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article imageImage on social media leads to marijuana arrest for 17-year-old

By Justin King     Sep 8, 2013 in Crime
As the nation debates federal surveillance of the internet, local law enforcement is beginning to use spying on social media to combat marijuana.
A 17-year-old girl was charged by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office after a photo of marijuana on Instagram triggered an investigation. The minor, whose name is being withheld due to her age, was arrested September 3rd at 5:04pm and charged with possession of marijuana.
A Detective with the Narcotics Division claims to have observed suspects with what he believed to be marijuana while viewing social media images. Detectives found her at a residence and issued her a summons to appear on December 11, 2013.
This incident comes in the wake of revelations that the Drug Enforcement Administration is funneling intelligence reports, wiretaps, and intercepts to local authorities to aid in launching investigations against ordinary citizens. The report also says law enforcement agents have been directed to mislead judges as to how the investigation began.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office participate in the DEA's Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.
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