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NCJ Number: 150976 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Conspiracy Cases
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:63  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1994)  Pages:1-5
Author(s): G D Lee
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
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Language: English
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Annotation: Noting that investigations of drug conspiracy cases achieve the same results with fewer police resources than traditional drug cases, this article provides guidelines for use by police administrators seeking to take advantage of the benefits of drug conspiracy cases.
Abstract: The traditional approach of arresting drug offenders for distribution often entails an informant and many undercover purchases. Securing a conviction with this approach requires an inordinate amount of time, personnel, and money. In contrast, drug conspiracy is a separate offense and does not depend on whether the individual accomplished the conspiracy's goal of selling drugs. As a result, investigations that focus on the simple elements of proof for conspiracy can achieve many of the same results as more complex investigations but with less cost and effort. Evidence of a conspiracy may consist of simple documents such as car rental agreements, hotel receipts, and telephone bills. Undercover police officers can also testify about the events they see and hear. The questions that the police officer asks a defendant during recorded conversations can also reveal the truth about the defendant's intent. Other investigative techniques include mail covers and trash runs. Cases involving past drug transactions require similar investigative techniques and may result in the arrest of notorious drug traffickers. The main benefits of drug conspiracy cases are their cost efficiency, simplicity, crime prevention aspects, ability to use the exception to the hearsay rule of evidence, and applicability of asset forfeiture laws. 9 reference notes and photographs
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Conspiracy; Investigative techniques; Police effectiveness
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