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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement: J. Edgar Hoover and The Enemies List

Mary Rook Talks About Challenges of Running the FBI’s Alaska Office

Border Patrol Finds Drugs, Gun in Tour Bus of Grammy-Winning Rapper Nelly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Border Patrol authorities seized marijuana, heroin and a loaded gun from the tour bus of Grammy-winning rapper Nelly at a checkpoint in West Texas, Reuters reports.

Nelly and the rest of his crew were released after a member of his entourage took the blame, according to Reuters.

“It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest,” Nelly said in a statement Thursday. “Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board.”

The seizure happened at the same checkpoint where singers Fiona Apple and Willie Nelson, rapper Snoop Dogg and actor Armand Hammer found with controlled substances, Reuters reported.

Texas to Arm Property Owners With Spy Equipment Along the Mexican Border

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Private landowners may play a key role in the battle to crack down on human and drug smugglers along the Mexican border, Reuters reports.

Texas officials announced an initiative Thursday to allow landowners to equip their property with hundreds of small, motion-activated cameras.

Many landowners already have an incentive.

“Our farmers and ranchers are being shot at, they are being intimidated, they are being chased off their own property on an all-too-frequent basis,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

The cameras are part of a test program to seize drugs from the border, Reuters reported.

ATF Whistleblower Vince Cefalu Vows on Fox News to Challenge His Firing


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran ATF agent and well-known whistleblower who was fired in a Denny’s parking lot this week has pledged to challenge his dismissal, Fox News reports.

Vince Cefalu, a co-founder of the website CleanUpATF.org, which is critical of the agency, said his firing was the direct result of blowing the whistle on the failed gun-smuggling operation, Fast and Furious.

First reported this week at ticklethewire.com, Cefalu was fired in Nevada near his home for “lack of candor,” according to his spokesman Patrick Crosby, a former spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, who now has his own public relations firm.

Cefalu told Fox News that his decision to blow the whistle on Fast and Furious “was the final straw.”

 

Taped Phone Calls Help FBI Build Case Against Traders for JPMorgan Chase

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI appears to be closing in on JPMorgan Chase traders in connection with a multibillion-dollar trading loss, the New York Times reports.

Using phone recordings turned over by JPMorgan, the FBI is focusing on at least four London-based traders who were responsible for the $6 billion loss, the Times reported.

Feds are trying to determine whether traders discussed how to influence market prices as their bets nosedived, according to the Times, citing officials briefed on the case.

Investigators also are examining whether records were falsified to hide the problems from JPMorgan executives in New York.

FBI Suspects a Law Enforcement Leak in Bike Club Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating suspicions that a law enforcement official in Atlanta compromised a probe into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club this summer, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said FBI agents believe a law enforcement official leaked the name of a government informant, which forced feds to halt the case.

But that didn’t stop officials from charging nearly two dozen people with ties to the Outlaws and its affiliated clubs with drug and weapons offenses, the AP reported.

The Outlaw Motorcycle Club has chapters nationwide.

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