Wiretaps are powerful investigative tools that enable law-enforcement agencies to tap into private communications, but only in limited circumstances under strict judicial oversight.
It’s just such tools that authorities employed for close to a year to gather evidence in hopes of ensnaring Pagans Motorcycle Club President Deric “Tuna” McGuire and dozens of his associates in a sweeping investigation into drug dealing and firearms crimes in 2018.
But whether the state police had the legal authority to intercept communications from a dozen phone numbers that investigators believed to be linked to criminal activity by McGuire and others proved central Wednesday to arguments before the state Supreme Court.
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