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Archive for April 26th, 2010

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Ex-FBI Agent Gets 30 Years For Home-Invasion Plot

CALIFornia mapBy Allan Lengel
For AOL NEWS

A former FBI agent was sentenced Monday in California to 30 years in prison for plotting a violent home invasion of a suspected drug stash house in Orange County in what turned out to be an FBI sting.

Vo Duong Tran, 42, of New Orleans, was convicted in March 2009 of plotting the robbery with an accomplice, Yu Sung Park. Park, 36, of Wilmette, Ill., was also sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., to 30 years in prison.

Tran worked for the FBI’s Chicago Division from 1992 to April 2003.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Tran organized and Park schemed “to commit a violent home-invasion robbery” of a home in the middle-class community of Fountain Valley, Calif. They thought the home was a base for a drug-trafficking organization and was flush with drugs and cash, prosecutors said. But the home was actually vacant.

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NY Port Authority Failed to Find Explosives in Terrorist’s Car After Being Warned by FBI

George Washington Bridge/istock photo

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a goof that could have been costly.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI warned Port Authority police to search suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi’s car last September when he drove up to the George Washington Bridge that spans the Hudson River.

But noooo. Instead, the police waved Zazi, the subway bombing plotter, across without finding two pounds of explosives that was hidden inside, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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ABC Exclusive: Christmas Day Bomber Trains and Sends Message

James Lemelle Named Interim U.S. Atty. in Baton Rouge

baton rouge mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James Stanley “Stan” Lemelle announced Monday that Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has named him interim U.S. Attorney in Baton Rouge. He replaces David Dugas, a Bush appointee,who stepped down last week.

“I have been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District for 31 years,” Lemelle said in a statement. “For the past 16 years, I’ve served as Criminal Chief and supervised the office’s Criminal Division.”

Dugas was appointed U.S. Attorney on Oct. 17, 2001, five weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Dept. Justice to Add 15 Fed Prosecutor Positions and 20 FBI Agents to Battle Intellectual Crimes

ip-crimesBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As part of its ongoing battle against intellectual property crimes domestically and internationally, the Justice Department on Monday announced the appointment of 15 new assistant U.S. Attorneys and 20 FBI agents to address the problem that includes theft of trademarks, copyrights and industrial secrets.

The Justice Department said the new federal prosecutor positions will be part of the department’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property program.

“Intellectual property law enforcement is central to protecting our nation’s ability to remain at the forefront of technological advancement, business development and job creation,” Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler said in a statement. “The department, along with its federal partners throughout the Administration, will remain ever vigilant in this pursuit as American entrepreneurs and businesses continue to develop, innovate and create.”

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Mexico Extradites a Founder of Violent Juarez Cartel to U.S.

texasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of the founders of the violent Juárez drug cartel in Mexico, who had been wanted in the U.S. since 1985, was extradited to San Antonio on Friday, the El Paso Times reported.

Juan Jose Quintero Payán aka Don Juan-Jo, was extradited after a long drawn out ordeal that stretched over many years. Mexico claimed Quintero Payan, now 68, was responsible for major drug trafficking in the U.S. from 1978 to 2002, the Texas paper reported.

Mexican authorities arrested him in 1992, but let him go for lack of evidence, the El Paso Times reported. Seven years later, he was caught again and convicted.

Mexico initially rejected any extradition to the U.S., but later changed its mind. Quintero Payan had been jailed in a maximum-security prison in Mexico.

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New High Tech Devices Like Smartphones Pose Challenges to FBI and Other Agencies

Smart Phone 2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Traditionally computers and emails have provided an endless treasure of info for agencies like the FBI, but new devices like smartphones and game consoles are posing challenges for the agencies.

That’s what people attending the 2010 Computer Forensics Show last week in New York were told, according to the website Network World.

“Forensic tools for cell phones are in their infancy,” Stephen Riley, a forensic examiner with the FBI’s Computer Analysis and Response Team said, according to Network World. “There’s lots of different carriers, different phones, different cables – just try to keep up.”

The website reported that “Smartphones can communicate via SMS, MMS, mobile e-mail, mobile internet access, VoIP and traditional cellular voice networks, Riley says, making each machine a potential treasure trove of information but also a nightmare maze of possible proprietary technologies to unlock it.”

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