Morning Security Brief: FBI Ends Park Shooter Manhunt, ShotSpotter Successes, Cartel Communications, and More
An FBI manhunt for a man who shot a park ranger ends after the suspect is found frozen in a creek. California police hail ShotSpotter a success. Drug cartels have a radio network that covers the entire country of Mexico. A private security guard is convicted of providing security for a drug transaction. And more.
►The manhunt for a man suspected of killing a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday ended Monday after the man's body was found. While conducting an aerial search, law enforcement spotted a body lying facedown. Coordinating with searchers on the ground, they confirmed that it was the body of suspect Benjamin Colton Barnes. Barnes' body was partially submerged in a creek. Police say he froze to death .
►California police say ShotSpotter, a program that detects gunshots, records their audio, and provides an approximate location, enables officers to respond faster, reaching spots where shots were fired before a person even calls 911. Police also use the technology to decide where to enhance patrols. "We used to miss a lot of these (gunfire) incidents," San Francisco police Cmdr. Mikail Ali told the San Francisco Chronicle. "People assumed we knew about them, but we didn't. They would say, 'They don't show up because they don't care.' It further polarized communities." The technology can detect if shots were fired from a set location or moving vehicles and if shots came from multiple weapons. In one case in 2009, officers responded to a tip from ShotSpotter and found two bleeding victims who may not have survived without the alert.
►Since 2006, Mexican drug cartels have stayed connected using their own DIY radio network that now covers all 31 Mexican states. Using millions of dollars of legally available equipment, the Gulf and Zeta cartels have installed antennas and repeaters in addition to purchasing radio towers. The network allows the cartels to coordinate “drug deliveries, kidnapping, extortion and other crimes with the immediacy and precision of a modern military or law-enforcement agency,” the Associated Press reports. In 2011, drug violence in Mexico claimed 12,000 lives , according to an AP report Tuesday morning.
►A private security guard was convicted in federal court last week for providing security for a drug transaction. Ricardo Amaro-Santiago was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, attempting to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug transaction, said the Justice Department. Amaro-Santiago was among 89 law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico charged as part of the FBI undercover operation known as Guard Shack .
►In other news, for the past four years, Cadillac Escalades have been the most stolen vehicle in the United States . GM is hoping to set the bar in vehicles security with a number of new security features for 2012 models. ♦ Unable to intercept encrypted messages from smartphones on its own, the Indian Department of Telecommunication is turning to U.S. agencies to intercept messages in a readable format.♦ And TSA has awarded a $1.3 million contract to Spectra Fluidics to develop a new technology that detects explosives using vapors .