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DEA Lack of Data Storage Results in Dismissed Drug Case

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Dr. Armando Angulo was indicted in 2007 on charges of illegally selling prescription drugs. He fled the country in 2004, with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Marshals Service eventually finding him in Panama.

As the case developed (and Panama resisted calls to extradite Angulo back to the United States), the DEA apparently amassed so much electronic data that maintaining it is now a hardship; consequently, the government wants to drop the whole case.

“These materials include two terabytes of electronic data (which consume approximately 5 percent of DEA’s world-wide electronic storage capacity),” Stephanie M. Rose, the U.S. attorney for northern Iowa, wrote in the government’s July motion to dismiss the indictment. “Continued storage of these materials is difficult and expensive.” In addition, information associated with the case had managed to fill “several hundred boxes” of paper documents, along with dozens of computers and servers.

As pointed out by Ars Technica, if two terabytes of data storage represents 5 percent of the DEA’s global capacity, then the agency has only 40 terabytes worth of storage overall. That seems quite small for a law enforcement agency tasked with coordinating and pursuing any number of drug investigations at any given time."

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