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Criminals Increasingly Mutilate Fingers To Avoid Fingerprint ID

July 26, 2010  | 

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When Boston police officers arrested Jorge Falcon Ortiz with 361 grams of heroin stuffed in his pockets, they also noticed he had burned the tips of his fingers to obscure his fingerprints, ABC News reports.

The case represents an increasing trend where criminals mutilate their fingertips so they can't be connected by police to their earlier crimes. The Suffolk County district attorney said the trend has been increasingly on display during "heavy weight drug cases."

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