Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC)
Located in Nashville, Tennessee
Serving Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
“This case is an example of the many successes of ROCIC and the RISS Program, as both suspects were identified and charged as a direct result of your distributing the bulletin, without which our cases would likely have never been solved.”
Santa Rosa County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office
“The importance of information sharing cannot be stressed enough among law enforcement if they truly want to connect the dots. ROCIC is a great resource and conduit for sharing information.”
Pascagoula, Mississippi, Police Department
“The assistance of ROCIC was vital in securing the return of stolen property and the timely identification of the suspect.”
Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office
“Your work saved a lot of victims, past and present, additional grief.”
Florence, Alabama, Police Department
“Your staff does a fantastic job, and they make it easy for me to work with them.”
Opelika, Alabama, Police Department
“Without the assistance and perseverance of ROCIC case support, we would not have been successful in capturing, investigating, and successfully prosecuting the parties involved. Thank you, ROCIC, for six convictions of murder in the first degree.”
3rd Judicial District Attorney General’s Office–Tennessee
“The information that ROCIC provided was very helpful to this investigation, but perhaps more impressive was the speed with which they got it back to me. ROCIC did a great job for us.”
Union City, Oklahoma, Police Department
“The services provided by ROCIC and its staff are essential to the successful conclusion of lengthy investigations. Without the availability of ROCIC resources, law enforcement could not effectively pursue these types of investigations.”
Monticello, Mississippi, Police Department
“The information received from ROCIC in reference to suspects’ addresses, vehicles, and phones was instrumental in developing our case.”
Laurel, Mississippi, Police Department
“The updated photograph provided by ROCIC helped us to eliminate an innocent person as a potential suspect.”
Petersburg, Virginia, Police Department
“Without ROCIC’s loans of this sophisticated equipment, we would have been unable to make these cases and try to make a dent in narcotics trafficking in our city. Two significant arrests of narcotics traffickers resulted.”
Birmingham, Alabama, Police Department
“The equipment that ROCIC loaned to us was obviously essential to the cases that we have made. Without it, we would have no evidence available to help bolster our cases against two fugitives who were wanted for felony narcotics distribution.”
Logan County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office
“Without ROCIC services, it would be very hard for us to keep up with the constantly changing dynamics of law enforcement today. ROCIC is a great asset and partner to have as we all strive to make our neighborhoods a safer place.”
McMinn County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office
“Thank you, ROCIC, for the invaluable role that you play in helping us keep our communities as safe as possible. Our agency has been a member of ROCIC since 1995, and membership has paid great dividends.”
Alexander City, Alabama, Police Department
“To say that ROCIC went above and beyond the call of duty would be an understatement. The ROCIC staff’s detailed, precise work was critical in helping us show jurors exactly what happened in the house when our officer was killed by drug dealers. The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and several drug-related charges.”
30th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Tennessee
“ROCIC’s specialized technical services were invaluable and vital to the success of our operation. Without them, we would not have been able to establish the probable cause necessary for arrest warrants, search warrants, and indictments.”
St. Lucie, Florida, Sheriff’s Office
“Without the quick response from ROCIC, the negotiations and safety of the hostages may not have been successful.”
Columbia, Tennessee, Police Department
“ROCIC is by far the best investigative asset we have. Everyone I’ve dealt with has been pleasant, professional, and eager to assist in whatever we need.”
Wake Village, Texas, Police Department
“There would be no way that we could conduct these investigations without the resources made available to us through ROCIC. We look forward to our longstanding partnership.”
Greene County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Office
“The video and audio obtained through the use of the loaned equipment allowed us to approach one of the suspects and get the suspect to cooperate with the investigation, which is ongoing. The ROCIC program is a huge help to our organization.”
Portsmouth, Virginia, Police Department
ROCIC 2017 Success Stories
Grand Theft Auto: The Pinecrest, Florida, Police Department investigated multiple cases of luxury automobiles being stolen and then stripped for their parts. A prolific career criminal in the vicinity was developed as a suspect for the thefts, but the lead investigator was unable to establish enough probable cause to the satisfaction of prosecutors for an arrest. The suspect’s cellular telephone call records were obtained and sent to the ROCIC analytical staff for phone toll analysis and cell tower mapping. The data analysis and cell phone tower maps provided by ROCIC put the suspect in the vicinity of the auto thefts and proved to be the final piece of the puzzle needed to establish probable cause for an arrest. According to the investigator, without the assistance of ROCIC, he would not have been able to establish sufficient probable cause for an arrest in this case.
Abduction/Murder: The Craighead County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office was contacted to investigate the disappearance by abduction of a 90-year-old woman from her residence. Within a few days, the victim’s stolen vehicle was found at a hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Surveillance footage showed a person parking the vehicle and walking northeast from the hospital. The ROCIC analytical staff was contacted to request a cell tower map that indicated the route of the suspect. The body of the victim was found in a cornfield, with a gunshot wound to the head. Cell tower maps linked the cell phone of the suspect to the site of the body. The suspect was arrested and confessed to the murder. After a week in court, the suspect was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Investigators credited ROCIC with providing crucial assistance in the successful investigation and prosecution of the perpetrator in this brutal killing.
Murder: The Opelika, Alabama, Police Department arrested a suspect in a murder case who was out on bond for a previous charge. The District Attorney’s Office needed physical evidence to tie the suspect to the murder to present at the suspect’s bond revocation hearing. Investigators contacted ROCIC analytical staff and provided cell tower phone records already obtained for the suspect. The ROCIC staff plotted the cell phone tower locations and produced a detailed map, which provided enough evidence for the judge to revoke the suspect’s bond.
First-Degree Murder: After hearing testimony and observing cell tower mapping reports produced by ROCIC, a jury in Onslow County, North Carolina, convicted a defendant of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his fiancé and sent him to prison for life without parole. At first, the suspect stated that he was not at the scene of what he claimed was a suicide. The suspect had a bullet wound to his leg but refused to have the projectile removed, claiming it was actually shrapnel from a bonfire he had attended that was miles away from the crime scene. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office contacted ROCIC to map the suspect’s cell phone activity. The ROCIC report showed the suspect at the scene at the time of the shooting. After seeing the cell tower mapping reports, the defendant changed his story and admitted that he had lied. He claimed that his fiancé had shot herself in the head while she was resting her head in his lap, thus causing his leg wound. Adjourning to deliberate, the trial jury returned with its guilty verdict in less than two hours.
Homicide: The District Attorney’s Office Drug and Violent Crime Task Force assisted the Shawnee, Oklahoma, Police Department with a homicide investigation of a young man. At the request of the task force, the ROCIC analytical staff mapped the cell phone records gathered on the suspect, revealing the route taken by the suspect, which confirmed the story of several witnesses. The map showed the suspect in the vicinity of the victim’s house at the time of the murder. With the help of ROCIC’s analysis, the suspect was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Homicide: During the investigation of a Hispanic male who was found shot to death and dumped by the side of an interstate highway entrance ramp, the Durham County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office turned to ROCIC to conduct an analysis of the cell phone records of the prime suspect, who was still at large. A suspect was developed from the testimony of a mutual acquaintance of the suspect and the victim, who stated that all three had frequented the same nightclub and were there until early morning the day of the murder. Video surveillance from a fast-food restaurant near the discovery site showed the victim meeting with somebody who operated a vehicle similar to the suspect’s. Using the cell phone records, the ROCIC analytical staff mapped the route of the suspect’s cell phone from the nightclub to the restaurant to the discovery site and back to the suspect’s residence. The route of the phone then led to New Orleans, Louisiana, where service was disconnected. A warrant for first-degree murder was issued, and detectives with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office arrested the suspect at a construction site in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. He readily confessed to the murder, agreed to be extradited back to North Carolina, and pled guilty to the murder charge.
Homicide: During the investigation and separate trials of two defendants who were charged with the brutal murder of a male victim found beaten, shot, and burned on a gravel road, the Clarksville, Tennessee, Police Department relied on the ROCIC analytical staff to process a large volume of records, documents, and charts that not only helped investigators link the suspects in the case but also assisted prosecutors in the successful convictions of both defendants. Both defendants were convicted of murder in jury trials, and each received a sentence of life in prison. The ROCIC staff’s quality of work and their ability to quickly make adjustments to the products as circumstances required were a tremendous asset to the prosecution of the case, according to the homicide investigator. Without ROCIC’s assistance, the outcome and success of the investigation would have been uncertain.
Homicide: The Enterprise, Alabama, Police Department (EPD) worked a homicide case in which the victim was shot while committing a ruse. He would promise clients to obtain illegal drugs for them but then rob them of their money. The victim tried to pull this ruse on two men who were aware of the ploy. The customers picked up the victim at his residence and drove to get the drugs. During the drive, the victim communicated through a social media texting service with his associates, who were going to pick him up after the robbery. When the trio arrived at the destination to buy the drugs, one suspect shot the victim in the shoulder. As the victim tried to run and escape, the suspect shot him in the head and killed him. Investigators with the EPD obtained the texting data and cell phone records for the victim and the suspects and submitted them for analysis. The ROCIC analytical staff returned social media data that led the investigator to identify the suspect that he needed to talk to and solve the murder. Cell tower mapping produced by the ROCIC staff proved valuable, since it placed the shooter at the scene of the crime.
Homicides: The ROCIC analysis of call and text message logs from the victim’s cell phone in one homicide case and from the suspect’s cell phone in another homicide case greatly assisted investigators with the Palm Bay, Florida, Police Department (PBPD) in preparing for their respective trials. With the volume of undecipherable data converted into easily readable formats, investigators were able to compile critical conversations between the suspect and the victim that were used in the interviews with the involved parties. In fact, the ROCIC analytical staff discovered more information from the devices than the investigators even knew existed. With ROCIC assistance, investigators created strong cases with which to go to trial against the murder defendants. As a small agency, the PBPD can rely on analytical resources provided by ROCIC, allowing them to concentrate on other aspects of the investigation.
Double Homicide: The Pope County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into a double homicide. During the investigation, numerous interviews were conducted and statements were obtained. Two persons were identified as potential suspects. Pope County investigators obtained search warrants for the cell phone records of the suspects. They contacted the ROCIC analytical staff for assistance with interpreting the data and producing a map, using the phones’ Global Positioning System (GPS) data, that might indicate where the suspects were located at a particular point in time. Once the ROCIC staff had created and returned the maps, the investigators were able to unequivocally prove that the suspects were in and near the area of the homicides during the time frame in which they were believed to have occurred. Currently, the investigative team is reviewing the case files in an effort to more closely examine other details that might coincide with data revealed from the ROCIC analytical results. The maps will be instrumental in the prosecution of the suspects, and the prosecuting attorney is very impressed with their quality.
Homicide: Work performed by the ROCIC analytical staff, along with courtroom testimony, assisted the 18th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office in Gallatin, Tennessee, in the successful prosecution of a defendant for first-degree murder. The defendant was sentenced to life in prison. The victim–a
Davidson County, Tennessee, resident who had no ties to Sumner County, Tennessee–was found deceased on a desolate rural road. The case proved to be a mystery to law enforcement personnel until ROCIC was contacted. After the phone records of the individuals last seen with the victim were analyzed, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. Because of the analysis, reports, and maps produced by ROCIC, investigators determined the whereabouts of the suspect and the victim the night of the murder. Such evidence, plus the testimony of the ROCIC staff, placed the suspect at the crime scene and led to his conviction.
Homicide: While investigating a homicide at a local lake, the Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) conducted numerous interviews, which led to the development of two persons of interest (POI). The results of the interviews of each POI were inconsistent, and the officers strongly suspected that one or both of the suspects were attempting to deceive them. The officers obtained search warrants requesting data dumps for the cell phones used by each suspect. Investigators contacted ROCIC for assistance with plotting GPS data on a map to prove precisely where the phones were located at any given point in time. The maps produced by the ROCIC staff verified portions of the statements and disproved others. The two suspects were ultimately arrested, and later, two more suspects were arrested in connection with the murder. At this time, all four suspects are awaiting trial on the charge of murder. The SCSO investigator is confident that the maps produced by ROCIC will be important evidence to present to the jury.
Homicide: Nearly three decades ago, the Cleburne County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office and the Heber Springs, Arkansas, Police Department opened an investigation into the disappearance and possible murder of a local resident. In spite of months and then years of actively investigating the case, no arrests were ever made. Five years ago, a similar disappearance was reported, and the investigation led authorities to believe that the two homicides were related. During both investigations, statements and interviews were obtained using microcassette recorders, since this was the practice at the time. No verbatim transcripts had been produced, and investigators could not locate any state or federal crime lab that could replicate the interviews onto modern media. ROCIC was contacted to reproduce the audio recordings onto stable digital video discs (DVDs) and enhance the quality of the recordings in the process. Subsequent reviews of the recordings revealed new evidence to investigators and led them in a new direction. Once again, ROCIC proved to be the only agency with the resources to get the job done.
Homicide: The Seminole, Oklahoma, Police Department investigated a fatal car collision in which one of the vehicles left the scene of the accident. The deceased driver had been in her vehicle in a ditch for several hours. There was no evidence, except for broken glass; however, police officers were able to develop a suspect, recover a suspect’s vehicle, and retrieve the suspect’s cell phone. The suspect would not speak to the officers, so court orders were issued to obtain the phone records of the suspect in which the data indicated the cell towers accessed by the suspect’s phone. The records were sent to the ROCIC intelligence research staff to assist in developing an interactive map that showed the suspect’s locations during the probable time frame of the car wreck. The map showed that the suspect was at the location of the wreck at the time the victim died. This evidence will prove to be invaluable to the prosecutor when the case is brought to trial.
Homicide: Crime scene documentation produced by ROCIC helped convict a defendant of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Memphis, Tennessee, Police Department officer during a narcotics investigation. The victim was a mother of four and a nine-year law enforcement veteran, who was killed by a drug dealer during the forced entry of a suspect’s residence. The suspect claimed he thought that the home was being broken into and didn’t realize they were police. Over a six-month period, the ROCIC intelligence research staff met with investigators to get their unique perspectives and take photos and measurements at the crime scene. Based on these interviews and observations, the ROCIC staff produced a clear and precise video that depicted, for the trial jury, each individual’s movements inside the residence at the time of the shooting.
Homicide: The Georgetown, South Carolina, Police Department used the cell tower mapping services offered by ROCIC to discredit the alibis offered by family members in the case of a missing person whose body was later found floating in a local river. After family members gave conflicting statements, the ROCIC analytical staff was contacted to assist with enhancing the audio quality of recovered voice mails and to map the locations of cell phones used by several family members. The cell phone maps led investigators to a store where surveillance video also discredited the suspects’ alibis. Investigators charged the victim’s wife, the father-in-law, and the brother-in-law with his murder. They are incarcerated and awaiting court action. An investigating officer said that the information provided by ROCIC was crucial in the success of the investigation and for the prosecution.
Homicide: The Abbeville County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call that a man had returned home and found his girlfriend dead from a gunshot wound. The caller related that the shooting appeared to be a suicide. A weapon was not found inside the house, but one was found on the property, next to a vehicle. Because of his conflicting statements, investigators obtained the cell phone records of the boyfriend. The ROCIC analytical staff was asked to prepare cell phone mapping charts that showed where the boyfriend was at the time that several calls were made. The charts contradicted the boyfriend’s statements, and he later admitted to killing his girlfriend. He is incarcerated, awaiting court action.
Burglary: The Peachtree City, Georgia, Police Department (PCPD) was called to a burglary in progress when a homeowner interrupted three suspects during the act. The suspects were located and stopped by patrol officers responding to the call. The suspects were subsequently arrested for loitering and criminal attempt to commit burglary. The PCPD obtained cell phone records of the suspects. Investigators contacted the ROCIC analytical staff to plot the cell phone tower hits of the suspects. The charts produced by ROCIC linked the suspects to the crime scene and led to the successful prosecution of all three suspects.
Serial Burglaries: The Monongalia County, West Virginia, Sheriff’s Department and three other law enforcement agencies arrested three suspects who were believed to be responsible for committing 58 burglaries in three jurisdictions over a three-month period. Investigators obtained a large volume of the suspects’ cell phone data from local providers. Because of the massive amount of data, the detectives did not have the time nor the manpower to interpret all of it. ROCIC was contacted to have its intelligence research staff interpret the data, which produced 164 charts or graphs and 79 computerized listings. The charts and maps allowed the detectives to connect the suspects to the crimes. Of the 34 locations that included date and time information, the cell phone data linked the suspects to 18 of them. Without the data analysis by ROCIC, the detectives would not have been able to prove as many crimes. Being able to link these crimes not only allowed the department to charge the suspects with an additional count for each location, but also allowed them to request restitution for the victims involved.
Home-Invasion Robbery: During a week-long criminal trial, the ROCIC analytical staff was instrumental in persuading an Upson County, Georgia, jury to convict a defendant on 11 counts of home invasion, robbery, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and criminal attempt to commit home invasion and armed robbery. The jury convicted the defendant of entering the home of the elderly victims, holding them at gunpoint, tying them up, and stealing money and guns from their home. In addition to producing cell tower mapping and crime scene reproductions for the jury to view, the ROCIC staff recovered a text message from a cell phone that proved vital to the prosecution and key to the conviction. The judge sentenced the offender to life in prison, plus 60 years.
Shoplifting: A female airline passenger shoplifted sunglasses, valued at $400, at the Nashville, Tennessee, International Airport. A detective with the Nashville Metropolitan Airport Authority, Department of Public Safety obtained the name of the suspect from the airlines and contacted ROCIC. The ROCIC intelligence research staff obtained a copy of the suspect’s driver’s license photo, and it matched the surveillance camera footage. ROCIC also located the suspect’s e-mail address and other background information. The following day, the suspect was contacted and advised to return the merchandise or face prosecution on theft charges. The suspect responded with a parcel service tracking number for the return of the sunglasses. The Nashville Metropolitan Airport Authority, Department of Public Safety stated that it routinely contacts ROCIC for assistance in identifying suspects during investigations.
Drug Trafficking: The Coopertown, Tennessee, Police Department made a traffic stop for speeding in which the officer noted the odor of marijuana. A search was conducted and 42.20 grams of marijuana, valued at $844, was discovered, along with digital scales and $1,005 in U.S. currency. A search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s cell phone. ROCIC was contacted to perform an analysis, which revealed evidence of numerous drug transactions and images, including lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Because of ROCIC’s assistance, the vehicle, valued at $3,500, was seized. Armed with the analytical information from ROCIC regarding additional drug transactions, more charges may be pending.
Narcotics Trafficking: Detectives with the Wilton Manors, Florida, Police Department investigated a heroin trafficking ring operating in Wilton Manors. The detectives contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to assist in developing profiles of the narcotics traffickers who were involved in the organization. With those results and using other investigative techniques, the detectives developed the probable cause to secure a search warrant. Upon execution of the search warrant, the police seized 16 ounces of heroin and 1 kilogram of methamphetamine (meth). The seizure led to the arrests of four suspects in the drug trafficking organization. In the follow-up investigation, the detectives contacted the ROCIC staff to develop exhibits for the prosecution of the case. ROCIC conducted phone-toll analysis, created link-analysis charts, and produced cell phone tower maps for each suspect. Two of the defendants have pled guilty to narcotics trafficking charges and are awaiting sentencing. The remaining two defendants are scheduled for trial. The exhibits produced by ROCIC will be presented to the jury at the trial in furtherance of a successful prosecution.
Kidnapping: The Maysville, Kentucky, Police Department investigated a kidnapping in which a man abducted his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint after waiting in her car at her place of employment. When she got off work, he forced her to drive to an adjacent county, where he physically assaulted her. He then took her back to his apartment in Maysville, where she eventually managed to escape. The ROCIC analytical staff was contacted to use cell tower records to map all of the places where they had driven. The evidence provided by ROCIC allowed the Maysville authorities to successfully prosecute the case against the defendant.
Insurance Fraud: Investigators with the Arkansas Insurance Department, Insurance Fraud Investigations Division, began questioning the legitimacy of numerous traffic accidents that seemed to be related, with the same individuals involved. All of the accidents occurred in Central Arkansas, with personal injury expenses and property damages resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Investigators developed sufficient probable cause to arrest many of the suspects whom they had identified on numerous felony assault and fraud charges. As the cases were docketed for trial, the chief special fraud prosecutor contacted ROCIC to produce charts that would simplify the complexity of the cases and clearly demonstrate to a trial jury the improbability of a single person being involved in so many accidents. The ROCIC charts were so persuasive that the defense attorneys, after examining the charts for themselves, convinced their clients of the wisdom of accepting a plea deal rather than face a criminal trial, thus saving taxpayer dollars.
Child Rape: Using recordings redacted by the ROCIC audio/video staff, the 18th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office in Gallatin, Tennessee, was able to obtain a four-count conviction against a stepfather who was accused of raping a child multiple times. The defendant was sentenced to 50 years in prison. ROCIC’s assistance was valuable and even described as marvelous. During the trial, the District Attorney’s Office was required by the court to heavily redact three recordings. The ROCIC staff went the extra mile to provide assistance with the redactions, complying with a series of requests and work order changes.
Rape: The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Police Department contacted ROCIC to assist with enhancing an audio recording of a rape victim, who was wired while speaking with her suspected rapist. The recording was made in a loud public area and it was unintelligible. The ROCIC forensics staff enhanced the audio recording by removing the background noise and static, enabling the conversation between the victim and her suspect to be easily heard. Once the enhanced audio recording was played for the suspect, he decided it was in his best interest to quickly plead guilty.
Homicide: Officers with the Erin, Tennessee, Police Department investigated a homicide that had multijurisdictional ties. The victim was murdered inside his home. Surveillance cameras at an apartment complex across the street from the victim’s home captured four suspects getting out of a vehicle and entering the victim’s home. The video was sent to the ROCIC forensics staff, who were able to enhance its quality to the point where the suspects and the vehicle could be positively identified. The police chief stated that the enhancement of the video and the subsequent creation of photographic stills from it played a major role in solving the homicide case. All four suspects were located, arrested, and charged with murder.
Homicide: Detectives with the Highlands County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a nightclub that resulted in the death of a male victim. A suspect was immediately identified. The physical evidence included a surveillance video from the nightclub. Because of the poor quality of the video, the detectives contacted ROCIC for assistance in enhancing the quality of the video. The ROCIC audio/video staff enhanced the surveillance video so that it could be used for evidentiary purposes. Based on the ROCIC enhanced video and witness testimony, the defendant was charged with murder. At trial, state prosecutors had the ROCIC staff appear in court to present testimony regarding the enhancement of the surveillance video. The ROCIC staff testified at the trial and was immediately certified as an expert witness by the trial judge. Although the trial jury did not vote for a conviction, the state attorney commented that without ROCIC’s assistance in enhancing the surveillance video, it would have been much more difficult to bring the case to trial. The prosecutor commended ROCIC for its thorough, efficient, and expert work in improving the evidentiary value of the surveillance video. Additional charges are pending against the defendant. The ROCIC-enhanced video will most likely play a role in those subsequent criminal charges.
Armed Robbery: The Princeton, West Virginia, Police Department contacted the ROCIC audio/video staff to enhance surveillance photos of a suspect who had robbed a local sporting goods storeowner of his bank bag at gunpoint. In the store’s parking lot, the suspect stuck a gun in the victim’s side and grabbed the money bag, as well as the victim’s wallet. Police officers located the getaway vehicle and obtained surveillance video of the suspect from a nearby store. The suspect, who was from Georgia, was identified and apprehended after officers interviewed his girlfriend, who was the operator of the vehicle. The suspect wore a uniquely identifiable pair of sneakers during the robbery and at the time of his arrest. He was charged with first-degree robbery. The ROCIC staff enhanced the still photographs from the surveillance video, so that investigators could clearly see the unique logo on the suspect’s shoes (further identified by their sole pattern) and the red bandanna that he wore around his neck (the victim claimed that the suspect had covered his face with a red cloth). The prosecutor in this case stated that the photos enhanced by ROCIC solidified the case against the defendant, who awaits trial.
Bank Robbery: The ROCIC audio/video staff processed nine video surveillance tapes for use by the Taylor County, Kentucky, Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in the successful prosecution of an accused bank robber and his accomplice. Police officers provided the ROCIC staff with surveillance tapes that had been collected from various local businesses. The tapes were condensed for viewing by a trial jury and showed the movements of the defendants. ROCIC also produced overview maps and a video flyover for the jury to review. Subsequently, the jury found the defendant guilty and sentenced him to ten years in prison. His accomplice pled guilty before going to trial.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Columbia, Kentucky, Police Department contacted the ROCIC equipment staff and requested specialized surveillance equipment and expert advice on how to use it during an undercover narcotics investigation. As a result of the investigation, Columbia police officers served four warrants for drug trafficking, arrested four suspects, and generated eight additional suspects, with four additional arrests pending. Officers seized 5 grams of meth and 2 ounces of marijuana, valued at $800. Also seized were four illicit pills, valued at $120.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Shively, Kentucky, Police Department required surveillance equipment that it did not possess and could not afford to conduct an undercover narcotics investigation properly and ensure the safety of its undercover officers. Using the specialized equipment borrowed from ROCIC and with the assistance and expertise of the ROCIC equipment staff, the Shively Police Department developed and arrested two drug trafficking suspects and seized 2 ounces of heroin and $10,000 in cash.
Narcotics Trafficking: Notified that a city employee was using drugs during his lunch break, the Cramerton, North Carolina, Police Department contacted the ROCIC equipment staff to borrow specialized surveillance equipment to track the employee. The employee was tracked to a location where he met with a known dealer to obtain the drugs. With the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Cramerton police officers continued the surveillance and gathered enough evidence to arrest and charge the drug dealer with multiple offenses.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Calera, Alabama, Police Department Narcotics Unit borrowed high-tech surveillance equipment from the ROCIC equipment staff to combat the illegal drug trade in its jurisdiction, resulting in 32 charges of distribution of a controlled substance, 21 charges of possession of a controlled substance, 3 charges of meth trafficking, 11 charges of possession of marijuana, and 16 charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Seven search warrants were executed, and $2,880 in cash and five vehicles were seized. The use of ROCIC equipment has had a direct impact on the trafficking of illegal drugs in Calera.
Narcotics Trafficking: A known drug trafficker used the United States Postal Service and a commercial parcel carrier to send and receive shipments of cocaine. A GPS vehicle tracker borrowed from the ROCIC equipment staff was placed on his vehicle to facilitate surveillance of the subject. Search warrants were obtained and executed at several addresses and storage units in Davidson County, Tennessee. The search yielded more than 8 ounces of cocaine, 12 pounds of marijuana, $28,000 in cash, seven firearms, two vehicles, and gold/silver bars and coins valued at more than $4,000. The ROCIC device revealed the suspect’s travels to Kentucky and Ohio, which assisted the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) in those states with its investigations involving controlled substances being shipped through the mail. Without the availability of the ROCIC device, investigators with the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force would not have been able to obtain information on the target’s general movements, nor would they have been able to surveil the target through heavy vehicular traffic. The case is pending in Sumner County court, and further charges against the target and his wife are pending the grand jury session in Davidson County.
Narcotics Trafficking: Information was received from a confidential informant that a suspect was traveling from Winchester, Kentucky, to Detroit, Michigan, to purchase oxycodone pills and then bring them back to Winchester to sell. A search warrant was obtained to place a tracking device on the suspect’s vehicle. Investigators obtained a suitable tracking device and instructions on how to use it from the ROCIC equipment staff. The tracker confirmed the informant’s information, identified residents in Detroit who were coconspirators, and provided the addresses of drug buyers in Winchester. The tracker was also used to determine the suspect’s residence in Winchester. In addition, the suspect–a convicted felon–was found in possession of a handgun and charged appropriately. A warranted search of the home resulted in the seizure of oxycodone and alprazolam pills, valued at $66,000, and $4,775 in cash.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Birmingham, Alabama, Police Department borrowed GPS tracking devices from the ROCIC equipment staff in an effort to combat drug trafficking, and as a result, two major narcotics traffickers were arrested and charged. In one case, a device was placed on a drug trafficker’s vehicle as an integral part of an operation in which 3 pounds of marijuana were seized, along with three firearms and more than $5,000 in cash. The other device was placed on the vehicle of a key member of a cocaine trafficking organization. Using physical surveillance and the GPS vehicle tracker, investigators developed a pattern on the suspect and eventually gained probable cause to execute a narcotics search warrant on his home. Police officers seized $27,000 in cash and 6 ounces of cocaine. The lead detective noted that his investigators would not have been able to make these cases without the use of the ROCIC equipment.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit received numerous complaints from residents of a particular neighborhood regarding illegal drugs being sold from vehicles. The area was not suitable for surveillance cameras. The ROCIC equipment staff was contacted and provided two types of disguised surveillance cameras. While using this equipment, numerous drug deals were recorded without being detected. The equipment also enhanced officer safety. Upon completion of the operation, nine suspects were arrested and a quantity of narcotics, including meth and illicit pills; a firearm; and more than $1,000 in cash were confiscated. The information gathered from the arrests led to search warrants being obtained, additional arrests, and narcotics confiscation. The suspects are awaiting court action.
Narcotics Trafficking: A unique covert surveillance device created and loaned by the ROCIC equipment staff enabled the Yukon, Oklahoma, Police Department to investigate a drug trafficking organization operating from Oklahoma City, which led to the arrests of two major drug dealers and identified many others. Authorities also seized $25,000 in cash and a vehicle. The surveillance device enabled officers to gain pertinent intelligence that led them to both identify and secure probable cause for arrests and obtain warrants for various other aspects of the operation, in addition to greatly enhancing the safety of undercover officers. The availability of the device, along with other surveillance tools offered by ROCIC–which are beyond the budget of small agencies–has proven priceless, according to officers and technicians. ROCIC equipment has also proven valuable in property crime investigations, especially vehicle burglaries. Gaining the ability to create their own vantage point and secure their own video surveillance of certain high-crime areas makes it a much simpler job for detectives to connect and solve these crimes as they arise.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Shelby County, Alabama, Drug Enforcement Task Force requested the use of a covert camera from the ROCIC equipment staff, which proved useful in its investigation of a high-traffic drug distribution location. The use of the camera enabled officers to monitor traffic entering and leaving the residence of the target, as well as develop a pattern of the target’s schedule. Knowing this schedule was useful in the tactical planning of operations with respect to officer safety. The camera also provided officers with the layout of the residence when it was time to serve a search warrant. Ultimately, the case resulted in the arrests of two suspects for trafficking in heroin and meth and the seizure of 22 grams of heroin, 18 grams of meth (ice), 3.7 grams of marijuana, 3.4 grams of hydrocodone, 6 grams of codeine, and two handguns.
Narcotics Trafficking: Lacking any sort of audio/video equipment capable of recording certain undercover operations, investigators with the Logan County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) turned to ROCIC for assistance. The investigators contacted the ROCIC equipment staff to borrow a body wire and repeater system. Through the use of the equipment, the LCSO made several felony arrests, including two different fugitives who were wanted on felony charges and several for felony narcotics distribution. The case officers stated that the surveillance equipment on loan from ROCIC proved to be essential to their investigations, which continue.
Narcotics Trafficking: Using specialized surveillance equipment borrowed from ROCIC to document undercover purchases of meth from a local supplier, the Unicoi County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) was able to charge two suspects with the sale of meth (three counts) and two others with the manufacture and promotion of meth (four counts). During the surveillance, one suspect was observed breaking into the targeted house. The burglary was stopped in progress, and drug evidence in plain sight was documented. Search warrants were obtained, and the suspects were arrested and charged. Members of the UCSO Narcotics Unit, who are also members of the Tennessee Dangerous Drug Task Force, responded to the scene to neutralize the hazardous materials and destroy the clandestine meth labs. This narcotics case could not have been made without the assistance of ROCIC and ROCIC’s equipment.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Union County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit needed surveillance equipment to assist in gaining intelligence on a known drug house. The ROCIC equipment staff was contacted for the needed equipment. Using this equipment, officers with the Narcotics Unit were able to make traffic stops after viewing the drug transactions, which led to eight suspects being charged with narcotics violations and $850 worth of crack cocaine being seized. Information was also gained to obtain search warrants for the residences. During the execution of a search warrant at one residence, ammunition was discovered that matched a weapon that had been involved in a local homicide.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Winnsboro, South Carolina, Department of Public Safety received numerous complaints from citizens about an apartment complex being a nuisance area for drug dealing and violence. The ROCIC equipment staff was contacted to provide a covert camera system for surveillance of the area. During surveillance, intelligence was gained on narcotics transactions and the persons involved. Using this information, three suspects were arrested for narcotics violations. After search warrants were obtained and served, marijuana and cocaine were seized. Also during the surveillance period, two stolen vehicles were recovered from a neighboring county. The suspects who were arrested on the narcotics violations are awaiting court action.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Unicoi County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office investigated an individual for selling large quantities of manufactured Xanax in vacuum-sealed bricks of 500 pills. Using specialized equipment borrowed from ROCIC, investigators obtained audio/video evidence to assist in the prosecution of the case. The evidence helped to secure a search warrant on the suspect’s home. The defendant was arrested for sales of Schedule IV controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. The evidence collected through use of the ROCIC equipment, along with the training of its use, helped to make the whole case.
Narcotics Trafficking: The St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office contacted ROCIC to borrow specialized surveillance equipment during a drug investigation, resulting in the identification of suspects, associates of the suspects, and several criminal organizations. Items seized during the execution of a search warrant at the home of one of the suspects were 8 pounds of marijuana, valued at $4,800; two .40-caliber semiautomatic pistols, valued at $600; and $2,300 in U.S. currency. Two subjects were arrested and charged with the distribution of marijuana and possession with intent, the possession of hydrocodone (a Schedule II narcotic), the illegal possession of weapons, the illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of persons under 17 years of age, and transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses.
Narcotics Trafficking: A unique covert surveillance device was created by the ROCIC equipment staff and loaned to the Yukon, Oklahoma Police Department to investigate a drug trafficking organization operating out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which led to the arrests of two major drug dealers and the identification of many others. Authorities seized $25,000 in U.S. currency and a vehicle. The surveillance device allowed officers to gain pertinent intelligence that led them to both identify and secure probable cause for arrests and obtain warrants for various other aspects of the operation, in addition to greatly enhancing the safety of undercover officers. The availability of the device, along with other surveillance tools offered by ROCIC–which are beyond the budget of small agencies–has proven priceless, according to officers and technicians.
Narcotics Trafficking: The Cramerton, North Carolina, Police Department (CPD) received notification that a city employee was using drugs during his lunch break and contacted the ROCIC equipment staff to borrow specialized surveillance equipment to track the employee. The city employee was tracked to a location, where he met with a known dealer to obtain the drugs. Through the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the CPD continued the surveillance and gathered enough evidence to arrest and charge the drug dealer with multiple offenses.
Narcotics Trafficking: Using ROCIC specialized audio/video recording equipment, the Cumberland County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) conducted four undercover drug buys while maintaining strict officer safety standards. The CCSO executed search warrants that resulted in the seizure of 2 pounds of marijuana, 200 hydrocodone tablets, 200 OxyContin tablets, and a quantity of crystal meth. Also seized were 12 weapons and property valued at $50,000. The primary suspect was arrested and charged with six counts of trafficking in controlled substances and one count of possession of marijuana. A total of ten suspects were identified and indicted by the grand jury during this operation. The equipment was critical in making the undercover buys, which would not have been possible without the assistance of ROCIC, since the CCSO does not have the funds to purchase such sophisticated equipment.
Narcotics/Alcohol Trafficking: The Eudora, Arkansas, Police Department (EPD) borrowed disguised body-camera devices and used the equipment in several felony undercover operations. The chief stated that the EPD had made two unrelated felony narcotics distribution arrests and an arrest in a local liquor bootlegging operation. Being able to discretely record transactions using the ROCIC equipment was key to each of these cases. The police chief noted the high quality of the video recordings from the ROCIC equipment. Without the availability of the ROCIC equipment, the success of the investigations would be very much in doubt.
Narcotics and Alcohol Trafficking: The police chief in Eudora, Arkansas, borrowed disguised body camera devices (button cameras) and used the equipment in several felony undercover operations. The agency made two unrelated felony narcotics distribution arrests and an arrest in a local liquor bootlegging operation. Being able to discreetly record transactions using the ROCIC equipment was key to each of these cases.
Drug Trafficking: ROCIC equipment services has assisted the Mount Vernon, Kentucky, Police Department in its war on drugs, according to the police chief. Over several months, the department borrowed a surveillance camera from ROCIC that was used to record confidential informants buying illegal drugs during narcotics investigations. The camera has assisted police in 26 controlled buys involving 23 drug trafficking suspects. The ROCIC equipment will be vital in helping to prosecute the 23 suspects after the investigation is completed.
Drug Trafficking: The Cumberland County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) contacted ROCIC to borrow surveillance equipment to assist in a narcotics investigation and to enhance officer safety. The sheriff’s office made 11 arrests and will serve 28 indictments. The agency has seized quantities of crystal meth, illicit pills, and $28,000 in cash. Without the assistance of ROCIC, the CCSO could not have conducted the long-term investigation. Authorities are continuing to use the equipment and are making more cases and arrests.
Drug Trafficking: The Telfair County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) borrowed ROCIC specialized surveillance equipment for use in a long-term investigation of illegal drug trafficking in its jurisdiction. As a result, TCSO narcotics agents arrested five suspects for conspiring to distribute illegal drugs in middle Georgia and seized marijuana, crack cocaine, meth, OxyContin, Xanax, additional drugs, two vehicles, 27 firearms, and $14,000 in U.S. currency. The ROCIC equipment was used to document drug buys and to ensure the safety of undercover narcotics officers.
Drug Trafficking: Following a two-month drug trafficking investigation using ROCIC audio/video surveillance equipment, the Wiggins, Mississippi, Police Department arrested 17 individuals on charges of sale of a controlled substance, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and sale of a counterfeit substance. All individuals are currently pending prosecution by the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office for Mississippi. The sophisticated equipment was used to document undercover drug activity and sales and enhance officer safety. Assisting in the arrests were the Purvis, Mississippi, Police Department; the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics; and the DEA.
Drug Trafficking: The Portsmouth, Virginia, Police Department (PPD) borrowed sophisticated ROCIC surveillance equipment to continue its undercover drug investigation. The agents had been purchasing half-ounce quantities of heroin and fentanyl from several suspects when their equipment faltered. Utilizing the ROCIC equipment, undercover officers documented the purchases of 4 ounces of heroin and fentanyl and 1 ounce of cocaine and convinced one suspect to cooperate with authorities. The DEA is partnering with the PPD in the investigation, so the cases will be prosecuted in federal court. The PPD stated that the ROCIC equipment was a huge help to them, and it also enhanced officer safety.
Drug Trafficking: The detectives with the Oak Hill, West Virginia, Police Department, assigned to the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force, borrowed a ROCIC covert audio/video recording device to document undercover drug buys during a drug trafficking investigation and enhance the safety of their undercover officers. The recording device owned by the agency had malfunctioned and needed repairs, so the ROCIC equipment allowed investigators to continue their operation. When their repaired device was returned, the detectives used both devices to send multiple teams into the field simultaneously. To date, the ROCIC equipment has been used to record 40 drug buys, resulting in the arrests of four suspected drug dealers. More arrests are anticipated.
Drug Trafficking: The Wake Village, Texas, Police Department borrowed a ROCIC covert video system to install in a bait vehicle as part of an investigation of vehicle burglaries. During the on-street surveillance, investigators noticed a second-floor apartment in the vicinity experiencing an abnormal amount of foot and vehicular traffic. Patrol units stopped several vehicles leaving the apartment complex, after the surveillance team contacted them. The occupants of the vehicles admitted to buying high-grade marijuana at the apartment, surrendered their contraband, and provided statements. A search warrant for the apartment was executed the following morning. As the entry team made its way up the stairway, one of the apartment occupants jumped from a second-floor window and was quickly detained. The apartment front door was breached, and a search of the apartment yielded 5 ounces of high-grade marijuana, more than 200 grams of Ecstasy (MDMA), several bars of Xanax, multiple cell phones, scales, baggies, and a loaded pistol. The two occupants of the apartment were arrested and charged with drug trafficking.
Drug Trafficking: The Greene County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Department (GCSD) used ROCIC covert surveillance equipment to conduct a two-month undercover drug investigation targeting individuals, who were involved in the trafficking of meth and prescription drugs in a rural part of the county. As a result of the operation, the GCSD identified and charged 12 individuals in trafficking meth and prescription drugs. The criminal cases are currently pending prosecution in circuit court. The deputy sheriff in charge of the investigation noted that there would have been absolutely no way to conduct the investigations without the assistance of ROCIC.
Drug Trafficking: The Frederick County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office received citizen complaints of possible drug activity at a local residence, where a large number of vehicles were observed coming and going. Investigators contacted ROCIC to borrow a sophisticated video surveillance system to covertly observe and record the criminal activity. After confirming the reported activity and identifying an opportune moment, the investigator and backup deputies initiated a voluntary knock-and-talk interview at the residence and was met at the front door by a father and a son and the strong odor of marijuana smoke. After some discussion, the investigator received consent to search the residence. The son went to his bedroom and surrendered a quantity of marijuana and marijuana wax, also known as butane hash oil, along with drug distribution paraphernalia (marijuana grinders, a scale, plastic baggies, and documentation). The evidence was seized and sent to the forensics laboratory for analysis. With lab confirmation, the suspect faces felony drug possession and distribution charges.
Drug Trafficking: The Philadelphia, Mississippi, Police Department (PPD) and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics initiated a joint drug investigation targeting a number of high-level drug traffickers operating in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Because surveillance proved difficult, the PPD sought assistance from ROCIC through the loan of various surveillance equipment and cameras. Following a lengthy criminal investigation, local law enforcement authorities–assisted by several federal law enforcement agencies–executed numerous search warrants that led to the seizure of more than 100 pounds of meth, more than 100 pounds of marijuana, 3 kilograms of cocaine, more than $200,000 in U.S. currency, and other property that was used to facilitate criminal activity. In addition, authorities presented 39 criminal complaints to the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for federal prosecution of drug violations and 30 criminal complaints for felony prosecution of various drug violations in the state of Mississippi circuit courts. The investigation into additional drug activity continues.
Drug Trafficking: Using information supplied by a GPS vehicle tracker on loan from ROCIC that was attached to a suspected drug trafficker’s vehicle, the Halifax County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) observed the suspect visiting a known drug dealer’s residence. After the suspect left the residence, the HCSO conducted a traffic stop and seized 1 kilogram of cocaine from the suspect’s vehicle. Additional searches revealed additional amounts of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, along with $35,990 in U.S. currency. Three suspects were arrested and charged with drug trafficking offenses and weapons violations.
Prison Contraband: The Lawton, Oklahoma, Police Department Special Operations Section and the Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector General conducted a joint investigation into the Lawton Correctional Facility for the distribution of contraband. Upon request, the ROCIC intelligence research staff produced background information on the two main suspects. The ROCIC equipment staff loaned investigators a custom-made covert audio recording device that was capable of recording for an extended period of time. Detectives obtained warrants for a search and for the placement of the recording device in the correctional facility. After surveillance was conducted, investigators chose several recordings containing information pertinent to the case and forwarded them to ROCIC to enhance the quality of the audio/video recordings. At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives obtained warrants and arrested the two main suspects–one on charges of conspiracy to distribute prison contraband, possession of marijuana, possession of a cell phone in a penal institution, and embezzlement of state property, and the other suspect for conspiracy to distribute prison contraband and accessory to embezzlement of state property.
Drug Trafficking and Prostitution: The Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Police Department borrowed ROCIC surveillance equipment to conduct an undercover operation targeting prostitution and narcotics. Such crimes can pose especially large issues for Fort Walton Beach, being a vacation destination. The ROCIC equipment documented the prostitution sting operation for subsequent prosecution and added a layer of enhanced officer safety. Five female suspects were arrested for engaging in prostitution through the use of an escort service website. Some of the suspects were also charged with narcotics offenses and/or had outstanding warrants. The narcotics seized as a result of the operation included Suboxone, Alprazolam, Clonazepam, cocaine, and cannabis.
Prostitution: Equipment borrowed from ROCIC was used in the successful investigation of a small prostitution ring operating in Unicoi County, Tennessee. An undercover officer with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office responded to an online advertisement offering several females who were looking to exchange sex for money and/or drugs. All of the female suspects showed up at the same time and agreed to perform sex acts on the undercover officer, in exchange for U.S. currency. The cover team then arrested and searched the suspects. During the search, several articles of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of meth were recovered. The defendants were charged with prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of meth. The evidence collected through use of ROCIC’s equipment secured a conviction on the three defendants for prostitution and possession of a controlled substance. This case could not have been made without the assistance of ROCIC and ROCIC’s equipment.
Human Trafficking: The Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) borrowed ROCIC equipment that allowed the recording and documentation of conversations at a local motel between the target of a human trafficking investigation and an undercover officer. The safety of the undercover officer was of paramount importance, so officials were hesitant to use conventional devices. After consultation, ROCIC custom-made a disguised recording and transmitting device that ensured the safety of the officer and assisted the investigation. The conversations recorded using the device will be crucial once indictments are obtained.
Cold Case Homicide: The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office in San Angelo, Texas, borrowed a sophisticated ground-penetrating radar (GPR) device from the ROCIC equipment staff to assist in locating the remains of a homicide victim in an 11-year-old cold case. As a result, two subjects were arrested and charged with the murder of the female victim, whose remains were finally recovered. Using the GPR, deputies found the exact location of where the body had been buried in a ditch. Although the body was no longer there, the GPR showed a distinct anomaly that helped the excavators dig in an area where the human remains were finally located. The investigators noted that they were successful despite having no prior experience with the GPR equipment.
Scrap Metal Theft: An ROCIC tracking device provided to the Fairfax City, Virginia, Police Department led to the collection of evidence that resulted in the arrest of a suspect who was believed responsible for at least one dozen cases of copper theft and the destruction of hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of commercial rooftop air conditioning systems. A GPS vehicle tracker was obtained and installed on the suspect’s vehicle, and the suspect was tracked for several days. Police officers determined additional burglary locations–not only in the city but throughout the county–plus the suspect’s routine was established, including the sale of stolen metal at a salvage yard and traveling out-of-state to buy narcotics. The suspect was initially arrested and served with three warrants, but four additional warrants were served after interviews were conducted, along with a search of his vehicle. Another case is pending analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) evidence. The Fairfax County Police Department is looking at a dozen cases of theft for this suspect, and the Arlington, Virginia, Police Department is investigating other possible connections. The suspect was charged with multiple counts of burglary, grand larceny with the intent to sell, possession of burglary tools, and unlawful entry and petit larceny.
Illegal Gambling: During an investigation of two locations suspected of harboring illegal gambling operations, the Bastrop County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office contacted ROCIC to borrow sophisticated audio/video surveillance equipment in order to document criminal activity and protect the safety of two female undercover agents. Search and arrest warrants were quickly obtained for the first location and were later obtained for the second location, as a result of the surveillance. The two main targets were arrested, 75 gambling machines were impounded, and $3,699 in U.S. currency was confiscated.
Gang Activity: The Alexander City, Alabama, Police Department borrowed ROCIC surveillance equipment to utilize during an investigation into illegal activities of an aggressive street gang involved in drug trafficking, shootings, and thefts. The ROCIC equipment was used to identify gang members, establish patterns of activity, and set up controlled drug buys, while enhancing the safety of undercover officers. The investigation, which is ongoing, has led to 20 arrests and the seizure of narcotics and one weapon.
Residential Burglary: Detectives with the Hollywood, Florida, Police Department (HPD) investigated a series of residential burglaries committed by the same crew over a two-year period. ROCIC electronic surveillance equipment was loaned to the HPD, and the devices were installed at a residence that was believed to be the next target of the burglars. The perpetrators did not disappoint. Using evidence recorded by the equipment, the HPD filed 81 counts in circuit court against the two suspected burglars, charging them with racketeering, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy, tampering with evidence, and dealing in stolen property.
Information Sharing Services
Triple Homicide: The Pascagoula, Mississippi, Police Department requested that the ROCIC staff distribute information regarding an identified female suspect and an unidentified male suspect in the burglary of a local jewelry store. The suspect’s vehicle was a red Dodge car. In meeting with Gulfport, Mississippi, Police Department officials the following day, ROCIC staff was advised of a pawnshop burglary that featured a similar method of operation. A cell phone recovered in the Gulfport burglary had the same area code in Missouri where the female suspect of the Pascagoula burglary had recently resided. The Pascagoula Police Department contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to identify the male suspect linked to the previously identified female suspect. Subsequently, Pascagoula and Gulfport each issued arrest warrants for the suspects for commercial burglary. The next day, an armed robbery occurred at a Jackson, Mississippi, pawnshop, during which the owner and two elderly employees were shot to death. The suspect vehicle was a red Dodge car. Through the process of information sharing, the male and female burglary suspects were quickly identified as the suspects in the triple homicide. Four hours after the Jackson murders, the female suspect pawned property stolen in the Jackson robbery in Mobile, Alabama. The suspects were later sighted in Tennessee but managed to elude authorities. Four days after the murders, both suspects were taken into custody, following a police pursuit in Geary County, Kansas. Both are currently pending extradition to Mississippi for armed robbery, three counts of capital murder, and two counts of commercial burglary. It was also determined that the male suspect is a fugitive from Missouri on charges of burglary and weapons violations.
Armed Robbery: Following a major theft at a Ruston, Louisiana, business, the ROCIC staff disseminated information about the crime at the request of the Ruston Police Department to numerous jurisdictions in Louisiana, including the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO). Shortly after the Ruston crime, armed robbers hit a convenience store in Minden, a few miles west of Ruston on Interstate 20. Investigators with the Minden Police Department were notified of the Ruston crime by the WPSO, which is located just across the street. The bulletin distributed by ROCIC included a description of the vehicle, license plate information, and descriptions of the suspects. The Minden Police Department investigators checked their surveillance video footage and confirmed that their suspects were the same suspects who had committed the robbery in Ruston. The suspects, now linked to two major crimes in Louisiana, were later arrested in Corsicana, Texas.
Strong-Armed Robbery: ROCIC disseminated a detailed bulletin to its law enforcement members in the Carolinas that assisted in identifying, locating, and apprehending a male and a female suspect who had committed a violent purse snatching against a 90-year-old woman. The male suspect had followed the victim into a grocery store. When she left the business, he followed her and watched as she put the groceries into her car. Once she had returned the shopping cart, the suspect ran up to the victim and grabbed her purse, knocking her to the side of her car. He then ran to a waiting vehicle occupied by the female suspect. Following the dissemination of the illustrated bulletin, two agencies contacted the Troy, North Carolina, Police Department and identified the male suspect (the female suspect had already been identified). ROCIC’s assistance eventually led to the capture of both suspects.
Aggravated Robbery: Two suspects, a man and woman, were identified and apprehended for committing aggravated robberies in Gulf Breeze, Florida; Slidell and Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana; and Gulfport, Mississippi. The ROCIC staff assisted in tying these four instances together when they were asked by the Gulfport Police Department to disseminate a bulletin regarding two unidentified suspects who had assaulted and robbed an elderly woman outside a local discount department store. The victim, who was robbed of her purse, required hospitalization for her injuries. The bulletin contained images of the suspect’s vehicle. The next day, ROCIC received a bulletin from the Gulf Breeze Police Department detailing a similar crime. The images of the suspect’s vehicle matched photos from the Gulfport robbery. Further investigation determined that a third robbery had occurred the following day in Slidell, and a fourth robbery in Tangipahoa Parish was also linked to the suspects. The female suspect was identified, and ROCIC’s investigation of her social media sites resulted in the identification of the male suspect. Gulfport police officers obtained arrest warrants for the suspects, who were subsequently located and arrested in Pennsylvania. Extradition to Mississippi is pending. Additional robbery charges are expected in Louisiana and Florida.
Burglary: After arresting a suspect on drug charges, Union Parish, Louisiana, sheriff’s deputies noticed commercial-grade power tools, valued at $1,500, in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect’s probation officer advised investigators that the suspect was not in a business that would require owning the tools. Photographs of the stolen tools were subsequently sent to ROCIC for dissemination throughout Louisiana. The following day, investigators with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) contacted Union Parish investigators and identified the tools as those that had been stolen during a burglary in their jurisdiction. At the time,
Lincoln Parish officers had no leads on a suspect. Warrants were obtained by Lincoln Parish for the suspect, who is being held in Union Parish. If not for the information sharing by ROCIC, the LPSO would not have solved the case.
Burglary: The Gadsden, Alabama, Police Department (GPD) investigated the burglary of a local mosque during which a white male suspect stole the donation box containing in excess of $1,000. There was no forced entry or evidence of tampering with the alarm system, which was bypassed. Information about the burglary was disseminated by ROCIC to law enforcement agencies in Alabama and other states through the eBulletin, special flyers, and the RISSLeads Investigative Website. Information was returned about a similar burglary in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The suspect in the Virginia case was identified; he was the same perpetrator as the one in the Gadsden case. Arrest warrants were obtained, but the suspect remains at large. He is a parole violator in North Dakota and is believed responsible for mosque burglaries in the Alabama cities of Anniston and Tuscaloosa; Blacksburg, Virginia; and several other states. The GPD was later notified by ROCIC that the stolen donation box had been recovered in Shelby County, Alabama. The Gadsden investigating lieutenant noted that the mosque burglary would have remained unsolved without the unique services of ROCIC.
Commercial Burglary: At a criminal intelligence-sharing meeting hosted by ROCIC in northeast Louisiana, investigators discussed an ongoing series of storage facility burglaries occurring along Interstate 20. In particular, the Richland Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office (RPSO) was investigating the most recent offenses. Information on burglary suspects arrested by the Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office and disseminated by ROCIC led the RPSO to solve its case and make arrests. Surveillance videos of the suspects and their vehicles were of particular importance.
Interstate Burglary and Theft: Following the burglary of a local dealership in which two all-terrain vehicles were stolen, the Florence, South Carolina, Police Department (FPD) contacted ROCIC to disseminate the case method of operation and suspect and vehicle descriptors to agencies in the ROCIC region. Investigators immediately began receiving information from other agencies about similar dealership burglaries and were able to link the suspects to a burglary in North Carolina, which led to three suspects being arrested and charged with crimes in North and South Carolina. The FPD lieutenant in charge noted that the burglaries would not have been linked without the information-sharing resources of ROCIC.
Theft: The Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) investigated the theft of cash at a local chain discount store in which one suspect distracted the employees while the other suspect popped the cash drawer and took the cash. It was discovered that the suspects were hitting similar stores throughout upstate South Carolina with this method of operation (MO). The SCSO used ROCIC resources to disseminate a bulletin with MO details and surveillance photos. After receiving the bulletin, the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) identified the subjects in the surveillance photos as the same individuals who had hit a local store. When investigators contacted the SCSO and learned that the two suspects had been arrested, they obtained warrants for the suspects’ arrests. The two suspects are awaiting trial in both jurisdictions. An investigator with the OCSD stated that they would not have identified the suspects and cleared their case without availing themselves of ROCIC information-sharing services.
Stolen Vehicle: The Montgomery County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Department found that sharing information via ROCIC/RISS quickly gets results when it contacted the ROCIC staff for assistance in disseminating information regarding the theft of a truck recently purchased by the county government for $115,000. As a result of the information broadcast, it was learned that the stolen truck had been last detected in or near Greenville, Mississippi. Within an hour of contacting Greenville authorities, the vehicle was recovered by law enforcement personnel.
Recovery of Stolen Property: The Mountain Brook, Alabama, Police Department (MBPD) used ROCIC’s extensive network of law enforcement contacts to identify the owners of an expensive set of golf clubs that were recovered during a robbery investigation. The MBPD investigators had exhausted all avenues within normal channels, with no results, before turning to ROCIC. Within hours of contacting ROCIC to disseminate information to agencies in the vicinity, the victim was identified, and the stolen property returned to its rightful owners. In addition, the perpetrator of the theft was arrested.
Credit Card Fraud: The use of ROCIC/RISS information sharing services allowed the Waynesboro, Virginia, Police Department (WPD) to link suspects who had placed a credit card skimmer on a local automated teller machine (ATM) to a Romanian multistate organized criminal enterprise. Initially, after ROCIC disseminated a bulletin depicting surveillance photos of the suspects in Waynesboro, a detective in Baltimore, Maryland, noted that the suspects had used credit card information to obtain cash in his jurisdiction. Newspaper articles were written about similar cases. Months later, a sergeant with the Cape Coral, Florida, Police Department noticed the newspaper accounts on the Internet and linked the suspects to fraud cases in his jurisdiction. ROCIC disseminated updated information, leading investigators with the Staunton, Virginia, Police Department to identify the suspects as those acting in their jurisdiction. With the cases tentatively linked, the investigations in Waynesboro, Staunton, and Baltimore were turned over to the United States Secret Service (USSS) for further investigation. Soon afterwards, the USSS and the Maryland State Police jointly served search-and-arrest warrants in Baltimore that resulted in three arrests for access device fraud (two federal and one state) and the seizure of two laptop computers, three magnetic stripe re-encoding machines, skimmer assembly tools and components, nearly 80 credit/debit cards, and more than $4,000 in U.S. currency. It was determined that the Romanian organized crime group had used information obtained from the skimmers to fraudulently withdraw about $400,000 cash in multiple states. The WPD noted that its case never would have been linked to this criminal operation without the information sharing services of ROCIC.
Currency Counterfeiting: ROCIC disseminated an intelligence request for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office (SRCSO) in Milton, Florida, regarding suspects passing counterfeit $100 bills in the Florida Panhandle. Within ten minutes, ROCIC received a response from the Covington County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) in Andalusia, Alabama, indicating that it had the two pictured suspects in custody, along with a female coconspirator. ROCIC notified the SRCSO about the suspects. The suspects were subsequently identified, and a case was made. It was also learned that the suspects had passed 10 counterfeit bills at a general store in McKenzie, Alabama, and were in possession of cocaine and marijuana when arrested in Covington County. The three suspects were from Montgomery, Alabama, and are believed to be responsible for several additional cases in Opp and Enterprise, Alabama, and other south Alabama and Florida Panhandle towns and cities. The SRCSO stated that the suspects were apprehended as a direct result of the bulletin being disseminated by ROCIC, otherwise the case likely would never have been solved.
Shoplifting: Within five minutes of ROCIC disseminating a bulletin regarding a series of retail thefts in Alabaster, Alabama, targeting electronic fitness-tracker devices, the Alabaster Police Department (APD) received calls from the DeKalb County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Office and the Clanton, Alabama, Police Department identifying the suspect, in addition to a call from an asset protection investigator with a large discount store chain. The APD was then able to obtain multiple arrest warrants against the identified theft suspect. The grateful case detective characterized the response to ROCIC’s bulletin as nothing short of amazing.
Law Enforcement Resources: Through the use of its extensive information-sharing network, ROCIC assisted a member agency in dire need of law enforcement assets but lacking in finances. The chief of the Coweta, Oklahoma, Police Department notified ROCIC that it wished to sell two of its used patrol vehicles–complete with lights, sirens, and cages–at a very affordable price, to a department in need. After ROCIC disseminated this offer to its member agencies, officers with the Mountainburg, Arkansas, Police Department (MPD) took possession of the units and made them road-ready. The two patrol units will greatly increase the MPD’s ability to serve and protect the citizens of Mountainburg, thanks to ROCIC and the generosity of the Coweta Police Department.
Information Sharing/Intelligence Research Services
Multistate Burglaries: During an investigation into the burglary of a local chain saw shop, the West Monroe, Louisiana, Police Department (WMPD) used ROCIC to disseminate case information to law enforcement agencies in Louisiana and the surrounding states. Shortly thereafter, the WMPD was contacted by agencies in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri that had had similar burglary cases. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted to produce a timeline and location chart of all the break-ins, which made it easier for investigators to connect the dots. A lead was developed by authorities in Texas that resulted in the arrest of a suspect who was believed responsible for at least 29 burglaries of chain saw shops in five states. Power equipment, valued at several thousand dollars, has been recovered.
Intelligence Research Services
Criminal Investigations: Criminal investigators with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County, Kentucky, Police Department utilize ROCIC services on a regular basis. Over the past year, investigators have contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff more than 200 times to locate suspects, fugitives, and witnesses for crimes, such as homicide, sex offenses, narcotics trafficking, theft, and robbery. In addition, ROCIC has assisted the Lexington–Fayette Urban County Police Department in locating victims and witnesses who have moved from the Lexington area between the time of the investigation and the beginning of prosecution.
Shoplifting: The ROCIC intelligence research staff identified the associate of a shoplifting suspect wanted for stealing merchandise at discount department stores up and down the East Coast. The associate was contacted and provided the true identity of the theft suspect. A warrant was obtained and the suspect was subsequently arrested by the Opelika, Alabama, Police Department. Originally, the investigator obtained the suspect’s name by publicizing the surveillance photograph taken of her in the store. He used the name to search an online social media site and found the name of the associate, who had been in the Opelika store at the time the main suspect committed her crimes.
Counterfeit Bank Cards and Identity Theft: Opelika, Alabama, Police Department (OPD) investigators were notified by loss prevention officers that two suspects using counterfeit credit cards at their store in another Alabama city might be headed to Opelika. The OPD officers conducted surveillance at the local store and arrested one of the suspects in possession of 13 counterfeit credit cards. Investigators contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to obtain telephone numbers for the victimized account holders. All of the victims were contacted by police officers and advised to close their accounts. In another case involving a suspect with 20 counterfeit credit cards and several fake identity cards, the ROCIC staff provided numbers to contact and notify the victims. In some cases, the driver’s licenses were sent back to the victims.
Bank Fraud: The Rogers, Arkansas, Police Department (RPD) investigated the passing of nearly $100,000 worth of stolen checks at banks in several cities in northwest Arkansas using identification stolen during vehicle burglaries. The method of operation was clearly identified as another in a series of criminal activities by the notorious Felony Lane Gang (FLG) from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Investigators identified the bank suspect but could not identify her handlers. After an inquiry was filed, the ROCIC intelligence research staff identified one of the FLG handlers, and the RPD applied for felony forgery warrants against her. The investigator said the identity of the gang member probably would have remained unknown if it were not for the resources of ROCIC.
Bank Card Fraud: The Monroe, Louisiana, Police Department investigated a bank fraud case in which two citizens had debit cards stolen from a mailbox at their previous addresses. The cards were activated and the suspect had set up a new personal identification number (PIN). The suspect deposited a fake check into each account and later made numerous transactions via the debit cards until the fake checks were discovered by the bank, resulting in a loss of more than $1,000. Video surveillance footage was obtained, and it was discovered that the suspect had a social media account under a false name. Failing to make identification, investigators contacted ROCIC and was provided with the suspect’s fake name. Within hours, the ROCIC intelligence research staff returned a comprehensive file on the suspect and his true identity. Arrest warrants were obtained, and forwarded to Texas, the suspect’s state of current residence.
Credit Card Fraud: The Georgia Office of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit (OAG CPU), investigated a suspect who had obtained more than 847 credit card applications, from which he successfully obtained more than 600 credit cards. The investigation led to a 23-count federal indictment and the issuance of an arrest warrant. Investigators had an address for the suspect and had spotted him during earlier surveillances. The USPIS had hits for the suspect’s car in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, but all contacts with the suspect were several months old. The OAG CPU contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to request a search of databases for additional addresses and check for additional hits. The ROCIC staff fulfilled the request in less than two hours, providing two additional possible addresses from a skip-trace report. The investigators checked the last known address from a previous surveillance and learned that the suspect had moved out after a domestic altercation. The former girlfriend then called the defendant to warn him about the warrant. OAG CPU and USPIS investigators split into two groups to immediately check the two addresses provided by ROCIC. Within 20 minutes of the warning call, the suspect was spotted leaving the third address obtained from ROCIC. The defendant had grabbed some clothing, his computers and phones, additional fraud-related material, and was fleeing the area. He was stopped in the parking lot and arrested for the outstanding warrant. Based on new probable cause developed during the arrest, a search warrant was drafted for the computers and phones in his car. Additional fraud activity was determined. The suspect is currently being held with no bond in the federal system.
Credit Card Fraud: The Central, South Carolina, Police Department received a report of a stolen credit card being used at several local businesses. During the subsequent investigation, numerous avenues of information gathering were used in an attempt to identify the male and female suspects and their vehicle, with no results. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted for assistance. Using the phone number and the vehicle information provided by ROCIC, the investigator identified an address that led to the female suspect. The vehicle information and additional cell phone information led to the male suspect. Both suspects were arrested and are awaiting court action.
Business Fraud: A local business owner paid for advertisements of her business, and when she discovered that the suspect had not provided the advertising, she contacted the Sumter County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office. The victim was able to provide a name and phone number for the suspect. The investigator was unable to identify the suspect, so he contacted ROCIC. The ROCIC intelligence research staff provided a wealth of information on the suspect, including a photograph. The photograph was matched to a bank surveillance video of the subject cashing the victim’s check. Further investigation determined that the suspect had created a bogus company to take money, with no means or intention of providing any advertising. The photograph and information provided by ROCIC allowed the investigator to obtain a warrant on this individual. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is searching for other victims of this scam.
Investment Fraud: The Bay County, Florida, Police Department has three investigators working full-time on major fraud cases, including an investment scam involving the so-called North American Football League. One local investor lost $45,000 and another one lost $150,000. Including victims in several other states, the scam is believed to be responsible for losses in excess of one million dollars. The ROCIC intelligence research staff uncovered information leading to the identification and location of the primary suspect in Tennessee, along with his female companion and coconspirator. The two suspects face charges brought by the Florida State Attorney’s Office, 14th Judicial District, and the USAO, including swindling over $50,000; first-degree grand theft of $100,000 or more; and obtaining money by trickery. The criminal intelligence developed by ROCIC was of great assistance in locating the perpetrators and in developing the case.
Welfare Fraud: For almost a year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General in Temple, Texas, investigated multiple cases of fraud in reference to a welfare nutrition and meals program. In these cases, a single parent or parents would claim to have more children in the household than in reality to collect more government funds. Using the services of the ROCIC intelligence research staff to corroborate the claims, the federal agency has obtained indictments against 12 fraud suspects. In addition, ROCIC staff produced link-analysis charts, timelines, document sorts, and bank record examinations relating to the suspects for use in the investigations and subsequent prosecutions of the defendants. The special agent in charge of the case called ROCIC resources a meaningful force-multiplier and stated that the ROCIC work quality is second-to-none and that the response time is almost immediate.
Fraud/False Swearing: The Georgia State Board of Worker’s Compensation Enforcement Division received a complaint from an attorney representing an employer in a worker’s compensation claim. The complainant alleged that an employee, who had been injured while at work, had filed a worker’s compensation claim and subsequently made multiple false statements while under oath during a deposition. As part of the investigation, the Enforcement Division requested assistance from the ROCIC intelligence research staff, which, in turn, produced a comprehensive intelligence report on the employee that contained vital information pertaining to the case. Once warrants were issued for the suspect’s arrest, the information received from ROCIC led to the suspect’s location, and an arrest was made in Bibb County, Georgia.
Theft of Resources: The Louisiana Department of Agriculture investigated a multiyear series of thefts of timber, specifically in Union and Ouachita Parishes of Louisiana, by a logging contractor based in Arkansas. The contractor continually moved from place to place, state to state, in a travel trailer with his family. During a three-year period, the suspect was responsible for stealing $123,000 worth of timber. Unable to locate the suspect, Louisiana investigators turned to ROCIC to provide his location. The suspect was arrested and awaits trial, having made restitution in several of the theft cases.
Embezzlement: The Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) was investigating a case in which a suspect stole approximately $1 million from her employer. The KCSO contacted ROCIC to assist in locating her. The ROCIC intelligence research staff, having vast experience in locating suspects, victims, and witnesses, returned information that led the KCSO to finding and arresting the suspect, who now awaits trial.
Income Tax Evasion: The Georgia Department of Revenue, Office of Special Investigations (DORSI) contacted ROCIC to provide a law enforcement contact in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. The DORSI Director needed assistance in serving a high-profile entertainment personality with documents pertaining to a criminal case involving income tax evasion. The investigator had received information that the target would be filming on a movie set within a certain time frame and needed assistance from local law enforcement for the service. ROCIC provided contact information and arranged a meeting. The Georgia investigator traveled to the Nashville area and served the individual within an hour of arrival, then returned to Georgia. The DORSI Director credited ROCIC and its resources for assisting with his investigation, specifically the successful serving of the investigative documents.
Child Molestation: The Thomaston, Georgia, Police Department investigated a report of the molestations of two female juveniles. The family of the victims could not provide any specific information regarding the offender except for his name. Upon request, the ROCIC intelligence research staff compiled a comprehensive report on the suspect within the hour and e-mailed the report to the Thomaston investigators. The information received from ROCIC led to the positive identification of the suspect and his subsequent arrest for sex crimes.
Sex Offender: The Frisco, Texas, Police Department (FPD) received a Child Protective Services (CPS) referral that a sex offender–who absconded from Dallas, Texas, about three years ago–was living in a local home with foster children. By law, a sex offender cannot live in the same residence with children. The suspect hid every time that CPS conducted a home visit, and the offender’s girlfriend denied that he ever lived there. At the request of FPD investigators, the ROCIC intelligence research staff provided corroborating data that the offender had listed two of the foster home addresses as his own, for bill-paying purposes. The FPD is pursuing charges for failure to comply with sex offender registration and investigating a second allegation made by one of the foster children.
Cold-Case Sex Crime: The Morgantown, West Virginia, Police Department (MPD) contacted ROCIC to track or locate a suspect identified via DNA by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) laboratory in a 1995 cold-case sex crime. Within a few hours, the detective received a report from the ROCIC intelligence research staff that determined that the suspect was incarcerated in a state institution in Wisconsin for another sex crime. The MPD is in the process of obtaining warrants for the suspect in West Virginia. Without the assistance of ROCIC, the MPD would have had great difficulty in locating the suspect. The investigator would have had to dedicate many hours of investigative time in trying to locating the suspect if ROCIC had not produced results for them in much less time.
Child Pornography: After receiving a referral from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program about an individual who was downloading child pornography from the Internet, the Ozark, Arkansas, Police Department contacted ROCIC to obtain information. The ROCIC intelligence research staff identified a number of e-mail addresses that police officers had not yet associated with the suspect. Additional evidence was collected against the suspect, who was arrested and charged with felony child pornography trafficking in U.S. federal court. He pled guilty and is now serving five years in federal prison.
ICAC: A female investigator with the Christiansburg, Virginia, Police Department (CPD) was posing online as an 11-year-old girl, chatting with a sexual predator in his forties, who was sending nude photos of himself. The man gave his name and partial birth date, enough information for the ROCIC intelligence research staff to identify and locate the suspect. The Florida Fusion Center learned about the suspect through ROCIC and contacted the CPD. It was discovered that several other Florida agencies also had the suspect on their radar. Police officers obtained and served warrants on the suspect, charging him with four felony counts of online solicitation of a minor. Child pornography was also found on his computer, and a charge was placed in Florida for possession of child pornography.
ICAC: An undercover investigator with the Christiansburg, Virginia, Police Department (CPD) obtained the cell phone number of an adult sexual predator in Pennsylvania and relayed the number to ROCIC. The ROCIC intelligence research staff identified the suspect, who was arrested in Pennsylvania by the appropriate authorities. In addition to admitting to the online solicitation of a minor and to child pornography, the suspect was accused of molesting his nine-year-old niece, taking nude photos of her, and disseminating the photos over an online video service.
Fugitive Child Molester: With assistance from the ROCIC intelligence research staff, the Columbus County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) located a fugitive who was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old child. The suspect had left the crime scene without a trace four years before and had not been seen since. The suspect was in the United States illegally from Mexico, meaning that there were few identifiers with which to work. The CCSO requested assistance from the USMS Task Force, which, in turn, contacted the ROCIC staff for a comprehensive information report on the suspect. ROCIC provided the USMS with an apartment address in Santa Ana, California. The USMS–Los Angeles Field Office confirmed the address using a North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles photo supplied by ROCIC. The suspect no longer resided at that address but a family member did. Subsequently, the suspect, who was working at a furniture store under an assumed name, was arrested in Santa Ana.
Drug Trafficking: Through extensive use of the ROCIC intelligence research staff, a multiyear federal investigation of meth traffickers in four states resulted in the conclusion of the operation, with the arrests of six major drug dealers, who are now awaiting federal prosecution, and the seizures of 11 pounds of meth,
2 pounds of marijuana, and 3 ounces of cocaine, plus $108,000 in cash and assets. The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation was initiated by the DEA–Roanoke Resident Office and quickly identified the source of the meth as a Mexican national. The subsequent 12-month investigation identified numerous local and regional drug traffickers (pound and ounce level) throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The Mexican source for the larger amounts of meth engaged a network of conspirators and couriers in various states to transport the drug shipments to Virginia for distribution. The investigative techniques used by the task force included controlled drug purchases, multiple and ongoing surveillance teams, pole cameras, confidential informants, and aerial surveillance. Eventually, the complicated nature of the investigation warranted the approval of a groundbreaking DEA-initiated Federal Title III wiretap within the Western District of Virginia. Multiple state, federal, and local agencies participated in the surveillance and subsequent exploitation of the intelligence data discovered via the wiretap. To effectively monitor and track the activities of the several dozen linked suspects, the DEA utilized the services of the ROCIC staff. As demonstrated in numerous previous DEA investigations, ROCIC’s work product is a vital part of the connectivity aspect of complex drug investigations. The ROCIC staff used baseline biographical suspect information provided by DEA intelligence analysts to provide the DEA–Roanoke Office with personal, family, business, and photographic material that was used in crafting surveillance packages for all of the allied investigative agencies. On many occasions, the success of a surveillance operation critical to the OCDETF investigation hinged on the surveillance package material provided by ROCIC, and the real-time results from mobile inquiries made to ROCIC by the field surveillance units. With the assistance of ROCIC, the Title III/OCDETF dismantled the organization, and numerous collateral suspects are still pending indictment at the state and local level.
Outstanding Drug Trafficking: The 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force in Hartsville, Tennessee, received anonymous information, including the name of an individual shipping drugs in coolers from Colorado to Tennessee. The task force contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to find social media accounts and other relevant information on the suspect. The social media information was used to uncover assets. Because of the information provided by ROCIC, two suspects were identified and one suspect was apprehended and charged. More arrests are anticipated. ROCIC was instrumental in disrupting the operation of this multistate drug distribution network.
Bomb Threats: The Macon, Mississippi, Police Department (MPD) investigated three cases of bomb threats being made in its jurisdiction and developed a telephone number associated with the threats. The ROCIC intelligence research staff obtained and provided all subscriber information connected to the number. As a result of the information provided by ROCIC, the MPD identified, located, and arrested three suspects believed to be responsible for making the threats.
Recovery of Stolen Property: The Leflore County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Department investigated various reports regarding the thefts of utility trailers in their jurisdiction. Investigators developed a telephone number associated with an individual believed to be in possession of some of the stolen trailers. After attempts to identify the cellular telephone subscriber proved unsuccessful, investigators requested assistance from ROCIC intelligence research staff, who identified a name and address associated with the cellular subscriber in Lowndes County, Mississippi. As a result of the information provided by ROCIC, Lowndes County authorities went to the address and recovered a 20-foot utility trailer and a 16-foot utility trailer stolen from
Leflore County. The recovered property had an estimated value of $4,000.
Grand Larceny: ROCIC was instrumental in locating a stolen handgun and returning it to its rightful owner. The Winchester, Virginia, Police Department (WPD) investigated a report of a handgun stolen from a residence. The homeowner pointed to his daughter’s boyfriend as the likely suspect. The boyfriend admitted to the theft and stated that he sold the handgun to a guy he knew only by his first name. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted for assistance, and the ROCIC staff identified the buyer. ROCIC provided a photo of the subject, who was verified as the buyer by the boyfriend in a photo lineup. The WPD obtained a search warrant for the subject’s residence in neighboring West Virginia. The resident was located and interviewed. He admitted to having received the handgun from the suspect in exchange for marijuana but said that he had since traded it to someone to whom he owed money. That individual was located, and the handgun was recovered. The boyfriend was charged with grand larceny and convicted.
Grand Larceny: The Christiansburg, Virginia Police Department (CPD) investigated the theft of tools from a truck. The CPD investigator obtained the suspect’s vehicle tag number from a local bank’s surveillance video footage and contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to run the out-of-state tag. The ROCIC staff produced a name and a local address, along with identifying information. The investigator located the suspect and arrested him for grand larceny.
Grand Theft: The Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) works with the ROCIC intelligence research staff on a regular basis with great success. In one instance, an investigator with the ECSO requested a Mississippi driver’s license for a suspect in a grand theft case, which was quickly supplied. An identification was made and a warrant was obtained, because of the license information. In another case, investigators needed a photo of a missing elderly person. The photo was supplied by ROCIC in a timely manner, which aided in the quick location of the missing person. In a third case, the suspect was identified through research and the Tennessee driver’s license photos supplied by ROCIC. Through the assistance of ROCIC, investigators identified the suspect and, ultimately, disposed of the case. Because of the availability of such resources, ROCIC has become an integral part of the agency’s daily intelligence work.
Aggravated Burglaries: A suspect arrested under an alias in Florence, Alabama, for residential burglary and theft was discovered to be a convicted felon wanted for aggravated commercial and residential burglaries spanning Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee. The suspect’s true identity was determined, in part, through the use of a New Jersey driver’s license photo provided by the ROCIC intelligence research staff at the Florence Police Department investigator’s request. Without ROCIC’s assistance, the suspect probably would have made bond under his alias and fled the area. Along with valuables, the suspect had been stealing passports, driver’s licenses, and other personal identification and selling them to identity-theft rings. The Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee, Police Department has 37 active warrants for his arrest and is awaiting him to make bond in Alabama.
Burglary: Detectives with the Miami Beach, Florida, Police Department investigated the burglary of an occupied vessel docked at a local marina. From the marina surveillance video, the lead detective obtained a positive identification of the suspect but did not know the suspect’s whereabouts. He contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff for assistance, and the ROCIC staff determined that the suspect had a military affiliation. Utilizing networking contacts with the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the ROCIC staff acquired the last known address for the suspect and other useful investigative intelligence information. A warrant has been obtained for the suspect’s arrest.
Residential Burglary: The North Port, Florida, Police Department (NPPD) investigated a series of residential burglaries and developed a prime suspect for the crimes, as well as potential witnesses. The suspect did not reside in the local jurisdiction, so the crime analyst with the NPPD contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to obtain an out-of-state driver’s license photograph. The witness in the case made a positive identification of the suspect from the photo. After securing probable cause, the detective obtained an arrest warrant, and the suspect was taken into custody and charged with residential burglary. The NPPD analyst noted that the ability to use ROCIC to obtain out-of-state driver’s license photos is a valuable service for an agency in a jurisdiction with a transient population.
Multiple Robberies: The ROCIC intelligence research staff assisted the Memphis, Tennessee, Police Department in identifying a suspect who was arrested and confessed to seven armed robberies. An unidentified suspect had been posting high-priced athletic shoes for sale on an online marketplace. When he met the buyer face-to-face, he would pull out a handgun and rob the victim. The investigator contacted the ROCIC staff with only the phone number and a street name obtained from pinging the subject’s cell phone. ROCIC queried the phone number and found the assailant’s real name and his current address a few blocks away from the address originally developed by the investigator. The armed robber was located and arrested.
Bank Robbery: The Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office investigated two bank robberies that occurred within hours of each other. After suspects were developed and the two robberies connected, investigators contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff for assistance. Within hours of the request, ROCIC furnished current addresses for the suspects, who were subsequently apprehended. The investigation also revealed that one of the suspects was wanted in connection with several armed robberies in Dallas, Texas.
Armed Robbery/Murder: The Fulton County, Georgia, Police Department (FCPD) investigated an armed robbery/murder case at a local gas station. During the robbery, four suspects entered the gas station and robbed and killed the clerk. The weapons used in the crime were recovered. Crime analysts with the FCPD contacted ROCIC to request a search of social media sites for any information related to the suspects. The ROCIC intelligence research staff supplied photographs that assisted investigators in linking the four suspects in the case with weapons used in the crime. All four of the suspects are awaiting trial.
Homicide: The Lexington County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Department investigated a murder involving a man who was shot and killed while attempting to mediate a dispute. The suspect fired ten shots into a crowded parking lot, striking the victim in the torso and killing him. Following the shooting, the suspect attempted to conceal facts and cover up his involvement in the crime by altering his appearance, changing his phone number, convincing his girlfriend to lie about his location at the time of the crime, and fleeing to New Jersey. The suspect was arrested in New Jersey and extradited to South Carolina. During the investigation and while preparing the case for trial, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff numerous times for assistance. The ROCIC staff provided information on 37 direct inquiries involving witnesses and associates of the suspect and information on 60 phone numbers. A trial was conducted and the suspect was found guilty of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The judge sentenced the defendant to 35 years in prison.
Homicide of Law Officer: The Louisiana State Police and the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office contacted ROCIC for assistance in preparing for the trial of a suspect accused of murdering a Webster Parish, Louisiana, deputy sheriff who worked as a corrections officer at the detention center. The ROCIC intelligence research staff produced 16 charts to present to the jury from photographs, maps, crime scene sketches, and other documents submitted by the authorities. The ROCIC staff confirmed driver’s license information on the suspect and witnesses, as well as current historical addresses and exposure on social media. At the trial, the jury came back with a guilty verdict in less than an hour, and the defendant was given a mandatory sentence of life without parole. Prosecutors were pleased with ROCIC’s products and plan to use ROCIC resources for the upcoming trial of an accessory to this case.
Double Homicide: The ROCIC intelligence research staff were instrumental in finding witnesses crucial to the successful prosecution of four defendants who were accused of brutally murdering a young man and his girlfriend and robbing them of money and drugs. The male victim was shot in the head twice at close range with a .38 revolver, while the victims and their three so-called friends all rode in a car in Cocke County, Tennessee, looking for oxycodone and other illegal pills. Next, the female victim was shot twice in the face. Once the car was stopped under a bridge, the victim and his girlfriend were dumped out of the car. The female was then shot several times in the head to kill her, and her clothes were stripped off in search of drugs. The killers found $3,000 in U.S. currency and some pills hidden in the female’s clothing but did not find the rock of meth that she had jammed up into her armpit. The suspects met up with another female friend and ransacked the victims’ apartment in search of more drugs. They tried to dispose of all of the bloody articles of clothing and other debris from the vehicle in locations throughout Cocke and Greene County, Tennessee. Once the investigation began, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Greeneville, Tennessee, used the critical investigative tools offered by ROCIC to locate telephone numbers, telephone locations, and phone pings and to produce charts to help the investigators triangulate the locations of the suspects during the late night and early morning of the murders. The case lingered on as investigators continued their massive two-county search for witnesses and informants. Given only the first name of a former mother-in-law, ROCIC led investigators to a crucial witness residing in a remote part of Cocke County. Without the information and testimony of that witness and several others located by ROCIC, the primary shooter would not have been convicted of any crime at all. There was no DNA physical evidence nor forensics evidence linking him to the murders. He denied even being inside the vehicle. The defendants were brought up on charges of first-degree murder and additional charges of felony murder during the commission of a robbery and a theft. The trial jury took only two hours to bring back six counts of first-degree murder against the primary shooter, each carrying a life sentence. The secondary shooter pled guilty to all six counts and received the same sentences. The third defendant, a female, pled guilty and received a 20-year prison sentence. The girlfriend of the primary shooter pled guilty to being an accessory after the fact and received an 18-year sentence.
Homicide: Upon the request of the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Newkirk, Oklahoma, the ROCIC intelligence research staff was able to quickly find the correct and current address of a witness whose testimony was critical in the upcoming murder trial of two defendants. Investigators were able to locate the witness and schedule testimony for the trial.
Homicide: The Milton, Florida, Police Department (MPD) investigated a homicide and contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to obtain addresses. The ROCIC staff provided addresses that the MPD had not been aware of, which led to the location of the suspect. The suspect is considered the main player in the homicide case. The intelligence from ROCIC has led to four arrests in the ongoing investigation.
Homicide Trial: In preparation for a murder trial, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Lexington, South Carolina, listed a total of 86 potential witnesses, 13 of whom could not be located. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted to provide information that helped locate all 13 witnesses. The murder trial lasted seven days and resulted in a hung jury. The case will be placed back on the trial docket. The investigator said that his office would not have been able to present the case at all had it not been for the assistance provided by ROCIC.
Notification of Kin: The Polk County District Attorney’s Office in Livingston, Texas, investigated the brutal shooting of a 26-year-old homeless man by other homeless men. The body was left by the roadside in a rural part of the county. Authorities made multiple arrests, but they did not know how to notify the relatives of the victim. The Polk County District Attorney’s Office contacted ROCIC, and the ROCIC intelligence research staff produced the names of the next of kin, along with their addresses and contact information. The victim’s mother, father, and grandmother were all contacted, allowing closure for the family. The ROCIC staff is currently tasked with researching information on the suspects, who were charged in the homicide case.
Hostage Situation: Officers with the Columbia, Tennessee, Police Department responded to a bank robbery call involving a man armed with a machete, holding nine hostages inside. Learning the suspect’s name, an officer on-scene contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff and requested a full background report. The information provided by ROCIC was utilized when interviewing the suspect’s family members. The police negotiator then used that information to build rapport with the offender to get him to release the hostages. All of the hostages were released unharmed, and the suspect was taken into custody. Investigators stated that without the quick response from ROCIC, the negotiations might not have been successful and the safety of the hostages may have been compromised.
Domestic Violence: The 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in South Carolina was preparing a violent domestic assault case for court and could not locate the victim. The Solicitor’s Office received information that shortly after the assault, the victim had left South Carolina in fear of her safety. In order to move forward with the case, the victim had to be located. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted to locate the victim. The information provided by ROCIC enabled the investigator to locate a relative, who delivered a message to the victim via social media. The victim then contacted the Solicitor’s Office and advised that she was living in New Orleans, Louisiana, and would be available for the trial.
Felony Domestic Abuse: Investigators with the White County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office attempted to locate a suspect in a felony domestic-abuse investigation but were unable to find any trace of the suspect. There was no sign of criminal history, no driver’s history, and no photographs. During the suspect’s marriage, he often claimed to his now-estranged wife that any trace of his background had been wiped by the government, following classified work that he had conducted while in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Whether this was true or not, deputies could not find a trace of him. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted for assistance. Within a few hours, the ROCIC staff located a listing of the suspect in a noncriminal database and forwarded the information. Possible addresses for the suspect were identified by ROCIC and passed on to the investigating deputies. The deputies located the suspect at one of the addresses and arrested him, pursuant to the felony domestic-battery warrant.
Aggravated Assault: The Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) investigated a subject from South Carolina–one of three suspects who allegedly fired a weapon into an occupied vehicle. Investigators had no records or photographs of the out-of-state suspect, who also was not listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)/Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC) databases. Less than an hour after being contacted by the ECSO, the ROCIC intelligence research staff provided a South Carolina driver’s license photo to one of the victims in order to positively identify the suspect. The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Assault: The Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney’s Office was investigating an assault case. The District Attorney’s investigators attempted to locate the victim and several witnesses without much success. The agency contacted ROCIC to request information pertaining to the current locations of the witnesses. Investigators credit information received from the ROCIC intelligence research staff in helping to locate the crucial witnesses that led to the conviction of the defendant, who received a sentence of 25 years in prison. The investigator said that without the assistance of ROCIC, the case would have fallen apart.
Assault: The Flowery Branch, Georgia, Police Department investigated an assault case involving the stabbing of a female victim that was witnessed by her four children and a neighbor’s child. One of the children was also assaulted. The suspect was thought to be in the United States illegally and to have outstanding warrants in California and Texas. Checks with the NCIC revealed no relevant information. The investigators contacted ROCIC to request any possible information on the suspect. Information provided to the agency by the ROCIC intelligence research staff assisted in the identification and arrest of the suspect. The suspect was indicted on two counts of assault.
Witness Location: In three separate felony cases involving assault, sexual assault, and robbery, the 33rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which serves Burnet, Llano, Blanco, and San Saba Counties in Texas requested and received address information from the ROCIC intelligence research staff that was used by the victim services officer to locate witnesses vital to the successful prosecution of those cases. The 33rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office uses ROCIC resources on a regular basis.
Fugitive Apprehension: At the beginning of an orientation for officers with the Bardstown, Kentucky, Police Department, the ROCIC intelligence research staff requested and received the names of three fugitives who were wanted by the agency. During the orientation, attendees were notified that ROCIC had located one of the fugitives, who was incarcerated in Tennessee. He has since been returned to Nelson County, Kentucky, to stand trial for drug trafficking. Since then, Bardstown police officers have used ROCIC resources successfully on many occasions.
Fugitive Apprehension: The 97th Judicial District Attorney’s Office–which serves Archer, Clay, and Montague Counties in Texas–contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to request information on 18 fugitives who had been at large for some time. The ROCIC staff located nine of the fugitives, who were subsequently arrested, including one who was located by authorities in Oregon. The prosecutors praised the promptness and courtesy of the ROCIC staff and described their ability to analyze data and locate fugitives as being vital to the mission of the prosecutor’s office.
Fugitive Apprehension: The Rockdale County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office prepared to conduct an outstanding warrant sweep involving some of the more serious crimes that had been committed in its jurisdiction. Sheriff’s deputies requested that the ROCIC intelligence research staff run database intelligence inquiries on each subject. Deputies subsequently arrested 24 individuals based on information received from ROCIC, clearing 43 warrants in the two-day operation. ROCIC also determined that 15 individuals were already incarcerated or deceased, thus saving numerous man-hours tracking down these individuals.
Fugitive Apprehension: The White County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to assist in locating a suspect, who was wanted for second-degree battery, a Class C felony. A local wealthy 80-year-old woman had suddenly married a man less than half of her age. After a short period of wedded bliss, she gradually became aware that the sole interest of her new husband was to consume her considerable wealth. She finally told him that she was divorcing him, at which time he became enraged and beat her mercilessly. The suspect then fled the area. Investigators were unable to locate him until they contacted ROCIC for assistance. The ROCIC staff provided information, including addresses of possible relatives living in other locales. Using this information, deputies located and arrested the suspect at the home of a brother and charged him with felony battery. The suspect remains in custody, awaiting trial.
Evading Arrest: The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Law Enforcement Division to provide the identity and the address of a parolee who had fled wardens in a high-speed chase after trespassing on private property. The TPWD received an extensive criminal history and a driver’s license photo of the suspect, who had just been released from prison. Working with local authorities, the TPWD investigators arrested the suspect at the northeast Texas address provided by ROCIC.
Criminal Warrants: During the investigations of various crimes, the Fairburn, Georgia, Police Department (FPD) attempted to serve old warrants which it had obtained. The usual methods of locating the suspects proved unsuccessful. The FPD submitted an outstanding warrant list to the ROCIC intelligence research staff. After research was conducted by ROCIC staff, five individuals listed on pending felony warrants, who were already serving time in various Georgia prisons, were located. This valuable information allowed investigators to move forward with disposing of their pending cases through the courts and other means.
Suspect Elimination: Two men and two women worked together to rob an elderly man at a Petersburg, Virginia, motel. The investigation quickly led to the arrest of one of the females. She implicated another subject as the other female suspect and the subject’s cousin as one of the male suspects. Officers with the Petersburg Police Department contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff for a more recent photograph of the second female suspect. The photo was used in a lineup, and neither the victim nor the suspect in custody could identify the female in the photo or her male cousin. As a result of ROCIC’s assistance, two innocent persons were eliminated as suspects in the robbery case.
Animal Abuse: The ROCIC intelligence research staff was instrumental in providing information that led to the apprehension of a suspect and fugitive accused of the horrific torturing and killing of three puppies at his mobile home residence in Petersburg, Virginia. The puppies had an adhesive on their muzzles and bodies and their stomachs contained medications, insecticide, and firecrackers. The suspect eluded police until a detective with the Petersburg Police Department contacted ROCIC to run a background check, which provided a Florida address for the suspect’s girlfriend. The detective was able to persuade the suspect to return to Petersburg and turn himself in to authorities. He was charged with three counts each of killing livestock and animal abuse. The investigator noted that officers would still be looking for the suspect without the use of ROCIC services.