Deputies Find Drugs Tossed During Pursuit By Using New High Tech Geo-Tag Computer in Patrol car
December 15, 2011
Deputies saw a man driving recklessly in Lancaster and went in pursuit after he refused to pull over his car. During the pursuit, deputies saw the driver tearing open baggies of what looked like drugs, and throwing them out the window.
Using the new Mobile Digital Computer System in sheriff’s patrol cars, deputies were able to “Geo-tag” and map the location where the evidence was being thrown from the car. They pursued the suspect and later caught him. The drugs were easily found by assisting deputies thanks to the new Geo-tag technology. Tests revealed Wednesday that the substance thrown from the car was methamphetamines. Deputies also found stolen property in the car of Suspect Mohammed Kadri.
At about 11:00AM Friday, December 9, 2011, Deputies Gonzales and Martinez who are assigned to the Lancaster Community Appreciation Project (LANCAP) were patrolling in the area of 20th Street East and East Avenue J-8 in the city of Lancaster. The deputies saw a 2010 Scion X-8 being driven in a reckless manner. When they attempted to pull the driver over to conduct a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) investigation, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit began.
The driver continued to drive in a reckless manner disobeying all traffic signals and stop signs for about six minutes and covering nearly five miles of city streets as the deputies chased him using their patrol car’s red lights and siren.
The deputies saw the suspected drunk driver tear open and throw plastic baggies which contained white powder, out of the car windows. They used their new in-car computer to Geo-tag and pin-point map the four exact locations where the evidence had been thrown by simply pushing a button on their computer. Assisting deputies went to those locations where they quickly recovered several baggies containing methamphetamine near a residential community.
“Without Geo-tagging, when deputies are engaged in the tough job of a pursuit, they have to explain over the radio to assisting deputies the approximate location where they can find tossed evidence,” said Captain Scott Edson, from the Sheriff’s Communications and Fleet Management Bureau (which implemented the technology). “Often, the description narrows the area to about 1/8 of mile but it might take a search party to find it. Now with Geo-tagging, a deputy with the in-car Geo-tagged map goes right to the pin-pointed spot. It saves a lot of valuable patrol time, and when looking for drugs or guns, expedites finding objects that could harm a child who may otherwise have found it.”
The pursuit ended in the area of 15th Street West and Avenue K-8 and the suspect was taken into custody. During the pursuit, the suspect crashed into a chain link fence on the 43500 block 7th Street East, and both of the passenger side tires were flattened on his girlfriend’s 2010 Scion X-8.
During a search of the suspect’s car, deputies found an antique western “show” saddle and additional narcotics. The saddle had been reported stolen during an October burglary of a storage container in Lancaster. The saddle was valued at ten thousand dollars and has been returned to its owner.
35-year old Suspect Mohammed Kadri is a resident of Lancaster and was arrested for: Felony Evading Arrest; Possession of Controlled Substance; Possession For Sales of a Controlled Substance; Transporting a Controlled Substance; Receiving Stolen Property; Driving on a Suspended License and Probation Violation. He was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with bail set at $75,000.00
“This new Geo-tag technology is yet another valuable tool we can use in our fight against crime here in Lancaster,” said Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Captain Bob Jonsen. “I have always said that if you commit a crime in Lancaster we will find you, we will arrest you and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. Now, I would like to add that if we are chasing you and you throw away evidence, we will find it and connect it to you.”
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