In April, 2015 an Agent with a federal agency located in Texas pulled over a vehicle suspected of carrying illegal narcotics. During the stop the Agent soon discovered that the female suspect was in the process of transporting 2 pounds of marijuana in her vehicle over to a buyer in the city.
While the suspect was in custody away from her vehicle the Agent noticed numerous incoming text messages on the suspect’s phone from an anonymous cell phone number demanding to know when the shipment would arrive. The Agent had recently picked up Whooster through a fellow law enforcement official in San Antonio and decided to reverse the cell phone number through Whooster’s text messaging program. In less than 5 seconds, the Agent received the first and last name of the intended buyer along with his current address which was no more than a few blocks away from the Agent’s location. He was then able to quickly go over to the location to apprehend the buyer and confiscate the $10,000 in cash intended for the drug purchase.
How Whooster Helped
By utilizing Whooster’s reverse cell append service via text messaging the Agent gained valuable time to not only identify, but also locate a marijuana buyer in a matter of seconds. The turnaround time from the initial stop of the female suspect transporting the marijuana to the eventual arrest of the buyer took place so quickly that he was not suspicious of any foul play. This is a great example to show the intended product design for Whooster… when speed and accuracy count.
For law enforcement that time is critical, and in this case, the federal agent was able to get the marijuana and $10,000 in cash off the street in one fell swoop.
Recently a joint task force of 40 law enforcement officials, including members of Federal agencies in Texas and Alabama, conducted a 2 day operation with the intent to apprehend offenders in the illegal sex trade surrounding Southeast Texas. The task force successfully made 14 arrests during the operation.
There were 2 separate operations conducted simultaneously at 2 separate hotel locations during this timeframe. Both male and female undercover officers were posing as runaway juveniles communicating through Back Page ads to set up meetings and ultimately catch the perpetrating Johns.
How Whooster Helped
By utilizing Back Page ads the task force had one critical source to information necessary to gain valuable intelligence prior to the suspects arriving at the hotel… a cell phone number. By reversing these cell phone numbers through Whooster the task force was able to attain the first and last names of the suspects within 5 seconds. This information greatly enhanced a crucial window of time to conduct a threat assessment and preliminary identification of the suspect prior to their arrival. Whooster also included in the data returns the cell phone carrier and porting date which was utilized in the subpoena process of the cell providers.
Source: Sergeant, Criminal Investigation Division, Local Police Department
“Whooster’s ability to analyze bulk sets of phone numbers and return results in a short time span allows me to quickly produce calling pattern conclusions and jump start an investigation. The interface is efficient, yet simple with powerful results provided in an Excel format allowing for quick analysis which I can then pass to the investigator. The team at Whooster has been fantastic to work with as we transitioned to their product, answering questions and providing support in furtherance of our investigations.” — Head Analyst | Federal/State Task Force
“The SW US Task Force has been using Whooster for several months. The overwhelming response from our analysts is that it has become one of the first places they go when they need to identify suspects via phone numbers. The information is current, accurate, and rich. To quote one analyst who is constantly working T-IIIs, “Today’s DTO members drop phones every 30 days to avoid law enforcement’s ability to secure TIIIs and Pen Registers on target phones. Without Whooster, we constantly ‘chase the monster.’” — Coordinator | SW US Task Force
“I have been using Whooster for a few months and have found it to be extremely useful. The variety of information that can be obtained through the system has aided my investigations significantly. By using Whooster, I am able to eliminate subjects more efficiently due to the variety of data the system compiles in an up to date, easy to read format. What I enjoy most about Whooster is the team of individuals that are more than willing to assist, improve, or correct any situation regarding their product to keep the customer happy. The Whooster Team is a pleasure to work with, and I find the product to be an excellent tool.” — Analyst | Federal Task Force
“Since our office received a trial subscription to the Whooster service it has quickly become one of the go-to databases, and has earned a prized position of being put on my browser’s toolbar. Needless to say, the State Law Enforcement Initiative only has one license for Whooster (I received the golden ticket), and when we get together to discuss what accesses we should push for, the number one item is for more Whooster licenses.” — Lead Investigator | State Law Enforcement Initiative
“We had a murder a few weeks ago and Whooster was very instrumental in solving the case. Solving it in regards of timeliness in seizing a vehicle that was used in the murder. Wooster helped greatly in solving the case in 24 hours from shots fired to confession and I made sure EVERYBODY knew that too.
On another note, while working the “river,“ I used Whooster to return credit cards, a watch to someone and a brand new telephone to another. In “their” world they were super appreciative of it beyond belief. The items were found in the river and turned into me. Everyone else would have dropped them in evidence and it would have been destroyed two years later.” — Detective | Local Police Department
“I’m reaching out to you directly because I want you to know about this incredible new program that was demonstrated at a US Federal Agency Mtg recently. It’s called Whooster and it’s the best phone analysis tool I’ve ever seen.US Federal Agency Analysts at the US Federal Agency are currently test using it and it is definitely worth a serious look. One of my analysts just used it to locate a guy in 5 minutes that we had been searching over two weeks to find. Sorry if I sound like an infomercial, but this system is great.” — Group Supervisor | US Federal Agency