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Archive for December 19th, 2011

Feds and Local Cops in D.C. Announce “Most Important Weapons Investigation” in Recent Past

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A year-long fed and local undercover sting in the nation’s capitol netted $7.2 million in cocaine, methamphetamines and other drugs as well as 161 weapons, with 70 people arrested,  Clarence Williams of the Washington Post reports.

In documents unveiled Monday, Christopher Washington–one of the arrested–offered handgrenades and a rocket launcher to an undercover officer.  Authorities called the sting  one of their most important weapons investigations in recent history.

“Had those drugs and guns made it to our streets, the consequences would be devastating,” D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said.

The Post reported that the FBI had wired a stylish Northeast Washington rowhouse where undercover officers dealt with the criminals.  The paper reported that the FBI, D.C. police, ATF and DEA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “uncovered connections to a Mexican drug cartel and out-of-area gun traders that led to federal investigations in a half-dozen states and a murder case in El Salvador.”

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FBI Investigates Swastika Painted on Sen. Roberts Office… Again

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Senator Pat Roberts went to work on Monday to quite a surprise: red swastikas painted over the weekend on a wall of the Senator’s Wichita, Kans. office.

The FBI has been called in to investigate, reports the Wichita Eagle.  This was not a first for the Republican.  It was the second time it happened.

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Mexican Officials Spying for America

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Despite fiery rhetoric from congressional Republicans, it appears that botched gun-walking programs have not completely soured relations between Mexican and US federal law enforcement.

Fox News Latino cites a Spanish-language news report that at least 80 former employees of the Mexican government are currently working for US agencies as spies.

The La Jornada newspaper reported over the weekend that Mexicans have worked as agents for the DEA, ATF and ICE.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Faces Intense Heat; No Plans to Resign

 

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By CHARLIE SAVAGE
New York Times

AUSTIN, Tex. — For nearly three years, Republicans have attacked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on national security and civil rights issues. For months, they have criticized him over a gun-trafficking investigation gone awry, with dozens of leaders calling for his resignation. Last week, more than 75 members of Congress co-sponsored a House resolution expressing “no confidence” in his leadership.

The intensifying heat on Mr. Holder comes as the Justice Department is stepping into some of the most politically divisive social issues of the day, including accusing an Arizona sheriff known for his crackdowns on illegal immigrants of racial profiling, scrutinizing new restrictions on voting in search of signs that they could lower turnout among minorities and telling judges that a law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

As Mr. Holder’s third year as attorney general draws to a close, no member of President Obama’s cabinet has drawn more partisan criticism. In an interview last week, Mr. Holder said he had no intention of resigning before the administration’s term was up, although he said he had made no decision about whether he would continue after 2012 should the president win re-election.

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FBI Report Says Violent Crimes Dropped 6.4% in 1st Half of 2011

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Violent crimes and property crimes in the U.S. dropped during January to June of this year compared to the same period last year, according to the FBI’s just-released Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report.

The report showed that overall, violent crimes were down 6.4 percent in that period, and property crimes dipped by 3.7 percent.

More specifically, murders were down 5.7 percent; rape dropped 5.1 percent, robbery fell 7.7 percent, and aggravated assault declined 5.9 percent.

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Retiring Houston ATF Chief Offers His Views on Agency and Guns to Mexico

By Dane Schiller
Houston Chronicle

Dewey Webb, head of the Houston division for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is retiring this month after a career that began in 1976. T

he Oklahoma native, who can trace his family to full-blooded Choctaw and Cherokee Native Americans, has gone against moonshiners, weapons traffickers, drug cartels and terrorists, including Timothy McVeigh. He’s also seen his agency endure plenty of controversy, and as he leaves, he says he’s more certain than ever that ATF must continue to try to stop guns from heading to Mexico. He recently sat down with Houston Chronicle reporter Dane Schiller. Here are some excerpts from that conversation.

Q: When the ATF is brought up, some people get very angry. Why do they hate you guys?

A: Over the years, we have been villainized by certain groups. It is very political. … There are so many people out there who are afraid the government is going to decide one day to take away all the guns. It is never going to happen in this country.

Q: Why has the ATF remained a small agency and not grown, as the Drug Enforcement Administration has?

A: There is a fear that if we get too big, it will infringe on gun rights, which is the furthest thing from the truth. Having strong firearms policies and laws is the best way to preserve gun rights.

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DEA Joins Investigation of Chicago Bears Wide Receiver

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com
Apparently professional sports don’t pay enough.
 
The DEA has joined an investigation into Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd’s alleged drug dealing network, reports the Associated Press. Hurd was arrested last Wednesday night after accepting a kilo of cocaine from an undercover federal agent. 

Special Agent Jack Riley promised Hurd’s status as a professional athlete will not effect the investigation, and that it would be pursued like any other drug-trafficking case, according to AP.

Hurd’s defense attorney said he intends to fight the charges. Coach Lovie Smith said the Bears are considering cutting Herd.

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Oklahoma Auto Dealership Suspected of Funding Terrorism Abroad

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Low financing and a bag of heroin? Get  out of town!

Agents with the DEA raided a car dealership in Tulsa, Ok. on suspicions that the business is one of about 30 others in the US selling cars and drugs to help fund the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, FOX reports.

Agents say Ace Auto Leasing is part of a huge network which sells cars and drugs to support training and and weapons for terrorism against the U.S.

“They’re making big time money and it’s going right into weapons acquisition, terrorist training, recruiting, corruption. Things needed to carry out terrorist attacks across the world,” said Rusty Payne of the DEA, according to Fox. “Some of that money is flowing back to the United States, back to these used car companies, to purchase more used cars to ship them to West Africa to sell those at a profit and then mix those used car proceeds in with the drug dollars.”

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