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Report on Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Pursuant to Section 10-409(c) of the Courts Article

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This report summarizes wiretapping and electronic surveillance in Maryland from January 1 through December 31, 1984.
Wiretapping and electronic surveillance were used more extensively in 1984 than in 1983, with 26 surveillance reports received in 1984 compared to only 6 in 1983. Seven of 24 political subdivisions constituted all of the reported wiretapping and electronic surveillance orders. Narcotics violations constituted the majority of the crimes for which surveillances were granted, followed by gambling and gambling/conspiracy. Single-family dwellings were involved in the majority of the orders, followed closely by other locations such as public phones and/or mobile units. The wiretap and surveillance order resulted in 814 conversations being wiretapped and in 70 arrests; there were 24,997 intercepts, with 2,482 regarded as incriminating. Finally, costs averaged $18,060 per order. Seven tables illustrate the data.


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