My team of officers got a call that one of the most wanted fugitives in our state was last seen inside our city. His violent past was reason for concern, and the fact he skipped his bail hearing had the entire region nervous. This suspect has already beaten a women, a grandmother, and a child, and we feared he would be even more violent if his freedom was in jeopardy.
The first thing we try to do is connect with any friends or family of the suspect, but there would be no leads in this case due to the fact he was a loner. The only reason we knew he was in our city was this was the location of his drug connections, and we figured he either needed a fix or he was looking to make some cash before his escape. Time was running out, and we were losing daylight on this investigation.
One thing that I know in all my years in law enforcement is there is no such thing as honor among thieves. We decided to go to the local prison to see if any of the inmates knew our suspect was here again. The Securus Technologies company installed a monitoring system in this jail and 2,600 others around the country, allowing officers the chance to hear all the inmates more closely when they use the jail phones. This was how we could get the inmates to help without them even realizing.
The LBS software scans calls and alerts officers if anything on a subject is detected. One call was quite revealing, talking about a drug deal gone bad, and the inmate wanted his crew to meet the suspect to get revenge under the impression it was a deal We arrived to break up that deal and found our suspect completely surprised.