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Archive for October 5th, 2012

Weekend Series on Crime History: John Gotti Jr.

Worldwide Crackdown on Illegal Internet Sales of Prescription Drugs Results in the Seizure of Nearly 700 Sites

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Americans who have trouble getting prescriptions from doctors for narcotic medications often find no problem accessing the drugs from illicit online sites.

It will be more difficulty under a crackdown led by ICE and the Department of Justice, which have seized 686 websites accused of selling fake or illegal drug over the past week, ICE said in a press release.

The initiative, called Bitter Pill, was designed to disrupt crime networks peddling illegal online drugs.

Bitter Pill involves 100 countries and netted 79 arrests and the seizure of nearly 4 million doses of counterfeit medications.

DEA Takes 2 Million Pounds of Unused Prescription Drugs Out of Circulation in Two-Year Effort

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The DEA’s two year effort to encourage Americans to turn in expired prescription drugs netted 2 million pounds of unused, potentially hazardous medication, the AP reports.

The initiative, called Drug Take-Back Day, took place nationwide and prompted residents to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted and expired drugs.

The drugs were dropped off at different disposal sites across the country.

The latest take-back gathered half a million pounds of medication, the AP reported.

FBI Paid $40,000 to Informant Who Helped Bring Down Members of a Neo-Nazi Group

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI paid $40,000 to an undercover informant who infiltrated a neo-Nazi group in Florida and secretly photographed white supremacists, some of whom were arrested last spring, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The informant, Jason Hall, helped determine that the members of American Front were receiving paramilitary training to prepare for an inevitable race war, the Sentinel reported, citing records.

Hall began working as an informant to work off criminal charges and helped the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s task force.

The investigation into the neo-Nazi group led to the arrest of 14 people. One has pleaded guilty, while the others are awaiting trial, according to the Sentinel.

FBI Agents Finally Reach Libyan City Where Four Americans Were Killed in Attack on U.S. Consulate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A team of FBI agents finally arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate and has narrowed the suspects to one or two people in an extremist group, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said agents swooped in before dawn Thursday and left after about 12 hours following weeks of waiting to access the scene of the attack that left Ambassador J. Christopher Sevens and three other Americans dead.

The agents were joined by several dozens U.S. special operations forces, the AP reported, citing an unnamed senior Defense Department official.

The FBI said the agents visited “the relevant locations” in the city, but would not say whether any evidence was found.

A U.S. counterterrorism official said the probe has focused on one or two suspects in the Libya-based extremist group Ansar al-Shariah.