North Carolina Leadership for ROCIC
In addition to federal monitoring, ROCIC is governed by a board of directors composed of an elected member and proxy from each of the 14 states in the ROCIC region. In North Carolina, these leadership positions are held by:
Major Michael V. Adams
Lieutenant Colonel John A. Reid
Randolph County Sheriff’s Office
Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service Task Force
Intelligence Research Services
Fugitive Child Molester: With assistance from the ROCIC intelligence research staff, the Columbus County 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 U.S. Marshals Service (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.
147 Member Agencies
15,961 Sworn Personnel Served
1,027 Officers and Personnel Trained
32,221 Intelligence Database Inquiries
362 Intelligence Database Hits
628 Requests for Information on 1,756 Targets
1,339 Analytical and 20 Forensic Products Delivered
87,692 Bulletins and Special Reports Disseminated
58 Pieces of Investigative Equipment Loaned
The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) mission is to assist local, state, federal, and tribal criminal justice agencies by providing adaptive solutions and services that facilitate information sharing, support criminal investigations, and promote officer safety.
The Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), one of the six RISS Centers, began providing services to its members in 1973.
The ROCIC region consists of:
• North Carolina
• Puerto Rico
• South Carolina
• U.S. Virgin Islands
• West Virginia
Since 1973, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from ROCIC services has grown to more than 2,100 agencies.
Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
First-Degree Murder: After hearing testimony and observing cell tower mapping reports produced by ROCIC, a jury in Onslow County 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 that 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.
Halifax County Sheriff’s Office
Drug Trafficking: Using information supplied by a Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle tracker on loan from ROCIC that was attached to a suspected drug trafficker’s vehicle, the Halifax County 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 one 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.
Cramerton Police Department
Narcotics Trafficking: Notified that a city employee was using drugs during his lunch break, the Cramerton 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.
Durham County Sheriff’s Office
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 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.
Troy Police Department
Information Sharing Services
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 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.