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NYPD uses Google Street View images as evidence in heroin-dealing case

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The New York Police Department is using Google Maps with Street View as a crime-fighting tool.

On Wednesday, the NYPD announced the arrest and indictment of seven people accused of being in a heroin-selling ring in Brooklyn. The police used images found on Google's Street View as evidence, according to a report from NBC New York.

Investigators, who built their case against the suspects over a four-month period, said Street View captured the ring standing on a Brooklyn street corner, in front of a Bodega where open-air drug sales occurred regularly, NBC New York reported.

A few of the suspects can be seen on Google Maps' Street View images for the intersection of Jackson Street and Kingsland Avenue.

Over the course of the investigation, the suspects also allegedly made more than 20 sales of heroin to undercover NYPD officers, NBC New York reported.


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Above: Google Map showing the corner of Jackson Street and Kingsland Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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