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February 27. 2014 10:58AM

Text your drug tips anonymously to DEA

A cellphone user now can anonymously drop a dime on the local drug dealer by texting a tip directly to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New England Field Division.

John J. Arvanitis, special agent in charge of the New England Field Division of the DEA, announced Thursday that a texting tip line, "Tip,411," powered by Citizen Observer, is now available for anyone with a cellphone to use quickly and easily to report drug trafficking, money laundering or related suspicious activity directly to a DEA agent.

To use the service, 847411 (Tip411) is entered in the "To" field and the keyword "DEADRUGS" in the text field on a cellphone followed by the tip. All information provided is 100 percent anonymous. Citizen observer's technology removes the identifying information of the sender before the tip is forwarded to the federal agency. The service allows an agent to follow up with the sender in a response text, but the individual remains completely anonymous throughout the conversation.

"This program enables citizens, who otherwise might be reluctant to provide information, to communicate directly and anonymously with a DEA agent via text message. Through the Tip 411 service we are strengthening our partnership with the community, whose members want to rid their neighborhoods of drug traffickers," said Arvanitis.

Other law enforcement agencies around the country, including several in Massachusetts, currently in use the system.

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