US Customs Using YouTube Records To Examine Drug Smuggler's Death Threats

from the perhaps-YouTube-isn't-the-best-medium-for-death-threats dept

While Mexican gangs have been using YouTube to pass taunting messages back and forth to each other, it seems like that might not be such a wise idea. As with other cases of criminals using YouTube, only to have it backfire when that just made it easier to catch them, it appears that U.S. Customs Enforcement has executed a search warrant to get some information on supposed death threats sent via YouTube by a drug smuggler. It's unclear right now how useful the information from YouTube will prove to be, but once again this seems to suggest that rather than discouraging criminals from using YouTube, we should be absolutely encouraging it, to make it that much easier to catch and prosecute them.

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    Matthew, Mar 20th, 2007 @ 12:12pm

    eejit criminales

    Any criminal that stupid will be caught any way. YouTube merely gets a little publicity out of it. It'd be great to think we can entice them all into a little bowl with a bit of cheese, but the smarter ones are those with the map to the trap for sale.

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    Casper, Mar 20th, 2007 @ 12:46pm

    What does that mean?

    So does this mean YouTube is helping fight crime? Like a super hero? A super hero that only targets stupid criminals?

    I wonder what it's logo would be.....

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    TheDock22, Mar 20th, 2007 @ 12:48pm


    No one ever claimed most criminals were smart. I actually think YouTube should make some profit on it. Hype up the criminal videos, then more will be posted. And since it's the internet, it can't be entrapment.

    Although more losers might commit petty crimes just to get their 15-minutes, but that's a risk I would be willing to take.

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    Matt, Mar 20th, 2007 @ 12:53pm

    Lets just hope the criminals don't read Techdirt and catch on to our plan!

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    Pedren, Mar 20th, 2007 @ 1:08pm

    Yes, to all of the pot-dealing crack-running Mexican druglords reading this post please look away now.

    This post contains information that could wind you up in jail.

    (The above comment was in its entirity sarcasm)

    (please don't flame me :)

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 20th, 2007 @ 5:26pm

    Pedren you are


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