On the morning of September 10, 2008, US Postal Inspector Lori Heath had assembled a Baltimore team to raid the ramshackle Independence Street home of a suspected Internet child p**nography kingpin.

They got an early start; with help from local cops, Heath put the house under surveillance at 6:00am. By 8:30am, the full twelve-person group of postal inspectors, digital forensics specialists, and police officers was in position, but they couldn’t act—Heath was stalled down at the District Court, still waiting to get her search warrant signed. Without it, the raid was on hold.

The target was Roger Lee Loughry Sr., a fiftysomething mechanic with a high-school education, a handlebar mustache, and a love for motorcycles.

Heath, in constant communication with her team back on Independence Street, wanted her warrant before Loughry got spooked by the surveillance.

While she waited, Loughry stepped out into the morning air, unkempt hair hanging to his shoulders. To ensure he didn’t leave the property, the surveillance team broke from their vehicles and detained him next to his home.

At 9:00am, federal Magistrate Judge Beth Gesner signed off on the search warrant.

Heath called her team immediately and they took Loughry back inside his home.

Heath herself arrived shortly, crossed the dirt driveway, and let herself into the yard through the chain-link gate in the front fence. 01     

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