The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency executed a search warrant against YouTube and Hotmail as part of an investigation against a drug trafficker who was threatening the life of his brother.
The drug trafficker, who was arrested in May, 2005 at the Mexico/California border after agents found 25.3 kilograms of cocaine in the spare tire of his truck, is suspected of sending death threats to his brother via YouTube’s video e-mail service.
According to the search warrant, the death threats were sent after the brother assisted Customs’ officers by informing them that the drug trafficker — who was living with his mother had falsified information relating to his sentencing, and that the trafficker was bragging about “pulling one over on the government.”
But instead of sending the threats directly to his brother, the trafficker — apparently a YouTube member — sent them to his brother’s son, who has a Hotmail account.
The search warrant, executed March 16, requests “all images, text messages and other from any and all YouTube accounts associated with” the drug trafficker’s name. The search warrant also requests records from Hotmail pertaining to the death threat recipient.
“YouTube complies with valid U.S. legal process,” a YouTube spokesperson said via e-mail. “As a matter of policy we generally do not publicly discuss legal matters.”