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While law enforcement officers are more diligent than ever about collecting forensic evidence in rape investigations, they often still lack the financial resources to ensure rape kits are tested in a timely fashion. According to some estimates, hundreds of thousands of untested kits remain in police and crime lab storage facilities nationwide. This means that justice for rape victims, if it is ever granted, is often delayed.

One example is the 55,000 rape kits recently tested thanks to grants from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Those tests led to 165 prosecutions and 64 convictions. But more could be done.

The long arm of the law meets the eye in the sky. The Franklin County Sheriff's office in southern Washington announced it has two new "officers" on the force: drones with thermal imaging cameras. And they couldn't be more fired up about it.

"It's really amazing the kind of technology you can get these days," Detective Joshua Dennis told Pasco's KEPR. "We're ecstatic. We can't wait to get out and use them." So, what can these drones actually see, and what are they allowed to do?

For years, state and local police departments have been piggybacking on federal investigations and statutes that allow for the forfeiture of property derived from or involved in criminal activity. While the law was intended to deprive criminals of the ill-gotten fruits of their illegal labor, too many police departments began seizing cash and property from people who were never convicted or even charged with a crime. (So much so that in 2014, Americans lost more to civil asset forfeiture than they did to burglary or robbery.)

The worst of those abuses, however, may be coming to an end. The Supreme Court ruled that the same constitutional protections that apply to federal asset forfeiture apply to state and local police departments, and attempted to limit their ability to seize private property out of proportion to the crimes alleged.

Not long after we all fell in love with CSI and the science behind forensic evidence, much of that science was called into question. Beyond the accidental errors and purposeful evidence tampering at crime labs and by lab technicians, it turns out that the underlying basis for many types of forensic evidence was flawed.

Now, another long-trusted crime fighting aide is coming under scrutiny. As Radley Balko writes for The Washington Post, it turns out drug sniffing dogs aren't especially good at sniffing out drugs. And this news should have an impact on a big case pending in the Supreme Court.

Plano, Texas is just the latest city to upgrade its 911 system to receive text messages, but as local NBC news reported, not all area counties or cities have the same option. Clearly, the ability to text (rather than call) 911 can save your life, and may be the only option for the hearing impaired. And the more cities and counties that get on board, the better.

But texting 911 isn't available nationwide yet, so here's what you need to know.

This week, drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on 10 counts of drug trafficking and is expected to receive life without parole. But those 10 charges fail to encompass the decades-long career of a man who murdered rival cartel heads, escaped twice from Mexican high-security jails, and amassed an estimated $15 billion dollars in drug revenues.

That got us thinking about other notorious drug traffickers, so here's our list of five of the biggest kingpins of all time, and how they were brought to justice.

Record-Setting Fentanyl Bust Could Have Killed Millions

Fifty-six million lives were potentially saved this week in a record-setting drug bust near the Nogales, Arizona border crossing. The hero? A drug sniffing dog. Man's best friend sniffed out 254 pounds of fentanyl, along with 395 pounds of methamphetamine, hidden in the lower compartment of a tractor-trailer truck carrying cucumbers across the border from Mexico.

Though 85 percent of trafficked fentanyl comes into the United States near San Diego, a growing number of drug imports are now being seen at the Nogales crossing, presumably because it is nearest the Sinaloa cartel. This tractor-trailer was driven by a 26-year-old Hispanic man, who was subsequently arrested and charged with possessing drugs with the intent to distribute, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Authorities will surely question him to see where he was coming from, and of equal importance, where he was going.

Field Tests on Illegal Drugs Wrong Up to a Third of the Time

Imagine facing 25 years in jail, accused of possessing heroin with intent to sell, and yet having no idea that you even had a scrap of drugs on you. One would think that's a possibility on a vacation in Mexico, but not driving around in your new-to-you used van in Florida.

That's the reality Matthew Crull recently faced, spending Christmas and New Year's in jail, with his family wondering if his not guilty plea was legit or not. All seemed loss, until his 41st day in jail, when he learned that the arresting officer had been making arrests based on erroneously positive field-use tests. Crull has been released, and the arresting sheriff may face criminal charges for false arrest.

When Should You Call the Police Over Hate Mail?

People can be downright nasty, especially in this age of social media. Though people have a First Amendment right to speak their minds, that right is limited. As the old saying goes, "Your right to swing your arms stops at my nose." If you are the recipient of hate mail, either physical or electronic, and wondering whether your skin is too thin, or if the words are actionable, here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to call the police.

How Are Cops Collecting, Sharing Travel Patterns?

Big brother is watching you more than you think. And not only watching, but sharing that information with others. Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) are the main mechanism behind the collection of travel data. These readers are mounted on cop cars as well as stationary devices, like street signs and lamp posts. They read license plates and send the data to storage centers, where they are processed and sorted. This data is then used to find cars involved in Amber Alerts as well as other criminally related activity.

So, ALPR can be used in fantastic ways. But what if the data captured was inaccurate and there are resulting erroneous negative consequences? Or what if the information is over-shared, violating one's constitutional rights to privacy? These issues concern the masses in discussions about ALPR.