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Local Municipality Case Example (Stolen Cars)
"Members of the county police department had been conducting a joint investigation targeting a multi-spectrum stolen/carjacked vehicle exportation organization.
During the months of March and April, 2011, the police department conducted an investigation into the purchasing of stolen and carjacked vehicles from within the county that were being exported to Africa. During the investigation, several suspects were identified as key members of the operation. FinCEN queries were conducted, and this information was used to confirm and identify additional locations for the suspects operation. Due to this information, numerous search and seizure warrants were executed and stolen property was recovered, along with the arrests of three suspects.
The three suspects in this case were subsequently charged in U.S. district court where they have pleaded guilty and have received federal prison sentences."
[Published in The SAR Activity Review - Trends, Tips & Issues, 22, October 2012]