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Hello,

I am a third year computer forensics student and for my third year project I have to create a forensic image containing evidence of a crime.  I have chosen the crime drug dealing and the sale of illegal substances.  I will be creating appropriate evidence items and hiding them on a USB stick using different hiding techniques. However, I'm not sure what evidence of drug dealing I can put on there that is enough to convict someone of drug dealing?  What sort of evidence can I create and what does the law require as evidence to convict someone?  

Thanks in advance! (I am from the UK)

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Good Afternoon Carol,

The best evidence that you could use in this case would be photographs of a marijuana grow operation at a specific location. One the belongs to the suspect. That comes from actual knowledge of cases I have worked in the past where photographs taken by the suspect of their cooperation and placed on their computer were enough to convict the person of cultivating marijuana which is a crime in the US. I believe I also know that it's a crime in the UK. So create an eBay account where they buy and sell hydroponic growing materials such as lighting and the pipes and other things involved, a account on hightimes.com where the person speaks back and forth on the form boards with people about growing marijuana and the fact that they are doing it and how to better do it. And then researching on the Internet hydroponics and growing marijuana. And then photographs of the actual grow operation once they establish it, which you can download from the Internet by searching Google images for "hydroponic marijuana growing" operations.

If you really wanted to push it you could also do some bank transaction showing sales to eBay for hydroponic growing materials of some kind but I think the above would be more than enough.

Hope the idea helps.

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I can answer questions concerning Computer Crime Investigations and Internet investigations including Computer Crime Laws both at the State level and Federal level. I can answer questions on almost any crime in which a computer is used. In addition I can answer questions concerning copywrite infringement (peer to peer, and copying). I served as a police Commander and conducted and still conduct Computer Crime Investigations at the Local, State and Federal level. I have investigated all most any kind of crime with which or which involved a computer and the internet, from murders, kidnappings, extortion, drug dealing and more. I can answer questions concerning Computer Forensics (the art of recovering information from a suspects computer), Computer Crime Investigations and Internet Investigations. I am a Federally Court Recognized Expert in Computer Crime and Computer Forensics. I have worked in both Facebook and MySPace, also in Peer to Peer investigations. In addition I can answer questions concerning child predators and how to make your children safer on-line. I teach Computer Forensics, Internet Investigations, Peer to Peer Investigations and other computer crime related subjects for several colleges and the Institute of Police Technology and Management. My hobby webpage - Military Videos - http://www.youtube.com/user/3rdID8487

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I conduct computer crime investigations in conjunction with the F.B.I., Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, and University of Florida Police Department, Levi County Sheriff’s Office, Starke Police Department and other agencies in the North Florida Court District. I provide the forensic data recovery services for those agencies as well as internet tracing and information gathering. I am a Federal Court Certified Expert in Computer Crime Investigations and Forensics. I teach Computer Forensics for the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management. I also teach Computer Crime courses for Tallahassee Community College, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Training Center. Associate Instructor; teach Computer Crime courses thorough out the world for IPTM. Presently Teach Cyber Crime Investigations, Computer Crime Investigations and Computer Forensic Data Recovery Course.

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2 Degrees in Criminal Justice, now teach college level Data Forensics classes

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