When we arrest high-level drug dealers in our community, we often seize their assets and distribute them throughout the city to a number of resources. The police department that makes the arrest often benefits because we can either buy more police cars, safety equipment, or provide more training for my staff. We had a very troublesome situation after we arrested a very high-level drug dealer in our community.
Even though we were able to seize the house and vehicles, we knew he was hiding millions somewhere in our city. The fact that he had zero bank accounts and never used credit cards just confirmed that he was sitting on a huge pile of case, and we were determined to seize those assets so we could use the money to strengthen our police force and eliminate the flow of drugs to our children.
After months of dead ends, I decided to try something completely off the walls to try and find the money this suspect was hiding. Securus Technologies had installed a modern inmate call system with updated software that was going to bust this case wide open for us. The suspect was using the inmate phones, and he knew we were listening carefully, so may times his conversations were coded in ways to keep us off the scent. One call in particular was picked up the LBS software, and alerted me and my team to some interesting information.
It appeared that the person who was getting the suspect’s money from a storage unit was now in jail, and they needed a new runner to hit the locker to keep the flow of money moving. Once the location was revealed, we easily discovered which unit the suspect hid his money. We were able to seize over $15 million from that unit that is now funding our new narcotics task force thanks in part to Securus Technologies.