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Here's the story...About 2 years ago I was under investigation for use of controlled substance. My name was mentioned in a statement so CID brought me in. I was accused of using spice. There was 4 people, including myself, that were under investigation at the time. This took place back in June 2011. I was in the process of checking out and at the same time CID was interrogating me. Well, after no evidence of me using spice and passing a urinalysis I was let go. 3 days before I left the command to fly to my next command I was brought in one more time. CID had an affidavit for seizure and took my cell phone along with the 3 others. They told us they were shipping the phones to forensics in Georgia and that it would take 6 months max. I was able to check out and check in at my new command in Japan. 2 of the 3 personnel were convicted of spice. One of them had a bag of it in his room and the other had some in his car. The third person was let go because they found nothing in his room. My question is, is this a closed case? It's been 2 years. Recently, CID from my last base informed the 4 of us that they were shipping back our phones to us. 2 years later? Does forensics take that long? and if so, wouldn't I be held under investigations until the phones came back? I just want to make sure this is a dead issue. No one at my command here in Japan has ever mentioned that case to me. I'm assuming the personnel at my last command never gave them information about what was going on. My guess is CID took our phones as a way to bluff and scare us. I could be wrong because I don't know the legal side of it. Thank you for your time sir.
Not yet. Due to the time zone difference and conflicting schedules, I have not contacted CID from my last command. Two of the other guys got their phones back. One of them told me they got just the phone and nothing else attached.
I'm ok with continuing to find an answer.
I read that the statue of limitations no longer applies to a military member once they are discharged. After discharged, the case is no longer active. If this is true than does that mean that the case has been closed because the 3 other personnel have been discharged or are there possibilities it can remain open as long as I'm still in? Even though I'm the only one still in from the case. What exactly do they look for in digital forensics?
Is it possible for forensics to retrieve deleted text messages and pictures?
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