The Miami Herald reported on March 23 that a 16-year-old was arrested after detectives found “drugs, stolen credit cards, and a realistic-looking silver BB revolver” during a raid his Southwest Miami-Dade home this month. According to the Herald, the teenager was “only the latest example of someone arrested after South Florida investigators used Instagram and social media to track their suspected crimes.”
Investigators began monitoring the minor’s Instagram account in January, and police told the Herald that the teenager’s four prior convictions did not stop him from “using Instagram to sell drugs and post pics of himself preening with pistols.” Numerous Instagram posts featured the teenage posing with guns that he was prohibited from possessing, and he allegedly used Instagram’s “Stories” feature—similar to Snapchat, involving videos and photos that disappear soon after being viewed—to sell Xanax.
The Herald reported that the teenager remained in juvenile custody and prosecutors would have to decide whether to charge the minor an adult. The minor had been arrested six times in the juvenile justice system over the past three years. Three of those arrests were for car break-ins, and the teenager was convicted, or adjudicated “delinquent,” on four of the charges.