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Archive for September 6th, 2008

FBI Probing Maryland State Politico

 Democratic state Sen. Nathanial Exum is the target of an FBI probe into an auto repair shop and state car inspections

By Rosalind S. Helderman and John Wagner
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — The FBI has launched an inquiry into Maryland Sen. Nathaniel Exum (D-Prince George’s), questioning a now-retired state police captain and a fellow senator about Exum in recent months.
Robert F. Bambary, who retired after 35 years with the state police July 1, said he was interviewed by an FBI agent in June about Exum’s advocacy on behalf of a Prince George’s automobile repair shop that sought to resume Maryland state automobile inspections four years after its license to do so was revoked because of fraudulent practices.
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Federal Authorities Crack Down At LAX Airport

   Immigrant smuggling has prompted federal authorities to take a second look at security at LAX airport in Los Angeles.

By Dan Weikel
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Airport officials and federal authorities said Thursday that they have tightened security at Los Angeles International Airport because of the recent arrest of an elevator mechanic suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States.
Officials for LAX and U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the measures included security adjustments at the federal inspection area inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
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Arrests Made In Connection With Slain DEA Agent

Agent Byrne/DEA photo

Agent Byrne/DEA photo

A Houston DEA agent in New Orleans was robbed and murdered while attending a conference on organized crime drug enforcement. Two people are now behind bars in connection with his death last Saturday.

By Peggy O’Hare
Houston Chronicle
Authorities have arrested two people linked to credit cards stolen from a Woodlands federal agent who died after he was severely beaten during an apparent robbery in New Orleans last week.
Thomas Joseph Byrne, 40, of The Woodlands (Tex.), who worked as a supervisory special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Houston office, died Saturday in a New Orleans hospital from injuries he suffered in an assault and robbery Aug. 28, officials said.
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