Cops turn to Facebook to track suspected drug dealers

10/24/2011 | Washington Post, The

Facebook is emerging as a key tool for Washington, D.C., police who are chasing suspected drug dealers. Officials produce a weekly "Social Media" report to keep detectives up to date on people's social media activity, and even use profile updates to let officers on patrol know what clothes a person of interest will be wearing on any given day. "It's a wealth of information, and it helps you keep up with them in a way we never imagined just a few years ago," says Police Lt. Michael Pavlik, head of the department's intelligence unit.

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