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Archive for June 8th, 2009

Texas Airport Cop Going to Prison for Selling Cocaine to FBI Informant While in Uniform

laredo-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Obviously Gerardo Sepulveda didn’t get the memo that you’re not allowed to sell cocaine in your  Laredo International Airport police officer’s uniform — particularly at the airport.

Sepulveda, 41, of Loredo, did just that and was sentenced last week to 20 months in federal prison. He was arrested by the FBI on Sept. 11, 2008  at the airport after he sold 24 grams of cocaine to an FBI cooperating source for $700, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He pleaded guilty last November and admitted selling cocaine to the FBI informant on four previous occasions as well, authorities said, for a grand total of  32 grams of cocaine.

Authorities said he had been free on bond and will remain free until the court orders him to prison.

FTC Closes Down Crooked Calif. Web Hosting Firm That Helped Distribute Child Porn and Other Harmful Content

internet-photoAlthough it’s a shame that 3FN will likely set up shop again outside of the country, it’s good to know that these purveyors of illegal goods and child porn will no longer have a home in the U.S.

By Brian Krebs
Washingtonpost.com

In an unprecedented move, the Federal Trade Commission has taken legal steps to shut down a Web hosting provider in Northern California that the agency says was directly involved in managing massive global spam operations.

Sometime on Tuesday, more than 15,000 Web sites connected to San Jose, Calif., based Triple Fiber Network (3FN.net) went dark. 3FN’s sites were disconnected after a Northern California district court judge approved an FTC request to have the company’s upstream Internet providers stop routing traffic for the provider.

In its civil complaint, the FTC names 3FN and its various monikers, including Pricewert LLC — the business entity named on the 3fn.net Web site registration records. The FTC alleges that Pricewert/3FN operates as a “‘rogue’ or ‘black hat’ Internet service provider that recruits, knowingly hosts, and actively participates in the distribution of illegal, malicious, and harmful content,” including botnet control servers, child pornography and rogue antivirus products. 3FN also operates by the names APS Telecom and APX Telecom.

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Judge OKs Feds’ mandatory DNA Collection Policy

This may not make civil liberties groups happy, but it’s a big victory for law enforcement.  Of course, this isn’t likely to be the end of the issue.DNA code analysis

By Mosheh Oinounou
FOXNews.com

A California federal judge ruled Thursday that mandatory DNA collection for all individuals facing federal felony charges is constitutional, dealing a setback to civil liberties advocates.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory G. Hollows upheld the DNA Fingerprint Act, a 2006 law which allows federal law enforcement officials to collect DNA from individuals “arrested, facing charges, or convicted” of federal offenses.

Previously, states throughout the country had a variety of different laws on the books regarding DNA collection—with most mandating testing only after a suspect had been convicted of a crime.

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Immigration Judge says ICE Went Too Far With Conn. Raids

Enforcement of immigration lawsconnect-map has too often been inconsistent. There seems to be some confusion and then there’s times where things simply go too far, like in this instance.

By Dave Collins
Associated Press

Federal agents violated the constitutional rights of four illegal immigrants in raids that critics say were retaliation for a New Haven program that provided ID cards to foreigners in the country illegally, a federal judge has ruled.

The sweeps on June 6, 2007, came two days after New Haven approved issuing identification cards to illegal immigrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deny the early morning raids were retaliatory.

Immigration Judge Michael Straus, in a decision last week, said the ICE agents went into the men’s apartments without warrants, probable cause or their consent, and he put a stop to deportation proceedings against the four Latino defendants.

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After Many Many Delays, Trial to Begin for Ex-Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson

Early on in this whole thing, Congressman William Jefferson had an opportunity to plead guilty and get about six years. Before things got too far along, he decided to pass and fight this. Well, here’s his opportunity.The ex-Congressman’s public persona has always been that of a  gentleman. But when the jury hears some of the FBI tapes, they may have different thoughts — or at least the prosecution hopes so.

By Bruce Alpert
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Ex-Rep. William Jefferson while still in office

Ex-Rep. William Jefferson while still in office

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Nearly four years after FBI agents found $90,000 in marked bills stuffed inside the freezer in his Washington D.C. home, former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson will go on trial Tuesday, facing 16 federal bribery and public corruption charges.

While the “cold cash” came to symbolize the case on the Internet and late-night television, the investigation into complex international business deals also made legal history with the first-ever raid on a sitting congressional member’s office and a constitutional battle over the separation of powers and how bribery statutes are applied to members of Congress.

The indictment, which accuses Jefferson of seeking and sometimes receiving payments in return for helping businesses get contracts in western Africa, has already changed politics in both Louisiana and Nigeria.

Jefferson, a long-established New Orleans power broker, lost his bid for a 10th term in December to a relatively unknown Republican, Anh “Joseph” Cao. And Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar lost a run for his nation’s presidency, partly as a result of being listed as the intended recipient of bribes allegedly to be funneled from Jefferson.

Jefferson, 62, has maintained his innocence. If convicted, he would likely face up to 20 years in prison.

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