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Archive for January 25th, 2013

FBI Sting Nets 4 Detroit-Area Cops on Bribery and Drug Charges

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT— An FBI sting netted four Highland Park police officers on charges of bribery and drug trafficking, the feds announced Friday.

The cops included: Anthony Bynum, 29, of Highland Park; Price Montgomery, 38, of Highland Park; Shawn Williams, 33, of Detroit; and Craig Clayton, 55, of Highland Park. Williams and Clayton are both auxiliary officers.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office said it all began when officers Bynum and Montgomery arrested a man in August 2012 on a firearms charge and beat him. While in the hospital, the man offered the officers a bribe to drop the charges.

The man started working as an unpaid FBI informant and allegedly gave the two officers $10,000 so they wouldn’t show up to trial. The exchange was recorded by the FBI, and the two cops failed to appear in Wayne County Circuit Court for trial. The charges were dropped, the FBI said.

Subsequently, last Nov. 15, the two officers agreed to transport what they thought was two kilos of cocaine from the Oakland Mall to a location in Taylor for the FBI informant. Each was paid $1,500.

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FBI Investigating Whether Sen. Bob Menendez Bought Prostitutes in the Dominican Republic

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating the latest sex scandal in Washington D.C.

The Daily Caller reports that Sen. Bob Menendez is under investigation on accusations that he was purchasing prostitutes and attending wild sex parties in the Dominican Republic.

The probe focuses on the New Jersey Democrat and a Miami eye doctor, the Daily Caller reported, citing federal documents.

Menendez also may face an ethics hearing because some of his trips may have been paid for by someone else but not disclosed.

FBI Hopes to Swap Old Headquarters for New Place at No Cost

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The federal government is hoping to trade the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. for a new home without any additional costs, the Washington Business Journal reports.

Officials from the FBI and General Services Administration met with about 350 interested developers last week to outline the plan, the Journal wrote.

The FBI is looking for a new home because its current home is antiquated and cumbersome.

Cities and counties in Maryland and Virginia have expressed interest.

DEA: Doctors Not Taking Pain Killer Abuse Seriously Enough

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Doctors are largely responsible for the high rate of pain killer abuse because they don’t take the risks seriously enough, the DEA said Thursday, Bloomberg reports.

“This drug has got a hold of this society and it’s killing us,” Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy assistant administrator in the DEA’s office of diversion control, said at a FDA advisory meeting in Silver Springs, Md. “There’s so many prescriptions out there and I’ll tell you why. The medical community, in my humble opinion, is not taking this drug seriously.”

The FDA is debating the DEA’s request to reduce how long doctors can prescribe hydrocodone pills.

The request also would bar physicians assistants and nurse practitioners from prescribing pain killers, Bloomberg reported.

Border Patrol: Teenager Busted with about $500,000 worth of Meth

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

What is a teenager doing with nearly $500,000 in meth?

That’s what the Border Patrol agents want to know after a service dog sniffed out contraband in his sedan at the Pine Valley-area checkpoint in southern California, San Diego 6 reports.

Agents said they found 23 packages of meth that have an estimated street value of $498,000, San Diego 6 wrote.

The drugs were found under the front fenders of the Mexican citizen’s car.

The teen was behind bars in San Diego as late as Thursday evening.

ATF Dog is Mauled by Pit Bull During Warrant Search

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF agents shot a pit bull Thursday for attacking their service dog while delivering a state warrant in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Agents were searching a property near Tucson area for firearms and drugs when the pit bull attacked, the Star wrote.

The service dog, Bora, was mauled by the pit bull.

Bora was taken to a veterinary clinic for the wounds.

Agents said they were forced to shoot to save Bora’s life, the Star reported.

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FBI: Four Detroit-Area Police Charged in Public Corruption Scandal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT –– Four Detroit-area police officers are facing federal charges of public corruption following an FBI probe.

Details of the charges, which were unclear this morning, will be available today when the federal complaints are unsealed.

The FBI declined to comment on the Highland Park Police Department case, other than to say the case involves corruption. Highland Park is incorporated city within the city limits of Detroit.

It’s just the latest federal probe that has swept up metro Detroit public officials in recent years. Others include Detroit, Ecorse, Pontiac, Ecorse, Royal Oak Township, Wayne County and the Detroit Public School.

Check back for updates.

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