When we noticed a spike in crimes in our city, we deployed a team of investigators to try and put a stop to the incidents. I was part of that team, and we began our efforts trying to get a read on who was responsible for the crimes. It came to be that a local gang was trying to expand their territory, and when they crossed over the boundaries of a rival gang, all hell broke loose. In order to get back control of the city and prevent further crimes, we needed to find the guilty parties and make arrests.
The trouble with gang violence is you never get help from informants for a number of reasons. Either these folks do not want to turn in friends or they are in fear of their family becoming the targets of violence. If we were going to break this case open, we needed to get the word on who we should start focusing on. We decided to try and get some inmates in the local jail to talk to us about the gangs.
The minute we arrived, the gangs behind bars ignored our request for a meeting, they wouldn’t even speak when we were present. It appeared their leader told everyone to be completely quiet, and they certainly were. Lucky for my team, we knew that Securus Technologies installed their monitoring system throughout the facility. This Dallas-based monitoring company already places these systems in 2,500 jails, and it was going to be the key resource in our efforts to stop crimes in the city from continuing.
Once the LBS software began scanning the calls, one low-level gang member lost control and began ranting to his family how his cousin needs to stop with those crimes because the leaders are coming down hard on him. With that lead, we followed the cousin and caught him in the act that week.