(KMOV) --Some criminals are bragging about their exploits on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Prosecutors say it’s a growing trend and police are wise to the game.
“The more it’s out there, the more we are going to find it,” said St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar.
For example, the St. Charles County Drug Task Force had their eyes on Rashaud Paul for a while but they really found some good stuff against him when they logged online.
“What we found was Mr. Paul was actively engaged in social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and he seemed to mention very often all of these activities,” said Lohmar.
Over and over in Paul’s timelines, there were references to drug sales, pictures of him with bundles of money or even, lighting up.
He would seem to flaunt the fact that officers couldn’t catch up with them but in fact, the irony is, and they used his own social media to make a case against him.
Lohmar says it’s a growing, but concerning trend. “Are criminals using social media to network with each other?” asked News 4’s Lauren Trager. “More and more we see that,” said Lohmar.
But cops are trolling social media too, using it to help put bad guys behind bars.
Paul, a career criminal, is now charged again with dealing drugs. Investigators say he also had guns at his house.