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“A powerful law enforcement tool is the use of confidential informants, which he described as a “dual-edged sword.” Misuse of informants can severely damage a law enforcement agency.

He said prosecutors must protect the secrecy of proceedings, not so much to hide information from the public, but to protect the innocent. Prosecutors must ensure a case can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt or survive an appeal.” 

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John H. Durham, the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, discussed ‘The Use of Informants: A Cautionary Tale.’

He chronicled the downfall of former FBI Special Agent John J. Connolly, Jr., and the global pursuit and eventual capture of James ‘Whitey” Bulger , the leader of Boston’s brutal Irish Mob.

The talk was held March 5, at the University of St. Joseph.

Durham was appointed by President Donald J. Trump and easily confirmed by the U.S. Senate in February. He is a graduate of Colgate University earned a Juris doctorate at the University of ConnecticutLaw School.

He led a U.S. Department of Justice team that investigated the FBI’s Boston Field Office into whether agents were compromised in their handling of informants, most notably the relationship between Bulger and Connolly.

Bulger fled Boston in December 1994, right before a federal indictment came down. Connolly tipped off Bulger.

In 2011, Bulger was captured in the storage area of his Santa Monica, California apartment complex where he was living with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Federal agents found $800,000 in cash and 30 firearms hidden in Bulger’s apartment walls. He was convicted on 31 of 32 counts of racketeering, money laundering, and related crimes – including 11 murders.

Durham said the power of subpoena can have a great effect on a person’s life, often leading to ruin. He cautioned that such powers should be used cautiously.

A powerful law enforcement tool is the use of confidential informants, which he described as a “dual-edged sword.” Misuse of informants can severely damage a law enforcement agency.

He said prosecutors must protect the secrecy of proceedings, not so much to hide information from the public, but to protect the innocent. Prosecutors must ensure a case can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt or survive an appeal.

Connolly and Bulger knew each other from their project days in South Boston. Bulger’s brother, William Bulger, served in the Massachusetts State Senate for a good part of Whitey Bulger’s reign of terror.

William Bulger later served as the president of the University of Massachusetts System.

Whitey Bulger took over the Winter Hill Gang with Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi. Connolly was hired by the FBI in 1968, with the help of political connections. He was turned down on his initial application.

In 1975, Connolly found himself back in Boston, unusual by bureau standards. The agent was “not fond of making cases,” according to Durham. He did, though, have an interest in organized crime and collecting informants.

Connolly asked William Bulger how he could serve him. The state senator said Connolly could be of service by keeping his brother out of trouble.

Shortly after Connolly’s arrival back in Boston, Whitey Bulger signed on as an informant. It was 1976.

Durham said Flemmi had been an FBI informant since 1967. Flemmi’s time as an informant ended after a series of murders and crimes.

Bulger and Flemmi reached serial-killer status with the number of homicides they racked up.

Connolly assisted Bulger and Flemmi in compromising Organized Crime Squad supervisor John Morris, who took bribes and other payoffs.

In January 1995, the Massachusetts State Police arrested members of the Winter Hill Mob on racketeering and other charges. Bulger, of course, had scattered days before.

Another associate who faced federal charges, Frank ‘Cadillac’ Salemme eluded capture until August 1995.

Flemmi’s arrest triggered seven months of pretrial hearing, where he admitted that Connolly and Morris gave him and Bulger carte blanche, short of murder, to continue their crime spree.

Morris told Flemmi “you can commit any crime you want so long as you don’t clip anyone.”

Connolly denied the allegations.

Durham and his team pursued racketeering and obstruction of justice charges. Connolly did not take the stand during his trial. He was sentenced in 2002 to 10 years in federal prison.

In a separate state trial, a Florida court convicted Connolly and sentenced him to 40 years in prison.

Durham said Bulger and Flemmi rose to the top of the Boston underworld while working as “top echelon” federal informants. The pair was tied to 21 murders.

Morris testified he took bribes from Bulger and Flemmi.

John Martorano, a hitman who admitted to 20 killings, testified that William Bulger asked Connolly to watch over Whitey Bulger. Martorano cooperated with investigators after learning of Flemmi’s and Whitey Bulger’s betrayal.

Martorano provided federal authorities with information on the 20 murders he committed. He served no time for the killings.

Martorano also killed Robert Wheeler, the owner of World Jai Lai in 1981 after Connolly “advised” Bulger and Flemmi that John B. Callahan, the president of World Jai Lai, was “weak.”

Martorano then killed Callahan, whose body was found in a trunk of a car at Miami Airport in August 1982.

Kevin Weeks, a lieutenant in the Bulger organization, also testified against Bulger. He told prosecutors that Christmas was a payoff day for cops. Though he witnessed several of the Bulger and Flemmi murders, Weeks served a light sentence and now walks the streets of South Boston.

In his testimony, Salemme said Connolly promised a warning on the “federal rap.”

The focus then shifted to Connolly, who federal agents referred to as ‘Zip.’ As a young agent, Connolly appeared in a training film in on how to handle informants, including the tip of not fully trusting informants.

With a conviction secured, a Boston Herald headline blared that “Zip was Zapped.”

After Connolly’s conviction, guidelines on the use of confidential informants changed. More attention had to be paid to an informant’s suitability or “is the confidential informant a worthier target than the people he is reporting on?”

The changes also called for new discovery obligations and better protecting an informant’s identity.

Durham spoke about Richard Schneiderhan, who served 25 years on the Massachusetts State Police.

From 1968-78, Schneiderhan worked in the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s Office of Organized Crime, rising to the position of chief intelligence officer.

Schneiderhan, however, had a secret agreement with Flemmi.

He informed Flemmi and Bulger about sensitive investigations for more than two decades, which included a 1980 state police wiretapping operation against the Winter Hill Mob.

Schneiderhan leaked information about law enforcement tracking calls to and from William Bulger.

He also enlisted family members in his activities, including his brother-in-law, Edward Duff, and Duff’s daughter, Linda Reardon, a telephone company employee who passed federal court order information down the chain until it reached Whitey Bulger.

The former state cop also added Weeks to his leak list.

Durham said prosecutors must be “defensive minded” when dealing with informants and whether an informant is integral to a high-profile investigation or prosecution.

Again, he stressed “beyond a reasonable doubt” as the key metric in deciding when to trigger an investigation or to pursue a prosecution.

During the question-and-answer session, Durham said he was not so much worried about his safety when dealing with mob prosecutions, but with unhinged people – those persons who operate outside a criminal organization’s observed codes.

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Imprisoned Boston mobster Stevie Flemmi yesterday told a federal jury in Boston that he and his underworld partner Whitey Bulger had between five and seven local FBI agents on their payroll, as well as between 25 and 30 Boston police officers and at least one member of the state police.

Flemmi, who is serving a life sentence for 10 murders, was testifying in the murder trial of his former underworld partner, “Cadillac Frank” Salemme. Salemme and a co-defendant, Paul Weadick, are charged with strangling a Boston bar owner, Steve DiSarro, in May 1993.

Flemmi has testified in the past about paying off Boston FBI agents, but during cross-examination, Weadick’s lawyer ran down the names again for the jury of 12 women and 6 men.

Flemmi said the agents he was paying off included John “Zip” Connolly, John “Vino” Morris, “Doc” Gianturco, Michael Buckley and John “Agent Orange” Newton.

Newton at one point gave Bulger and Flemmi 40 pounds of C4 plastic explosives, Flemmi said.

Trooper Richard Schnei­derman was on the gang’s payroll for $1,000 a month, Flemmi testified.

Flemmi, whose nickname is “The Rifleman,” said the gang also gave presents to several FBI agents, including a gold ring to Dennis Condon, who later became Gov. Mike Dukakis’ secretary of public safety. In prior testimony, Flemmi has said the gang gave a diamond ring to Connolly and a $500 pipe to supervisory agent James Ring, whom the gang nicknamed “The Pipe.”

In all, Flemmi said, Connolly grabbed $235,000 in payoffs, “and maybe more.” In return, he gave the gang the names of informants who were then murdered.

“He gave us information and we acted on it,” Flemmi said. “I have been dealing with law enforcement my entire life and I have been paying them off my entire life.”

Weadick’s lawyer, Bill Crowe, asked Flemmi about his involvement in the murder of DiSarro, whom the feds were attempting to recruit to testify against Salemme. Flemmi claims he was visiting Salemme in his ex-wife’s home in Sharon when he stumbled across Salemme’s now-deceased son and Weadick strangling DiSarro in the kitchen.

Flemmi says he left the house immediately as soon as he saw what was happening.

But Crowe produced a debriefing document of Flemmi’s son Billy in which he said that his father had told him he was involved in DiSarro’s slaying.

“Did you say that to your son?” Crowe asked Flemmi.

“Absolutely not!” Flemmi said.

Flemmi’s son is named William Hussey St. Croix.

“Did he change his name,” Crowe asked, “to avoid the infamy of the Flemmi name?”

“You’d have to ask him,” Flemmi said.

When Flemmi was debriefed in what is called a DEA 6, he was supposed to recount every crime he committed. But he neglected to mention the murder of DiSarro. Crowe asked him why.

“Because there was no body,” he said, “and I was concerned about the welfare of my children.”

Flemmi also admitted that he committed perjury during the initial court hearings on his claims of immunity in 1998.

“Everything was a lie up to that point,” Flemmi said, referring to the time before he became a cooperating witness.

“I admitted that, the whole thing was a lie, how many times I gotta tell you that?”

As Flemmi was cross examined, Salemme occasionally shook his head. When Flemmi left the witness stand, he avoided making eye contact with his old underworld partner, but Salemme glared at the Rifleman as marshalls escorted him from Courtroom 17.

At the morning recess, Salemme turned to the reporters in the first row of the gallery and silently mouthed one word.

“Unbelievable,” he said.

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For decades, the story of James “Whitey” Bulger was one of the bigger ones to come out of Boston.

Now, his name is back in the news.

Former gangster Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified Monday that he and Bulger paid off seven FBI agents, killed several informants after they were exposed by a corrupt agent, and lied to implicate others in murders they committed, reports Shelley Murphy of the Boston Globe.

“There was always some sort of story concocted . . . to keep the heat away from us,” Flemmi said under cross-examination at the murder trial of former New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme.

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The sordid details of the gangsters’ corrupt relationship with the FBI have emerged in previous trials related to the Bulger saga over the past two decades, but they were new to the jury in the murder case unfolding in federal court in Boston against Salemme, 84, and his codefendant, Paul Weadick, a 62-year-old plumber from Burlington.

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Evasión revela tensa relación entre el FBI y la Fiscalía federal en PR
 

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Tras una demanda a la Fiscalía Federal en Puerto Rico y alegaciones que indicaban un escenario de “terror” en el lugar, el jefe del Buro Federal de Investigaciones Criminales (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés), Douglas Leff, evadió ofrecer detalles sobre la relación laboral que entabla con Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, pero argumentó que el trabajo de investigación no se ha detenido en las calles de Puerto Rico.

Entrevistado por una emisora radial (Radio Isla 1320), este explicó que no ofrecerá detalles luego de que el exempleado Francisco Reyes Caparrós argumentara también sobre problemas para trabajar los casos sometidos por el FBI ante la Fiscalía.

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“Realmente la relación más importante es entre nuestros agentes y los fiscales asistentes… Con frecuencia yo personalmente veo juicios en la fiscalía y las habilidades de los fiscales en esa oficina son magníficas. Mi opinión personalmente no se reporta”, expuso Leff ante el medio radial.

Consecuentemente, pese a no hacer mención sobre Rodríguez, Leff reconoció el trabajo de los demás empleados de la fiscalía en Puerto Rico. No obstante, los comentarios de Leff pueden interpretarse como producto de la tensa relación que vive el FBI y Rodríguez en momentos en que se evalúa un cambio de mando en la Fiscalía.

“Lo más importante son los empleados que funcionan en las calles, que son los trabajadores que no vemos en la televisión, son los trabajadores que hacen el trabajo”, mencionó también.

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El pasado mes de mayo, un tribunal sugirió una indemnización de $300,000 para Reyes Caparrós por entre otras cosas, ser objeto de hostigamiento laboral en la oficina que preside Rodríguez.

Tras la decisión, el caballero argumentó que “[c]omo se bate el cobre entre los empleados eso es otro cantar. Porque allí es el reino del terror. O haces lo que yo digo, o haces lo que yo digo…. Allí o te sometes o te sometes”, mencionó mientras a preguntas del mismo medio radial a la vez que denunciaba que es Rosa Emilia quien realiza los mandatos.

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El director del Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI, en inglés), Douglas Leff, reveló hoy quepróximamente realizarán un operativo para arrestar a varios contratistas que supuestamente hicieron un mal uso de fondos federales asignados tras el devastador paso del huracán María por la isla.

“Creemos que ocurrirán arrestos en el futuro no muy lejano”, afirmó el funcionario en una entrevista radial (Radio Isla).

“Tenemos contratistas que entran en contratos con el gobierno para servirse y no para servir al gobierno, pero este no es un asunto único de Puerto Rico, en cada parte de Estados Unidos cuando un estado recibe fondos federales hay estos asuntos”, agregó.

Leff adelantó que algunas de las pesquisas incluyen fraudes “bastante grandes”, que le cuestan millones al gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Pero, no confirmó si una de las investigaciones está relacionada al programa Tu Hogar Renace, el cual se realiza con fondos de la Agencia federal para el Manejo de Emergencia (FEMA, en inglés) y es coordinado por el Departamento de la Vivienda.

Además de este programa, FEMA ha repartido en la isla sobre sobre $1,000 millones a damnificados y el gobierno ha recibido otros miles de millones en fondos federales para lograr la restauración de la isla tras la devastación causada, principalmente, por el huracán María. Mucho del dinero ha sido dirigido para restablecer el servicio de energía eléctrica.

Por otro lado, el director del FBI informó que entre 60 a 90 días llegarán nuevos agentes y fiscales para trabajar casos criminales y de corrupción que están pendientes de investigación.

“Existe una preocupación por la violencia en la isla”, aceptó, al revelar la asignación de más personal.

Leff, asimismo, dijo que tiene una buena relación laboral con la jefa de la Fiscalía federal, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, y su personal.

“Las habilidades de los fiscales en esa oficina es magnífica. He visto los mejores de todos los Estados Unidos”, sostuvo.

Sin embargo, el funcionario no quiso comentar sobre las denuncias hechas por Francisco Reyes Caparrós contra este grupo. Es que el exespecialista de inteligencia, que ganó una demanda por represalia y hostigamiento laboral, alegó que allí se vive un ambiente similar a un “reino del terror”.

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“We are the best island in the Caribbean,” boasts a Puerto Rican to tourists.

Puerto Rico is an important island for Americans because of its convenient location as a bridge between Europe and America.

It was also through the island that Christopher Columbus discovered Florida.

Despite being a US territory, the island has its own culture. The Tainos who hail from South America were the first inhabitants of the island. By 1493, they amounted to 50,000 people.

Puerto Rico is a popular stopover for tourists taking Caribbean cruises. Many guides offer tours in and around the island with a running time of two hours for a price of US$25.

San Juan is divided into two sectors, the old and new towns. They are not far from each other and are reachable within minutes.

The tours usually start with a visit to the Capitol building, which was built in 1929. It is designed in a neoclassical style with intricate carvings on its pillars. Inside the Capitol building are beautiful architectural designs on ceilings and floors.

The Walkaway of the PresidentsThe Walkaway of the Presidents (JP/Aruna Harjani)

Opposite the Capitol is the Walkaway of The Presidents, which consists of statues of the nine US presidents who have visited Puerto Rico. What is more interesting is that the statues are life size.

The nine presidential statues are of Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford and Barack Obama.

The tour then heads to Ashford Avenue in Condado. Here, an array of shops and restaurants is located.

One of the highlights of the area is the Mother and Child statue created by Fernando Botero, which was reportedly purchased for $1.8 million.

The statue is situated at the Plaza del Ancla square in Condado. Opposite the statue is Condado Beach.

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With most tours the last stop is the Plaza Colon, where the exquisite San Cristobal Fort — one of the first and biggest forts in America – is situated.

A part of the San Juan National Historic site, the fort was built by the Spaniards to protect the island from attack. The fort has cisterns that were used to store water during the Spanish colonial era but later were used as bomb shelters during World War II.

The Plaza Colon also has a 40-foot pillar with a statue of Columbus on top.

In the city of Arecibo there is another monument created in honor of Columbus, which at 350 feet is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The monument miraculously survived the recent heavy storms.

It is said it took 110,000 hours to make the statue, which weighs 6,500 tons using 2,500 pieces of bronze, steel and copper. A Georgian-Russian painter, named Zurab Tsereteli, designed the statue.

The symbolism of the statue causes mixed reactions, some see it as a remembrance of Columbus’ discovery of Puerto Rico but some see it as a reminder of the notorious treatment of the Tainos by him.

The Plaza Colon has a 40-foot pillar with a statue of Columbus on top.The Plaza Colon has a 40-foot pillar with a statue of Columbus on top. (Shutterstock/File)

Puerto Ricans, being Spanish-oriented, celebrate Christmas and after New Year, the Epiphany.

Twelve days after Christmas Puerto Ricans celebrate El Dia De Los Reyes or Three Kings Day. In fact, this is the time Puerto Ricans exchange their gifts. For them the three kings represent a more spiritual and faithful representation of the story of the birth of Christ.

The three kings – Melchior represents Europe, Gaspar represents Arabia and Balthazar represents Africa. In celebration the Plaza Colon also has statues of the three kings.

Another place worth a visit is the Castilo San Felipe del Morro, named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. The castle was built for the purpose of guarding San Juan Bay. UNESCO has declared this fortification a World Heritage Site.

Fortification: The San Felipe del Morro castle, a UN World Heritage site since 1983, is seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Fortification: The San Felipe del Morro castle, a UN World Heritage site since 1983, is seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Shutterstock/File)

Museo De Las Americas, a museum featuring pre-Columbian and modern art hosts different exhibitions but also has permanent exhibits by Puerto Rican artists.

The Cathedral of San Juan Baustista is one of the oldest buildings in San Juan. The church was first built in 1521 but later destroyed by a hurricane and was restructured in 1540. The church has old relics displayed inside the building.

Teatro Tapia, is the oldest theater in Puerto Rico built in the 18th century. The interior of the theater is in a neoclassical style and is still used to stage shows.

When it was time to leave the island, looking back, I realized how Puerto Rico had stolen my heart in just a matter of hours. It is Western in so many ways but its rich culture and traditions will always engulf modernity.

From here the lines of a song from West Side Story played in my mind and it goes: “Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion, let it sink back in the ocean, always the hurricanes blowing, always the population growing, and the money owning and the natives steaming.”

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A Single Drone Helped Mexican Police Drop Crime 10 Percent
 

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In Ensenada, a Mexican city about two hours south of Tijuana, a new crime fighter has taken to the skies. It’s not a bird, or a plane, or Superman. It’s a drone. And over a few months on patrol, it’s had quite the impact. The city’s police department claims the solitary DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter led to more than 500 arrests and a 10 percent drop in overall crime rates, with a 30 percent drop in home robberies.

It’s the latest example of drones slowly finding their place in civilian life, like soldiers returning from war, seeking to apply their skills to life in a country not entirely comfortable with what they were up to overseas. Unmanned aerial vehicles may have gotten their start with the military, flying recon missions in Vietnam and dropping bombs over Afghanistan. Their use is still causing concern and debate: Earlier this month, Google pledged not to renew a Department of Defense contract for Project Maven, where it was developing AI to interpret drone surveillance video, when 4,500 employees signed a petition against it.

But in Ensenada, the police present their use of the drone as an unmitigated success. “It’s helped with reducing response times and also catching people when they do something illegal,” says Jesus Ramos Avendaño, CTO of the Ensenada police force.

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Over four months, Avendaño’s department flew an average of 25 missions a day (more than 1,600 total), deciding where to fly based on 911 call volumes. Operating from a local control room, the police used software developed by California-based Cape, which automates much of the flying process, including takeoffs and landings. Any authorized officer can grab a feed of the video streaming off the drone, from their desk or while out in the field.

Cape CEO Chris Rittler says fewer than a dozen quadcopter-style drones could give a city like Ensenada, population 522,000, complete coverage. “The most common use case is in response to an emergency call, when the drone can be redirected from a flight it’s already on,” he says. The aircraft can reach a location before officers get there by road and give them eyes on what’s going on.

That sort of rapid response is a big deal in police work. “Thieves have a clock in their head, from when they break a window to when the police arrive,” Rittler says. “What the drone has done is dramatically decrease that time window.”

“Thieves have a clock in their head, from when they break a window, to when the police arrive. What the drone has done is dramatically decrease that time window.”

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Although drones aren’t regularly used for police surveillance in the US on the scale of Ensenada yet, over the past few years, they have proven their usefulness in plenty of ways. Drone builder DJI says that on one day in May, public safety drones saved four lives: UK police found a missing person, semiconscious and just a few feet from a steep cliff, using a drone with a thermal imaging camera. A fire department in Indiana dropped a life vest to a drowning criminal suspect, who had fled into a pond. And public safety officials in Central Texas dropped life vests to a mother and her 15-year-old daughter, who got caught in a rising river. In the past year, drones have helped scout areas of Houston flooded by Hurricane Harvey and restrung electrical cables in Puerto Rico downed by Hurricane Maria.

To ease drones into America’s tightly controlled, crowded airspace, the FAA has greenlit 10 pilot projects around the country, all with an emphasis on do-goodery and cooperation between the public and private sectors. Cape is among those taking part, working with the city of San Diego and a local police department on an emergency response project. The details are still in flux, but police say they plan to use drones to do things like assess the extent of a freeway pileup, not surveil suspected criminals.

That hesitation to set drones after bad guys will be typical of new projects in America. “What you see is most government offices in the US taking a crawl, walk, run, approach,” says Gregory McNeal, who teaches law and public policy at Pepperdine University in California. He also cofounded drone software company AirMap, which is participating in the San Diego trial. Bringing drones to the domestic theater means proving their usefulness step by step. “I personally believe drones are going to provide enormous value,” he says. “But the only way we’ll realize that is putting in regulatory structure that doesn’t ignore people’s concerns.”

Along with public safety and being a nuisance, those concerns include protecting privacy. Compared to obvious helicopters and fixed-in-place CCTV cameras, drones are a potent tool for surveillance. They can go almost anywhere—up to windows, over fences, under tree canopies. Drone operators have a potential model in body cameras worn by cops who enter private property and work in sensitive situations. Police forces using the tech have created policies that attempt to balance privacy and public accountability.

Failing to make the people using these little aircraft accountable could spoil the potential to do a lot of good, like the work claimed by the Ensenada police. But if a single quadcopter can really lower crime rates by 10 percent, it’s worth making sure everyone’s happy to see one appear minutes after they dial 911. Except, of course, the crooks.


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