Busted…with an Assist from RISC, N-DEx, and IAFIS

July 3, 2012
Originally published in the July 2012 edition of the CJIS Link, Volume 14, Number 2

Florida Highway Patrol

During a traffic stop in Plantation, Florida on April 4, an officer with the Florida Highway Patrol was talking to the vehicle’s driver when another vehicle approached at a high rate of speed and narrowly missed hitting the officer. The officer returned to his vehicle and pursued the speeding vehicle for failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle. The driver of the speeding vehicle pulled over, and when approached by the officer, he provided a New York driver’s license. When the officer asked the man his date of birth, the driver gave a birth date that didn’t match the information on the driver’s license. The officer then used a mobile identification device to get a fingerprint from the man and submitted a search of the FBI’s Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC). Within seconds, the RISC system returned a “red” response and identified the man by a name other than what was on the driver’s license he had provided. He had 14 outstanding warrants dating back to 1995.

Kansas Highway Patrol

A Kansas State Trooper recently stopped a vehicle late one Friday night and discovered that the vehicle in question contained 11 individuals who were not native English speakers. Based on his experience and the circumstances at the scene, the trooper suspected that he was witnessing a case of human trafficking. The driver possessed a valid driver’s license, but spoke limited English and was unable to produce any immigration documents. He also denied any previous adverse immigration-related events. The trooper was able to conduct an on-site search of the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) through the state information sharing system using the driver’s name and date of birth. N-DEx quickly returned information about the driver, such as his previous convictions for alien smuggling and other crimes, as well as several aliases he had used. Most importantly, the information included booking photos that enabled the trooper to positively identify the driver as a convicted human trafficker in the N-DEx records. With this information, the trooper was able to solicit the assistance of special agents with the Department of Homeland Security, who subsequently charged the driver with human trafficking and aggravated re-entry. The passengers were safely returned to their country of origin.     

Salt Lake City (Utah) Police Department

In May, the Salt Lake City Police Department apprehended an individual who was suspected in a string of armed robberies during the previous three weeks. The man had no identification and refused to provide his name. Therefore, police officials contacted the FBI Salt Lake City and requested assistance in identifying him. The FBI used a mobile collection device to capture and submit the suspect’s fingerprints, at which the suspect laughed and said, “Good luck. Have fun with my shaved fingerprints.” Despite the suspect’s mutilated fingerprints, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) returned a match for the individual and also revealed outstanding arrest warrants.

The Salt Lake City Police Department recently arrested another individual suspected in a series of extremely violent robberies. The individual was an illegal immigrant who did not speak English. At the request of the police department, the FBI took the suspect’s fingerprints with a mobile collection device. Upon submitting the prints, the FBI received a hit from the IAFIS and confronted the suspect with his true identity. This prompted the man to divulge details of the robberies as well as information concerning drug cartel and gang activity in Utah. This valuable intelligence has resulted in further arrests by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI gang task force.