Meth worth $1.29 bn seized at LA port, Six arrested

February 8, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Meth worth $1.29 bn seized at LA port, Six arrested: Brainwave Science

SITUATION

A record 1.7 tons of methamphetamine has been seized at Long Angeles/Long Beach seaport in mid-January. The drug bust was a joint operation between the Australian and U.S. authorities. Three containers were seized on Thursday, by the Customs and Border Protection. They were intended to be shipped to Australia. The containers were carrying speakers which were professionally stuffed by drugs. The officials found 3,810 pounds of meth, 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin.

The street value of the haul is around a whopping $1.29 billion.  The bust was the largest amount of methamphetamine ever seized in the United States, according to police. Six people have been arrested in this case. Of them, two are Americans and four Australians. The Americans were identified by Australian police as a 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman living in Woodstock, Victoria.

CHALLENGE

There’s no doubt that the criminal organization behind this scheme has been dealt a significant blow. The bust is the third major seizure announced by U.S. authorities in a matter of weeks.

On Jan 31, the CBP announced the largest-ever fentanyl bust. Authorities seized 254 pounds of fentanyl, a powerful opioid, worth about $3.5 million at the Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona. Just two days later, the Maricopa, Arizona, County Sheriff’s Office announced they had seized 3,500 pounds of marijuana and over 220 pounds of meth near Gila Bend when two trucks swerved around a border patrol check and tried to elude authorities in a desert chase. Through a collaborative effort, by pooling information, resources and expertise, the agencies are keeping this dangerous contraband from reaching the streets and are thus helping save lives. The Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) along with law enforcement partners around the world continue in a day-to-day battle against the blight of methamphetamine that continues to devastate communities.

However, all the information possessed by the arrested suspects must be used efficiently in order to uncover intel about the trafficking organizations they belong to. The challenge is that current investigative methods are costly, time-consuming, require manpower and may involve torture sometime.

For this, a foolproof intelligence gathering mechanism is needed which is based on scientific methods

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Brainwave Science is a company whose aim is to enable investigative agencies across the world to cut costs, reduce manpower requirements, reduce the number of pending cases, to help exonerate the innocent and to help get the guilty punished. What if law enforcers could tap into a suspect’s mind and “read” the invisible clues that link him or her to a crime? Brainwave Science has developed and now market a technology named iCognative. Through this technology, investigators can identify or exonerate suspects based on measuring their brain-wave responses to crime-related images, words or phrases which are displayed on a computer screen. These inputs are also called stimuli.

In this case, arrested persons can be made to undergo iCognative tests. The stimuli to be used in such test are details about where the containers originated from, the shipper’s details, the phone call and location details of the Australian man and woman arrested, the same details about the 4 Americans can be used in the test, the names, pictures and details of known drug traffickers who work on the same route, pictures and details of the two drug busts in Arizona.

Also, this information can be used in the iCognative test of the persons arrested in the other two busts, so as to detect any common knowledge or links.

iCognative has been tested by several US Federal Government agencies and found to be over 99% accurate. It is the latest in technological crime solving. iCognative provides an accurate and reliable process to conduct criminal investigations without invasive procedures and biases. iCognative is a very broad-based technology which can help all departments such as law enforcement, national security, border control, immigration, cybercrime, fraud, espionage, counter-terrorism, human and drug trafficking.

The results of iCognative are 99.9% accurate, fully reliable and are rid of any false-positives or false-positives. The technology declares results in two outcomes, either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’. This represents if crime-related information in known to the test subject or it is not.

The test subject is made to wear a specialized headset and shown the stimuli on a computer screen. Upon seeing the familiar stimulus the test subject’s brain responds to the same and causes unique electrical activity which is measured by the headset. If the stimulus is unfamiliar then the brain response is different. The iCognative computer analyses the brain responses and reports a result at the end of a 45-minute test. Using this test, not only can the investigating agencies determine if the test subject possesses crime-specific information or not, but also help identify the structure and the hierarchy of the criminal organizations that the suspects may belong to.

iCognative is applicable for intelligence gathering by all sorts of law enforcement departments as it has been found to be applicable to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases. Investigation of crimes like property crimes, simple assault, embezzlement, kidnapping, rape, fraudforgery, counterfeiting, drug offences, violent crimes etc. can be hastened by using iCognative.

The agencies which are looking into this massive drug bust have affected the operations of a major criminal organization. They will uncover a lot more using iCognative than by simply interrogating the arrested persons. iCognative makes the job of the agencies simpler because it is easy to deploy, non-invasive, easy to teach and easy to learn

iCognative is the best and most efficient way to gather the most amount of intelligence in this huge and opportune bust.

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