Uncovering Members of an International Drug Smuggling Network
One platform to search versus many disparate databases
Revealed other associates related to the suspect using one probe image
Solved a year-long
case that had no leads
A NICKNAME IS NOT ENOUGH TO IDENTIFY A SUSPECT
A federal law enforcement agency’s intelligence project had hit a dead end.
A coordinated criminal organization based in Mexico used Facebook to recruit drivers to cross the United States/Mexico border to deliver money. The network secretly placed illegal drugs into the drivers’ vehicles and warned them that they were being tracked with the supposed money they were carrying. Unaware that they were now smuggling drugs, some of the unwitting mules were later caught smuggling the narcotics into the U.S. from Mexico.
Law enforcement tried to identify the recruiter just based upon the nickname the unwitting mules provided, but despite searching over 50 relevant intelligence databases for over a year, law enforcement could not identify the recruiter.
Despite over a year of investigation, law enforcement could not identify a suspect.