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Archive for October 25th, 2011

8 NYPD Cops Busted in Gun Smuggling Ring

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

And now for one of those black eyes that all police departments hate.

Reuters reports that 8 New York cops were arrested Tuesday on fed charges for allegedly helping run a run a gun-smuggling ring in the city.  Four others were also charged in the case.

Reuters reported that the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed the arrests and said the ring also smuggled other items such as cigarettes and slot machines.

Reuters reported that of the eight officers, five are active duty officers and three are retired.

 

Got Drugs? DEA Wants You to Turn Them In

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ad stripped across the bottom of USA Today’s Money section on Monday read: “Got Drugs? Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, October 29th.”

The ad,  an apparent play on the popular ad campaign “Got Milk?”, also appears on the top of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s webpage, and is part of a campaign by the DEA to get folks to throw out their expired or unused drugs.

The DEA will have collection sites set up around the country from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” the DEA said in a press release.”More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

“Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.”

 

Affleck and Matt Damon to Make Movie About Mobster “Whitey” Bulger

Ben Affleck/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It was just a matter of time.

Four months after the FBI captured Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger  in California, word has surfaced that a movie will be made based on his life.

The website Deadline New York reports that actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon “are reuniting in their first real picture partnership since Good Will Hunting” to make the movie about Bulger.

Deadline New York reports that Warner Bros will make the film and Affleck will direct, co-star. Damon will play Bulger.

“Matt and I have been looking for something to do together for some time,” Affleck said, according to the website. “We’ve heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids, and we are excited by the prospect of putting it on screen.”

The movie The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese, was supposedly inspired by the Bulger story.

Bulger was a fugitive for 16 years.

The website said the new movie will be based on Bulger’s life including his time as an FBI informant, which has long been a sensitive issue within the FBI.

 

Arson Suspect Pleads to Threatening to Kill ATF Task Force Member

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some thoughts are better kept to yourself.

That’s what Craig Allen Shepperd, 37, of Whitehall, Md., hopefully learned.

Shepperd pleaded guilty to threatening to murder an ATF task force member pleaded guilty last Friday in Baltimore federal court.

“ATF agents, along other federal, state, and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line everyday to reduce violent crime, and keep peace in our communities,” Mark Chait, ATF special agent in charge of the Baltimore office, said in a statement. “ATF will not tolerate anyone who threatens the peace of our citizens, or those who have sworn to protect them.”

The incident happened when the task force member visited Sheppard in the Baltimore County Jail. Shepperd was a suspect in the arson of a horse barn that burned down in Monkton, Md. on Aug. 26, 2010, authorities said. He was in the jail on a state indictment for arson.

Authorities say Shepperd became very agitated and told the ATF task force member that he was a marksman and a very good hunter and he would shoot the task force member in the head.

Shepperd stated that when he got out of jail he would would meet the ATF task force officer at at a restaurant and neither of them would come out alive.

Authorities said they also had recordings of conversations in which Shepperd made statements to an individual and his father repeating those threats to murder the ATF officer.

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