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Archive for October 22nd, 2013

Top Drug Dealer on Silk Road Website Became Informant After He Was Busted

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the top drug dealers on the illicit website Silk Road became an informant after he was busted selling drugs, The Smoking Gun reports.

Steven Sadler, known as “Nod” on Silk Road, sold high-quality heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, feds say.

TSG reported that he was busted July 31 and “began cooperating, working for the government for the past two months.”

Prosecutors didn’t seek detention for Sadler after he was arrested.

The site’s alleged mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, has been charged.

New FBI Director Comey Warns of Impact of Impending Budget Cuts

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Speaking for the first time publicly about the budget challenges, new FBI Director James Comey said it will become increasingly difficult to fight crime because of the spending cuts, CBS Philly reports.

Congressional spending cuts may have catastrophic consequences for the FBI as it faces more pressure to fight violent crime and terrorism, Comey said during an International Chiefs of Police Conference.

“I’m required to cut 3,500 positions, to cut my operations to the bone, to do things like ration gas money and to stare at the prospect of sending my folks home for an extended period,” FBI Director James Comey said. He continued, “I don’t think folks understand the impact on the FBI, the other members of the justice family.”

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Detroit Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Detroit’s FBI division has a new leader.

Paul M. Abbate, who has a background in counterterrorism, will replace Robert Foley, who announced plans to step down in August after a year on the job. The appointment was first reported by ticklethewire.com and Deadline Detroit.

Fox 2 reports that Abbate most recently was a special agent heading up the Counterterrorism Division in the Washington Field Office, where he supervised the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Abbate’s career began in 1996. Since then, he’s worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, New York, Los Angeles and New Jersey, Fox 2 reported.

 

Was ‘Hero’ ATF Agent Too Cold After Shooting a Bronx Weapons Dealer?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent hailed as a hero for fatally shooting a Bronx weapons dealer is suing the federal agency because he was taken off full duty after the incident, the New York Post reports.

Adam Bruzzese, of Long Island, said his bosses at ATF were convinced something was wrong with him because they believed he didn’t show enough emotional reaction.

“Although Mr. Bruzzese appreciated the gravity of the on-the-job shooting, he did not experience any psychological, psychosomatic or emotional difficulties and he was willing and able to return to work immediately,” the suit states.

But a boss “questioned Mr. Bruzzese’s mental and emotional stability because Mr. Bruzzese did not seek further counseling, did not take time off from work and was supposedly not acknowledging the seriousness of the incident,” the suit says.

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Obama’s Choice for Homeland Security Director Defended Happy Meal Hoaxer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A disgraced scientist who fried a rat’s tail, placed it in his son’s french fries and tried then to extort McDonalds for $5 million was represented by Jeh Jonson, who is President Obama’s nominee for head of Homeland Security, the Daily Caller reports.

Despite Johnson’s representation, Michael Zanakis was convicted of the rat-tail fraud and another scheme involving Coca-Cola Classic.

Zanakis threatened McDonald’s in 1996 that he would go public about his son swallowing part of a rat tail unless the fast food giant gave him $5 million.

“He didn’t threaten to blow up a McDonald’s, he didn’t threaten to break anybody’s arm,” Johnson said at the time. “What he said he was going to do was put a spotlight on something McDonald’s wanted kept in the dark.”