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Stejskal: Unmasking The Joker

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.

By Greg Stejskal
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In the Spring of 1989, a drama fraught with irony began playing out in Austria. A Jewish American family, a mother and her two grown sons, were fighting extradition to the US. About 50 years before, Jewish families were desperately trying to leave Austria for safe havens like the U.S.

The subjects of the extradition were Linda Leary and sons, Paul and Richard Heilbrunn. They fled to Austria from Indiana in anticipation of an indictment that was returned by a Federal Grand Jury in November, 1987. The indictment ran 136 pages and contained 53 counts variously charging 34 people. Paul and Richard were specifically charged with running a massive marijuana smuggling and distribution operation, legally termed a “Continuing Criminal Enterprise” (CCE). According to the indictment the ring operated from 1975 to 1985. It distributed more than 150,000 lbs. and took in more than $50 million in cash. The figures were subsequently revised upward to 250,000 lbs. and $50 to $100 million. It would prove to be the biggest marijuana ring ever prosecuted by the US.

Greg Stejskal

Greg Stejskal

Paul Heilbrunn was characterized as the ring leader of the enterprise. Testimony later depicted him as both respected and feared. He was referred to as “Melech,” Hebrew for king. Although Paul was a high school dropout, he was by all accounts a brilliant businessman. Prior to the indictment, he was believed to be a successful commodities trader in Indianapolis and wrote a column on trading for the local newspaper. He was a bon vivant who favored three-piece suits, frequented the finest restaurants and drove a top of the line BMW. He on several occasions rented jets and flew his friends to such events as the Super Bowl and the NCAA basketball finals.

His older brother, Richard, on the other hand was described as a big Teddy bear. He lived on a farm and usually wore flannel shirts and jeans. Richard supervised operations while Paul was the CEO.

Their mother, Linda Leary, was twice married and divorced. She had kept the name of her second husband. Leary was prominent in the Indianapolis community. She was the head of the Indiana League of Women Voters and president of the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Leary was also involved in her sons’ business ventures. An early venture was dubbed Heilbrunn and Friends, ostensibly it was a health food distribution business -a good front for marijuana distribution. The “friends” were high school buddies who had setup marijuana sales networks at colleges they attended. But soon the network was supplying customers outside the campuses in eleven Midwestern states. Most of the marijuana came by ship from Columbia, Jamaica and Thailand – an exotic global operation. It was then trucked to Indiana where it was stored in barns that were owned or rented by the Heilbrunn organization.

Paul Heilbrunn had structured the organization so that information stovepiped, that is, information moved up and down, but only flowed between members as was necessary. This limited what any member could divulge should they choose to cooperate with law enforcement.

Paul also had attorneys set up offshore corporations in the Bahamas and Panama to launder the proceeds from the marijuana operation. Linda Leary was designated as the head of several of these corporations. Much of the laundered money was transferred back into the US and used to fund loans often for Indiana businesses.

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Trump Exchanges Android for New Secret Service-Approved Phone

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday exchanged his Android device for an unidentified locked-down phone.

Included is a new phone number, which only a small group of people will know, the Associated Press reports. 

Because of hacking concerns, Barack Obama became the first president to use a phone approved by security agencies.

Expect Trump to use his new phone to tweet on his existing Twitter account. He said he does not plan to use the @POTUS account.

The Secret Service wouldn’t comment for this story.


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Secret Service, Other Law Enforcement Prepared for Inauguration Day

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
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With protesters and more than 800,000 people expected to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Secret Service has a daunting job of keeping the president and public safe.

To prepare, the Secret Service, FBI, D.C. Metropolitan Police and numerous other law enforcement agencies have been training for this day for the past year, Circa reports. 

Law enforcement officers have been preparing for bomb attack, random public disturbances and active shooters.

“The planning and preparation for this one is better and more comprehensive than I’ve seen in the previous seven I’ve been involved,” said interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.

So far, Newsham said there have been no “credible threats about terrorist incidents.”

“The one thing we’re not going to tolerate is anyone who’s going to come here with the intention of breaking the law.” 


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Notorious Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Extradited to U.S.

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped prison two times in the past, likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars in the U.S.

The Justice Department said Thursday that Guzman has been extradited to the U.S., Reuters reports. 

Guzman is “en route to the United States to face criminal charges in connection with his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the ‘Sinaloa Cartel,'” the Justice Department said in a statement.


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Influx of Undocumented Immigrants Rush to Border Before Trump Becomes President

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More migrant adults and children are rushing over the U.S. border before Donald Trump becomes president.

Those who were captured spoke through tears about their attempt to gain access to the U.S.

Most came from Central America.

“The young children, especially, when they start turning 7 or 8, they force them to join gangs or if not, they kill them,” said a mother, holding her son tightly against her chest. “Si no, los matan,” if not they kill them,” said one mom. “I didn’t want that for my son.”

Apprehensions are on the rise. In October 2016, 46,000 migrants were apprehended, compared to about 26,000 in October 2o14.

The surge in October 2016 was the largest since a massive number of unaccompanied minors came to the U.S. during the summer of 2014. 


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Secret Service: Mike Pence’s Motorcade Struck, Injured Police Officer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A motorcade for Vice President-elect Mike Pence struck a D.C. police reserve officer, according to the Secret Service.

The motorcar hit the officer while he was conducting traffic control in northwest Washington on Wednesday afternoon, the Associated Press reports. 

The police officer sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the motorcade to strike the officer.

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FBI, Other Agencies Investigating Possible Russian Aid to Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been investigating whether Russia secretly provided money to help President-elect Donald Trump win the November election.

Two sources familiar with the matter told McClatchy that investigators are trying to determine how money may have been moved from Russia to help Trump. 

Included in the investigation is whether some email hackers in the U.S. were covertly paid by the Kremlin.

Among those investigating are the FBI, CIA, NSA, Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the director of national intelligence.

The agencies are investigating a few Americans “who were affiliated with Trump’s campaign or his business empire an of multiple individuals from Russia and other former Soviet nations who had similar connections,” sources told McClatchy.


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