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Archive for October 3rd, 2013

FBI Busts Alleged Mastermind Behind Underground Marketplace for Drugs Online

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators have struggled for two years to stop an online, underground marketplace from selling more than $1 billion in cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and other illicit drugs in exchange for a virtual currency called Bitcoin, The Verge reports.

But now it appears the FBI has snagged the mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, who is being charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

The site, called Silk Road, was only accessible through a special network.

According to The Verge, law enforcement bought more than 100 packages of drugs and had them sampled.

“Samples of these purchases have been laboratory-tested, and have typically shown high purity levels of the drug the item was advertised to be on Silk Road, FBI Agent Christopher Tarbell told The Verge.

ATF Sniper Recalls News Coverage of Deadly Waco Raid in Texas Two Decades LAter

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One of the first snipers on the scene at the deadly Waco clash in Texas was Wendel Frost, an ATF agent at the time.

Now that he’s retired, Frost, who now lives in Cleveland, can speak openly about the controversial raid in 1993.

Frost said he was frustrated with new coverage that suggested law enforcement went after the Branch Davidian group of its beliefs, the Cleveland Daily Banner wrote.

The truth was, Frost said, the group’s leader, David Koresh, was abusing children and women.

“The thing that actually made us do the high-risk entry was the children,” he told the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club.

Homeland Security Surveillance at Football Game Draws Ire from Phoenix Councilman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio was enjoying the atmosphere outside of an Arizona State University football game when he saw a disturbing image – a truck mounted with a camera.

ABC 15 News reports that the vehicle was part of a multi-jurisdictional operation with the Phoenix Police Department’s Homeland Security Team.

On his Facebook page, DiCiccio posted, “Everyone wants to be safe, but having a video of people doing normal things is out of line.”

Mayor Greg Stanton disagrees.

“Sadly this is the reality in which we deal with. No one thought there would be a tragedy at the Boston Marathon, tragically there was,” Stanton told ABC 15 News.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Suspends Classes, Education

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An enormous law enforcement center in southeast Georgia has suspended classes and sent a vast majority of its employees home because of the government shutdown, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, which is so large that it has its own ZIP code, is mostly quiet.

The building in Glynco, GA., has 18 firearms ranges and holds armed drills.

Of the more than 1,000 employees who work there, about 45 were not furloughed.

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