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Archive for April 29th, 2011

Weekend Series on Crime: Ex-FBI Agent Jack Garcia Talks About Public’s Fascination With the Mob

FBI Official James Nice to Become Akron, Ohio Police Chief

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Veteran FBI agent James Nice,  who is stationed at headquarters in Washington, is heading to his hometown of Akron, Ohio to become police chief, according to a city press release. He will assume the post on June 6.

Nice, 56, currently serves as Chief of Undercover and Sensitive Operations at FBI Headquarters. He directs all undercover operations for the bureau in the U.S. and overseas, the city said.

Several years back, he got assigned to the Cleveland FBI so he could be closer to his father during his last illness.

“Five years ago, I knew I wanted to return home,” Nice said, according to the release.  “My dad spent 81 of his 83 years in Akron, and I was glad to care for him before his death in 2008.”

During that time, Nice said:

“I had the opportunity to get to see Akron’s police department in action. “Without exaggeration the men and women of the Akron Police Department who worked with me on that case were among the most professional officers I have ever served with in 26 years. The people of Akron are lucky to have law enforcement that works together better than any place I have ever seen.”

Feds Investigating ICE Agent For Allegedly Taking More than $100,000 in Bribes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are investigating an  Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Miami for allegedly taking more than $100,000 in bribes from a confidential government informant, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The bribes were allegedly paid to ICE agent Juan Martinez for “temporary parole” immigration status for Colombians and others. The status allowed them to stay in the U.S. even though they did not qualify for such status, the paper reported.

Martinez has been suspended without pay and his attorney declined comment, the paper reported.

The paper reported that ICE confidential informant, Jose Miguel Aguirre-Pinzon, was charged in mid-April with allegedly paying about $109,000 in bribes “to a public official, with the intent to influence any official act.” The official was not named.

The U.S. grants short-term parole benefits to endangered family members of drug traffickers and government witnesses who assist the Justice Department, the paper reported.

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Feds Bust Up Drug Ring at Detroit Airport Involving Delta Airlines Workers

Portland Votes to Rejoin FBI’s JTTF — Sort Of

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After endless debate, the Portland City Council in Oregon voted unanimously Thursday for its police department to rejoin the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force — sort of.

The city quit the JTTF in 2005, citing concerns that the FBI was violating civil rights. It was also concerned its officers might snoop on citizens and violate local laws. Then-police chief and mayor were also angry that they did not have access to the same classified information task force officers had.

But on Thursday, the council reached a compromise: It decided not to permanently assign manpower to the JTTF, but to get involved  with the anti-terrorism task force on an “as-needed basis” when it deemed the investigations worthy, The Oregonian reported.

Under the plan, the police chief will have the discretion to assign officers to investigations after consulting with the police commissioner, the Oregonian reported. Some community members were adamantly against the city having a relationship with the JTTF.

U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton praised the vote, The Oregonian reported.

The issue to rejoin bubbled up again late last year after the FBI set up a sting and busted a man who was plotting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

FBI Says Violent Threats Against Lawmakers Set Record in 2010

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Politics can be a dirty game. It can also be a dangerous one.

The FBI reports that lawmakers were the target of more threats of violence in 2010 than in any other year on record, according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

Some threats involved health care legislation, The Hill reported. And politicians from both sides of the isle were targets including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

The Hill reported the FBI opened, investigated and closed at least 26 threats against lawmakers.

Last March, The Hill reported, Pelosi got a call from a man who said: “I’m going to come down there and put a bullet in your a– when you leave.”

A McConnell staff member got a call last year from someone who said: “I’m going to kill you and your senator and your staff.”

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