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After a year’s worth of work, the AP found that law enforcement agencies in Washington state sold about 6,000 guns that had been confiscated during criminal investigations, and more than a dozen of those firearms later became evidence in new investigations. The weapons were used to threaten people, seized at gang hangouts, discovered in drug houses, possessed illegally by convicted felons, found hidden in a stolen car, taken from a man who was suffering a mental health crisis and used by an Army veteran to commit suicide.
"The News used computer databases of three years' worth of Detroit crime records to isolate the location (street address) and dates of felony narcotics arrests. The paper identified more than 300 properties that had been the scene of three or more felony arrests during the three-year span. The paper then examined each of the properties to determine: whether drugs still were sold there; who owned the property; what steps police had taken to stem the flow of drugs there; and what role, if any, did Detroit city agencies play in the acquisition, demolition or management of the properties...."