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Five Top Federal Law Enforcement Achievements in 2013

 
 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mob boss convicted: One of the nation’s most notorious mafia leaders, James “Whitey” Bulger, was sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 13 after a Boston federal jury found him guilty of racketeering, money laundering and extortion. Bulger was a violent, cold-blooded leader of the Boston Irish mob for decades. He had been on the run for 16 years.

Silk Road busted: In October, the FBI captured the elusive owner and operator of Silk Road – a website that sold drugs and other illegal items and services. The transactions were virtually untraceable because of a currency called bitcoins. The FBI seized $28 million worth of the bitcoins.

Bombs in Boston: A federal manhunt ended in the death of one suspect and the arrest of another in the Boston Marathon bombing in April. The suspects, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are accused of placing a bomb at the finish line of the marathon on April 15. The blast killed three and injured more than 260 others.

Motor City corruption: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering, extortion, bribery, fraud and tax charges in March. Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor were running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.

Exploited children saved: In a nationwide sweep targeting underage prostitution in July, 105 juveniles were rescued and more than 150 alleged pimps arrested. The FBI coordinated with local, state and federal officials over three days to nab suspects in 76 cities.

FBI’s David Bowdich Named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2013

David Bowdich

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism for the Los Angeles Division, has been named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2013.

Bowdich, who is considered a rising star in the bureau, has been an agent since 1995.

Bowdich earns the award for a variety of reasons. He’s well respected among the troops and has shown strong leadership and support for his agents. He’s also a hard worker.

He was at the forefront of the fatal shooting of a TSA officer at LAX Airport, and was a key person involved in the probe into four California men who were busted for plotting to attack Americans and U.S. military bases overseas.

While in San Diego earlier in his career, he led a yearlong wiretap investigation that resulted in the first federal racketeering convictions ever to be brought against street gang members in the Southern District of California. He also  been involved in the past in cracking down on kidnappings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

In 2011, he was  entrusted to  handle the transition of a new FBI Director when it was thought Robert S. Mueller III was going to step down after his 10 -year term. Mueller eventually got a two-year extension.

Bowdich was named to the SAC post in Los Angeles in 2012.

Bowdich becomes the sixth recipient of the award. Last year, it went to the FBI’s John Perren.

Previous recipients have included Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008), Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010) and Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011).

 

5 Top Federal Law Enforcement Achievements in 2013

 
 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mob boss convicted: One of the nation’s most notorious mafia leaders, James “Whitey” Bulger, was sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 13 after a Boston federal jury found him guilty of racketeering, money laundering and extortion. Bulger was a violent, cold-blooded leader of the Boston Irish mob for decades. He had been on the run for 16 years.

Silk Road busted: In October, the FBI captured the elusive owner and operator of Silk Road – a website that sold drugs and other illegal items and services. The transactions were virtually untraceable because of a currency called bitcoins. The FBI seized $28 million worth of the bitcoins.

Bombs in Boston: A federal manhunt ended in the death of one suspect and the arrest of another in the Boston Marathon bombing in April. The suspects, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are accused of placing a bomb at the finish line of the marathon on April 15. The blast killed three and injured more than 260 others.

Motor City corruption: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering, extortion, bribery, fraud and tax charges in March. Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor were running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.

Exploited children saved: In a nationwide sweep targeting underage prostitution in July, 105 juveniles were rescued and more than 150 alleged pimps arrested. The FBI coordinated with local, state and federal officials over three days to nab suspects in 76 cities.

Florida Man Impersonates Homeland Security Officer to Pull Over Tampa Police Officer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man was arrested for impersonating a Homeland Security officer after he pulled over a Tampa police officer in a traffic stop, ABC Action News reports.

Police said Jonathan Charles Stevens, 24, activated flashing red-and-blue emergency lights on his white Chevy Tahoe.

Stevens even called dispatch to report the pullover.

It didn’t take long for authorities to realize Stevens was not a federal officer, ABC Action News reported.

Murderer, Child Raper Tells Victims’ Families He’s Not a Monster

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sympathy isn’t easy to come by when you kill two women and rape children.

But sex offender Elias Acevedo tried to convince loved ones of the victims that he was not a bad person, the Associated Press reports.

“I’m not a monster. I feel a lot of remorse,” Acevedo said in a hushed courtroom Monday, wiping tears from his eyes. “I love you all, and God bless you.”

He was sentenced up to 445 years in prison.

The FBI reopened the case.

Father of Man Killed by FBI Agent Sends President Obama Picture of Son’s Bullet-Riddled Body

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Abdulbaki Todashev is agonized by the silence.

Since an FBI agent fatally shot his son, Ibragim Todashev, during an investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings in May, the agency has been virtually mum.

So, he thought, maybe photos of his son’s bullet-riddled body would prompt President Obama to seek answers.

The Boston Globe reports that Abdulbaki Todashev e-mailed the photos to the president and implored him to look into the death.

“I am not asking you to share my pain, but I am asking you, as the head of the great country, the guarantor of democracy in the modern world, to help the law and justice prevail,” Abdulbaki Todashev, the father of Ibragim Todashev, said in the letter he e-mailed to the White House this month.

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FBI Investigates Whether Man Jumped from Royal Carribean Cruise Ship

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Did he jump? Was it an accident?

The FBI is investigating how a 26-year-old man ended up overboard as a cruise ship sailed to Puerto Rico, UPI reports.

According to a Coast Guard statement, Tien Phuoc Nguyen intentionally jumped off the Royal Caribbean ship Adventure of the Seas on Saturday.

Nguyen was on the boat with family.

The ship turned around but Nguyen wasn’t found.