Criminal Procedure IP 2

You are a police officer assigned to a task force that is investigating major drug trafficking operations in your jurisdiction. As part of the investigative process, a judge has issued a wiretap order for a suspect’s phone. You are assigned the responsibility of monitoring phone conversations, and you overhear the suspect as well as other individuals who may or may not be involved in the drug ring. Before obtaining enough evidence to arrest and prosecute the suspect, you hear evidence related to other types of criminal activity.

Assignment Guidelines

  • Address the following in 900–1,200 words:
    • What constitutional issues are involved in the scenario that dictates what you can and cannot do related to the evidence of other criminal activity outside the scope of the original wiretap order? Explain.
    • If you arrest the other individuals for the crimes not associated with the reasons for the wiretap, what happens to any future evidence that might be obtained from the wiretap? Why?
    • If you fail to arrest the other individuals, are there any potential risks involved? Explain you answer.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

Preview of the answer..

In order to investigate crimes, police rely on various tools. One of these is tapping into the telephone conversations of suspects, a tool widely recognized as wiretapping. Wire- or telephone-tapping involves the covert observation of conversations over the internet or telephone by a third party (Rasch, 2006). The activity of phone-tapping theoretically requires court authorization which is usually only approved in situations where evidence confirms that it is impossible to identify criminal or other suspicious activity in ways that are less…

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