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One of “World’s Most Significant Drug Kingpins” Gets 30 Years in NY

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Colombian drug lord Francisco Gonzalez Uribe, designated by the Justice Department as one of “the world’s most significant drug kingpins”, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York to 30 years in prison, authorities announced.

Gonzalez Uribe, 44, was arrested in 2009 in the Dominican Republic and pleaded guilty to drug charges in June.

“In the international drug trafficking underworld, Gonzalez Uribe was almost peerless,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “Today’s sentence should send a strong message to narcotics dealers around the world that if you try to smuggle drugs into our country, we will find you and prosecute you with the full force of our laws.”

Authorities charged that from at least 2007 through 2009, he headed an organization that shipped thousands of kilograms of cocaine and heroin to countries like Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

The drug then went to the U.S. and Europe.

During the probe, the DEA seized larges quantities of drugs. Recorded phone calls also showed he had been trying to obtain a number of large planes, including a

DC-8 jumbo jet, to ship large quantities of drugs, authorities said.

Detective/Investigator for Arena Football League

Part time Investigator – New Orleans, LA
Position Type Position Title
Detective/Investigator Part time Investigator

Requirements/Overview
The arena football league is looking for an investigator in the New Orleans Area. A detective background is not required, but is a plus. Please email resume with the subject “New Orleans Investigator” in the subject to Chris Sanders at arenacompliance@yahoo.com. Do not apply if you live 20 miles outside the New Orleans area. The pay is part time and mileage is also paid.
Additional Information
Salary
$ 25 per hour
Posting Date
2010-11-15
Closing Date
2011-02-01
Job Last Updated
2010-11-29

NY Agent Richard Kolko Talks About FBI’s InfraGard Program

Lawyer Claims Oregon Teen Was Entrapped by FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The federal defender for the Oregon teen accused of trying to detonate a fake bomb in an FBI sting, is claiming his client was entrapped by the government, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali-American, pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to charges he tried detonating a van filled with fake explosives at a crowded holiday celebration last Friday in Portland, Ore.

The Los Angeles Times reported that federal defender Stephen R. Sady told the judge the FBI had been “basically grooming” Mohamud for months to commit a terrorist act.

He also expressed concern that the FBI’s failed to record agents’ first meeting with Mohamud. Subsequent meetings were recorded.

“In cases involving potential entrapment, it’s the first meeting that matters,” Sady said, according to the paper. “The first meeting was not recorded.”

The paper reported that after the hearing, Sady and Steven Wax, the federal public defender, released a statement saying the FBI’s sting “raises significant concerns about the government manufacturing crime — or entrapment.”

“The affidavit reveals that government agents suggested key actions to this teenager, spent thousands of dollars on him, specified components, drove Mr. Mohamud around, and were instrumental in setting up” the purported bombing attempt, they said, according to the paper.

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. told reporters on Monday that he was “confident that there is no entrapment here, and no entrapment claim will be found to be successful,” the paper reported.

Holder said undercover FBI agents gave the teen numerous chances “to retreat, to take a different path. He chose at every step to continue.”

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Read FBI Affidavit

Some Doing Better Than Others After Congressman Jefferson Scandal

William J. Jefferson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A little more than a year after being sentenced to 13 years in prison for bribery, ex-Rep. William Jefferson of money-in-the-freezer fame, remains free pending an appeal.

And while the former New Orleans Democratic Congressman remains free, nothing will reverse the mess that resulted from what “federal prosecutors called a web of shakedown schemes orchestrated by Jefferson”, Bruce Alpert of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Some are doing better than others, the paper reports.

Vernon Jackson, the CEO of iGate Inc., who pleaded guilty to bribing Jefferson to help promote his high tech company in Africa, had his 87-month sentence reduced to three years after testifying in the trial against Jefferson, the paper reported.

The paper reported that Jackson called his time in prison the “greatest years of my life” because it brought him closer to God. The paper reports that he is now devoting his life to being a pastor.

The paper reports that Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president of Nigeria who authorities never charged, but alleged had taken bribes from Jefferson, is running for president of Nigeria.

Others have not done so well.

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Inspector Gen. Glenn Fine Hanging it Up

Glenn Fine/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Over the years, his Inspector General reports have stung such agencies as the FBI and ATF and DEA, pointing out flaws, offering suggestions that have not always been welcomed with open arms.

Now, Glenn Fine, the Justice Department’s Inspector General, is hanging it up, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced. He will leave in January.

“For more than fifteen years, Glenn Fine’s commitment to integrity and professionalism has helped the Department of Justice fulfill its most important responsibilities,” Holder said in a statement.

“It has been a privilege to work with Glenn during my service as both Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Throughout his decade-long tenure as Inspector General, he has embodied the Justice Department’s highest ideals and greatest traditions of service.

“In the Justice Department’s most critical operations and practices, especially our efforts to combat corruption, fraud, waste and abuse, the work done by the Office of the Inspector General is essential. Thanks to Glenn’s outstanding leadership, this Office has never been stronger.

“I am grateful for his service, and I am certain that the Justice Department and the American people will continue to benefit from Glenn’s enduring contributions.

Authorities Arrest Mexican Drug Dealer Who Ok’d Most Killings in Violent Border Town

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a very very violent city in Mexico comes some good news.

Authorities on Saturday arrested Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, a notorious drug gang leader, who has confessed to ordering most killings in the the border city of Ciudad Juárez since August 2009, the New York Times reports. The killings include the drive-by shootings of a U.S. consular employee and her husband, the Times reported, attributing the information to Mexico’s federal police.

Authorities said that Castrellon,32, is the alleged leader of criminal organization ‘Los Aztecas’ in Mexico, the Times reported.

Castrellón, 32, was arrested along with two other gang leaders in a Juárez neighborhood, the New York Times reported.

“He is in charge of the whole organization of Los Aztecas in Ciudad Juárez,” Mr. Cárdenas told reporters at a news conference in Mexico City, the Times reported “All the instructions for the murders committed in Ciudad Juárez pass through him.”

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Rep. Peter King Urges Atty. Gen. Holder to Go After WikiLeaks; Holder Says There’s “Active, Ongoing Criminal Investigation”

Rep. Peter King/gov photo

Update: Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. said the Justice Department will prosecute anyone found to have violated U.S. law in the leaks, the Associated Press reported.”To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law, who put at risk the assets and the people I have described, they will be held responsible; they will be held accountable,” Holder said at a news conference, according to the AP. He called the WikiLeaks probe “an active, ongoing criminal investigation.”
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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is urging Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. to designate WikiLeaks as a “foreign terrorist organization”, saying it “posed a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States,” the New York Daily News reported.

The request came  as the White House condemned the leak, saying some who help the U.S. abroad could be harmed, the paper reported.

WikiLeaks published 250,000 diplomatic cables from classified projects, exposing back-channel communications, some embarrassing to the U.S., foreign nations and individuals.

The Daily News reported that the leaks included information that Saudi Arabia has urged the U.S. to launch air strikes on Iran’s nuclear program.

“Cut off the head of the snake,” the Saudi ambassador to Washington urged Gen. David Petraeus, who commands U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks Shines Light on Backdoor Diplomatic Channels (NY Times)

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