Surveillance

Secretive DEA Unit Sends Data Gathered Through Surveillance to Law Enforcement Nationwide

Trying to hide how the investigations start from defense lawyers as well as prosecutors and judges

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A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin—not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.