, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County. WSIN provided confidential funds for Operation Amigos to purchase cocaine and to provide informant support. The lead agency was the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team, with the Unified Narcotic Enforcement Team and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assisting. The informant made numerous controlled purchases from a main suspect in Oakland, California, who was distributing cocaine throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Several federal wiretaps were authorized, and the case resulted in the arrests of six suspects and the indictment of two other suspects. Charges included distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, use of a communication facility to commit felony drug offenses, and illegal reentry of felons. The evidence and property seized were extensive, including 2 pounds of marijuana, valued at $4,000; 25 pounds of cocaine, valued at $700,000; 18 pounds of methamphetamine (meth), valued at $108,000; three vehicles, valued at $35,000; two firearms, valued at $900; and two aircrafts, valued at $1,000. The total value of items seized was $879,204. The case agent described WSIN’s assistance as amazing.
Narcotics:The Sacramento, California Police Department was investigating a Norteño gang member for drug and weapon violations. The WSIN equipment staff was contacted to provide night-vision goggles for use during several nights of surveillance. When the search warrants were served, the detectives seized
3.5 pounds of crystal meth, 1 ounce of cocaine, 1 ounce of heroin, an assortment of pills, and two stolen handguns, as well as a fully automatic rifle. Two suspects were arrested.
Narcotics:The Fresno, California, Police Department requested Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle trackers from the WSIN equipment staff for use in a narcotics sales (meth, cocaine, heroin, marijuana) and firearms sales (shotguns and handguns) case. The credit card recorder was the key to the success of the case. The detectives successfully made ten arrests and seized eight firearms, 1 pound of marijuana, 4 ounces of cocaine, 5 ounces of meth, and 10 grams of heroin, valued at more than $8,600.
Human Trafficking:The South Lake Tahoe, California, Police Department requested surveillance equipment disguised as an alarm clock from the WSIN equipment staff for use on a human sex trafficking case. The case resulted in four arrests.
Equipment Services
Narcotics:A detective with the Maui, Hawaii, Police Department used two WSIN GPS vehicle trackers for an investigation involving crystal meth and marijuana. There are multiple arrests pending, and detectives have currently seized 52.48 grams of marijuana and 1,821.49 grams of meth, valued at $80,000.
Narcotics:A detective with the Grant County, Oregon, Sheriff’s Department successfully used a WSIN body wire for a meth distribution and manufacturing investigation that resulted in two arrests and the seizure of 9 ounces of meth, valued at $9,000.
Contraband:An investigator with the Sacramento, California, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation requested body wires from the WSIN equipment staff. The equipment was needed to combat the cell phone issue at the prison. Currently, 30 cell phones have been confiscated, with a prison value of $30,000.
Hit and Run:Detectives with the Lodi, California, Police Department borrowed a pole camera from the WSIN equipment staff for a fatal hit-and-run case. The detectives searched for the suspects for three months, but they could not be located. The detectives used the WSIN pole camera to watch the main suspect’s house so that he could be arrested when he arrived at home. The detectives located the suspect in three hours, with the assistance of the pole camera. Two arrests were made.
Information Sharing Services
Fugitive Apprehension:A WSIN California Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) received an e-mail from a commander in the Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Department. The commander stated that he had received the contact information from ROCIC and that he was requesting assistance in locating a fugitive who had jumped bond on felony charges in Mississippi. The fugitive had tried to fake his death but the investigation had now led them to Chino, California. The WSIN LEC contacted his resources and secured the assistance from the Chino Police Department that same day to assist the commander with the fugitive investigation. The commander again contacted the WSIN LEC and stated, “I wanted to let you know that your [Chino Police Department] contact was a great help.” He said that the fugitive had since returned to Mississippi, where he was apprehended two months ago on the Tennessee/Mississippi state line. The fugitive is now in custody and serving five years.
Intelligence Research Services
Narcotics:The Southern Alameda County, California, Major Crimes Task Force (SACMCTF) received a request for assistance from the California Highway Patrol. SACMCTF agents were requested to assist in the investigation of a major narcotics seizure that had resulted from a traffic enforcement stop and the arrest of a suspect. The traffic stop resulted in the seizure of 58 pounds of Xanax, valued at $657,708.04. Because of the large amount of Xanax in the suspect’s possession, agents contacted the WSIN intelligence research staff and requested that a subject check be conducted in the RISS Criminal Intelligence Database (RISSIntel). The WSIN staff advised that the DEA was conducting an investigation of the same subject. Agents contacted the DEA and were informed that the suspect was the main target of a Xanax manufacturing operation. The DEA and the SACMCTF are now conducting a joint investigation of the suspect and the manufacturing of the Xanax pills.
Fugitive/Narcotics:A detective with the Orange County, California, Intelligence Assessment Center was contacted by a special agent with the Los Angeles, California, Division of the DEA. The DEA was working an investigation involving a sophisticated, high-level drug trafficking organization based in Mexico. This particular organization is considered a substantial threat to the national security of both Mexico and the United States, is responsible for countless murders, and trafficking large amounts of cocaine. One of the members of this organization is a mercenary assassin who has been under investigation by the DEA since at least 2008. The DEA knew the individual by only a nickname, had a vague physical description of him, and was aware of an area in Mexico where he resides. The DEA was unable to identify or find a picture of this person, despite a significant amount of effort. Based on limited information, a search was conducted in RISSIntel, and the detective identified three possible individuals. The DEA agents showed photographs of the three individuals to a reliable informant, who identified one of those individuals as their target. The DEA has been trying to identify this person for many years, but the detective did so in a short period of time, significantly advancing this federal investigation.
Money Counter Project
Narcotics:The Maui County, Hawaii, Police Department (MCPD) and the Honolulu, Hawaii, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began investigating a drug distribution network operating in Maui. The MCPD identified the highest-ranking members of the organization and intercepted large amounts of cash, representing proceeds from the sale of crystal meth. Rather than simply seizing it, the MCPD scanned the cash and let it continue to circulate. This allowed officers to identify an individual who was supplying the suspects, based out of Oahu, Hawaii. The case culminated with the seizure of 23 pounds of crystal meth as it was delivered to the supplier in Maui. Immediately afterwards, the FBI executed search warrants at several locations and recovered a substantial amount of cash ($19,900 in $100 bills) with serial numbers that matched the drug proceeds previously scanned in Maui. This case has yet to be indicted; however, the service provided by WSIN in comparing the scanned cash has been invaluable.
RISSIntel
Narcotics:The Portland Police Bureau High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Interdiction Team (HIT) received a tip that a subject was transporting quantities of illegal drugs from California into the Portland area by car. HIT had information about an address where the subject was staying and set up surveillance in the area. Officers set up a deal to purchase from the suspect. A California-plated vehicle was seen leaving the area, and officers attempted to follow the vehicle but were unable to maintain surveillance. The license number was queried through the National Crime Information Center/California Department of Motor Vehicles, and the car was determined to be registered to a 65-year-old male, who did not fit the description of the suspect. The plate was queried through RISSIntel and was found to be connected to a younger male who was involved in a Clackamas County, Oregon, Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) case. That individual had a warrant for his arrest related to that case. HIT contacted the CCITF and explained
the situation. Since the address was in Clackamas County, a deputy from that county–along with a patrol dog–was sent to make the stop on the vehicle. After the stop was made, several pounds of meth and heroin were located, as well as two handguns, ammunition, and parts of a rifle.

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