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FBI and DHS Partner to Catch Border Trespassers with Iris Recognition Technology

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security have joined forces to better identify border trespassers through iris recognition scan exchanges, bureau officials recently announced.

The technology would match a digital image of the colored part of a trespasser’s eye against archived photos, which helps officials quickly determine if they have found the correct person, authorities said.

The FBI has begun collecting iris scans from state and local prisons and DHS is increasingly using the iris recognition technology at border stations, department officials said.

FBI is also preparing to launch a new biometric system by late 2014 that would search archived images of faces, scars, tattoos and other skin markings.

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Agents Arrest, Indict 5 From Cocaine & Oxycodone Smuggling Ring

Federal, state, and New York City law enforcement officials announced last week the indictment and arrests of the leader and four associates involved in a sophisticated criminal organization.

The organization was responsible for trafficking large quantities of cocaine and oxycodone from Puerto Rico to New York City via the U.S. Postal Service.

The arrests and indictments against the ring leader, Juan Valdez, and his associates followed court authorized searches of two Bronx day care centers, one prior to the arrest and the other in September, 2013. A long-term wiretap investigation had been conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Team and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).


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Supreme Court: Anonymous Tip with Verifiable Specific Details Created Reasonable Suspicion

On August 23, 2008, a 911 call was placed.  The emergency call stated that a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck with plate number 8D94925 had run the caller off the road and was driving dangerously.  The caller also relayed that the truck was heading southbound on Highway 1 and that the incident had occurred at mile marker 88.  The California Highway Patrol (“CHP”) was dispatched.  CHP spotted and passed the truck at 4:00 pm, approximately 18 minutes after the alleged incident occurred at mile marker 69. 

CHP observed the truck for a period and initiated a stop at 4:05 pm.  A second officer joined in the stop.  As the two officers approached the truck, they smelled marijuana.  A search of the truck bed revealed 30 pounds of marijuana.  The officers arrested the driver, Lorenzo Prado Navarette, and the passenger, José Prado Navarette on state drug charges.