TENNESSEE

RISS Center- ROCIC

Tennessee Leadership for ROCIC

In addition to federal monitoring, ROCIC is governed by a board of directors composed of an elected member and a proxy from each of the 14 states in the ROCIC region. In Tennessee, these leadership positions are held by:

Board Member:
Sheriff Jeff Long
Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
(615) 790-5604

Board Proxy:
Director Mike “Sarge” Thompson
15th Judicial District Drug and
Violent Crimes Task Force
(615) 374-9757

Memphis Police Department
Analytical Services

Homicide: Crime scene documentation produced by ROCIC helped convict a defendant of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Memphis 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 sixmonth period, an ROCIC intelligence analyst 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 analyst produced a clear and precise three-dimensional, animated video that depicted, for the trial jury, each individual’s movements inside the residence at the time of the shooting.

In FY2017—

256 Member Agencies
21,216 Sworn Personnel Served
2,511 Officers and Personnel Trained
142,538 Intelligence Database Inquiries
3,058 Intelligence Database Hits
2,020 Requests for Information on 10,454 Targets
33,743 Analytical and 132 Forensic Products Delivered
125,840 Bulletins and Special Reports Disseminated
348 Pieces of Investigative Equipment Loaned

Greene County Sheriff’s Office and 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Double Homicide: The ROCIC intelligence research staff was 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 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 methamphetamine 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. Once the investigation began, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Greeneville 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 deoxyribonucleic acid 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.

Testimonials

“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

“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 Sheriff’s Office

“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 General’s Office

“Without the quick response from ROCIC, the negotiations and safety of the hostages may not have been successful.”

—Columbia Police Department

Columbia Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

Hostage Situation: Officers with the Columbia 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.

18th Judicial District Drug Task Force and U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Equipment Services

Narcotics Trafficking: A known drug trafficker used the United States Postal Service and a commercial parcel carrier to send and receive shipments of cocaine. AGlobal Positioning System (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. The search yielded more than 8 ounces of cocaine, 12 pounds of marijuana, $28,000 in cash, 7 firearms, 2 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 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.

18th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office
Analytical Services

Homicide: Work performed by the ROCIC analytical staff, along with courtroom testimony, assisted the 18th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office in Gallatin in the successful prosecution of a defendant for first -degree murder. The defendant was sentenced to life in prison. The victim―a Davidson County resident who had no ties to Sumner County―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. This was the third time that the 18th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office had worked with ROCIC to obtain a successful prosecution and certainly not the last.

Murfreesboro Police Department
Audio/Video Services

Rape: The Murfreesboro 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.

Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office
Equipment Services

Prostitution: Equipment borrowed from ROCIC was used in the successful investigation of a small prostitution ring operating in Unicoi County. 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 the 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.

Clarksville Police Department
Analytical Services

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 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 success of the investigation would have been uncertain.

Erin Police Department
Audio/Video Services

Homicide: Officers with the Erin 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 audio/video 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.

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:
• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Florida
• Georgia
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
• Mississippi
• North Carolina
• Oklahoma
• Puerto Rico
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Texas
• U.S. Virgin Islands
• Virginia
• West Virginia

Since 1973, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from ROCIC services has grown to more than 2,100 agencies.

www.riss.net/Impact

Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office
Equipment Services

Narcotics Trafficking: Using specialized surveillance equipment borrowed from ROCIC to document undercover purchases of meth from a local supplier, the Unicoi County 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.

Memphis Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

Multiple Robberies: The ROCIC intelligence research staff assisted the Memphis 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.

Coopertown Police Department
Analytical Services

Drug Trafficking: The Coopertown 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.

Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office
Equipment Services

Narcotics Trafficking: The Unicoi County 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 the use of the ROCIC equipment, along with the training of its use, helped to make the whole case.

18th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office
Audio/Video Services

Child Rape: Using recordings redacted by the ROCIC audio/video staff, the 18th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office in Gallatin 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.

Nashville Metropolitan Airport Authority, Department of Public Safety
Analytical Services

Shoplifting: A female airline passenger shoplifted sunglasses, valued at $400, at the Nashville 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 email 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.

15th Judicial District Drug Task Force
Intelligence Research Services

Outstanding Drug Trafficking: The 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force in Hartsville 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.