(The Tennessean) The feds knew exactly where Trenton Rhodes was going.
As the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration tracked an interstate marijuana trafficking ring, agents watched as Rhodes went from Nashville to Humboldt County, Calif., an area they called the “marijuana cultivation capitol of California,” according to a federal search warrant.
They could do it because of what was in Rhodes’ pocket: a cellphone.
Police are increasingly tracking people’s movements by tapping into GPS technology in modern cellphones, allowing authorities to watch a person’s movement in real time or to follow his or her tracks. But a battle looms between public safety and privacy rights as challenges wend their way through the U.S. court system. Most recently, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that police didn’t need a warrant to track a Knoxville suspect’s movement through his cellphone in a drug investigation.
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