Investigation Involving The Trafficking Of Narcotics

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In 2004, Antoine Jones, an owner and operator of a Washington D.C. night club, became the target of the FBI and Metropolitan Police Department in an investigation involving the trafficking of narcotics. Many investigative techniques were employed by the investigators which included visual surveillance of the night club, installation of a camera focused on the front door of the club, and a pen register and wiretap on Jones’s cellular phone. In 2005, with help from these techniques, enough information was acquired for the government to apply to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for a warrant. The warrant authorized the use of an electronic tracking device on Jones’s Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was registered in his wife’s name. The warrant was issued and authorized installation of the device in the District of Columbia and within 10 days. Officers decided on the 11th day to install the GPS underneath of his vehicle while it was in a public parking lot in Maryland. This device tracked Jones’s vehicles every move 24 hours a day for 28 days. This particular case focuses solely on the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure, which is discussed in Chapter 11. The government’s installation of the GPS onto the vehicle constitutes a “seizure,” and the use of the device to monitor movement is a “search.” Evidence & Setting Jones was charged in late 2005 alongside multiple alleged co-conspirators with conspiracy to distribute and
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