State, Federal Investigators Using More Wiretaps In Colorado

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Court-approved wiretaps are rising dramatically in Colorado, resulting in more drug arrests but raising privacy concerns.

The Rocky Mountain News reports federal prosecutors used 108 wiretaps in Colorado during U.S. Attorney Troy Eid's first year, four times the number used during the previous 12 months.

State prosecutors used 43 court-authorized wiretaps in 2006, about 3.5 more than in 2005.

Eid's office says the increase in wiretaps has led to more drug seizures. Since Eid took office in August 2006, federal agents have sized 1,151 kilograms of marijuana and 126 kilograms of cocaine.

That compares with 122 kilograms of pot and 13 kilograms of cocaine in the previous 12 months.

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