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Archive for February 5th, 2014

ATF Operation Veers into Human Trafficking and Naked Detective’s Massage


By Les Zaitz
The Oregonian

PORTLAND, Ore. — A police operation meant to protect girls working for a pimp ended with an 18-year-old woman partially stripped, talking sex while massaging a naked police detective in a hotel room.

The 2011 episode in a Vancouver, Wash., hotel was an odd conclusion to a long undercover operation run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency for months bought guns and drugs through a phony store in Gresham.

Prostitution wasn’t a target of “Operation Kraken” because ATF doesn’t investigate human trafficking. But federal agents opened the case even as they shut down the eight-month undercover operation.

To read the full story click here. 

Four People Arrested, Questioned Over Possible Connection to Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities may be closer to finding the source of the heroin that is believed to have killed 46-year-old actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The USA Today reports that authorities arrested four people in Manhattan on Tuesday evening and were questioning them over possible connections to the actor’s death Sunday.

The suspects were found with 350 bags of heroin, police said.

Hoffman was found dead in his apartment with a syringe in his arm.

FBI Rescues 16 Juveniles, More Than 50 Adults Forced into Prostitution for Super Bowl

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents rescued 16 juveniles who were forced into prostitution for the Super Bowl in the New York City area, the Associated Press reports.

The children, who ranged in age from 13 to 17, were found in Newark, New York City and New Haven. 

At least one of the victims had spent two years with her pimp, the AP wrote.

Agents also rescued more than 50 adult women who also were forced into prostitution.

Big events like the Super Bowl are lucrative for people involved in the sex trade, the AP reported.

FBI Helps Investigate Tutor Accused of Teaching Students to Change Grades

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Private tutor Timothy Lance Lai sure knew how to boost students’ grades.

Police says he’s the mastermind behind a cheating scandal at a Newport Beach high school where 11 students have been expelled for changing their grades by hacking into the district computer system, the L.A. Times reports.

Now local police want the FBI’s help investigating the 28-year-old tutor, who has not yet been located.

Electronic evidence has been turned over to agents in Orange County, the L.A. Times wrote.

 

NSA’s Widespread Surveillance Even Includes Members of Congress, Their Staff Members

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not even members of Congress are immune to the NSA’s wide surveillance reach.

During a House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole admitted that the NSA “probably” collects phone records of lawmakers and their staff, the National Journal reports.

But Justice Department official said the information isn’t used without a reason to search.

“We’re not allowed to look at any of those, however, unless we have reasonable, articulable suspicion that those numbers are related to a known terrorist threat,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said.

Details Emerge in Death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Whose Attack Revealed ‘Fast & Furious’ Controversy

Brian Terry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Details of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near the Arizona-Mexico border in 2010 were largely unknown – until now.

The Associated Press reports that armed men had sneaked into the U.S. to rob marijuana smugglers when the attack happened, according to an account given by prosecutors.

Watching the men from atop a small hill using night-vision gear, agents waited until the men got closer before yelling “police” in Spanish. The gunman opened fire, killing Terry.

“I’m hit,” Terry said, adding he couldn’t feel his legs.

Terry’s death revealed the government’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation.

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Marijuana Use Among American Teens on the Rise

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

The use of marijuana by American teens continues to increase. Unlike use of other drugs and alcohol, which are either decreasing or remaining stable, the use by 8th and 10th graders went up 1.3 and 1.8 % in 2013, according to the Monitoring the Future study conducted by the University of Michigan of 40,000 to 50,000 teen agers in 389 private and public secondary schools.

Even more important than this result is the sharp decline among teens in the perception that marijuana use is risky. During the preceding eight years the percentage of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders who see great risk from regular pot use has gone down from 74 to 61%, 66 to 47%, and 58 to 40%, respectively.

Another significant finding is that, during the years 2012 and 2013 in states where medical marijuana is legal, one-third of the 12th grade users say that one of their sources is another person’s medical marijuana prescription.

The most encouraging result of the study is that the use of “synthetic” marijuana is decreasing significantly, and the use of bath salts remains stable at a relatively low level. Moreover, teens increasingly report that the risk of these synthetics is great. This result seems to credit the work of DEA, local law enforcement and other sources to publicize the significant dangers of these drugs, as well as the speedy scheduling and aggressive enforcement activity.

Drug use in decline among teens include: narcotics (other than heroin), OxyContin, Vicodin, and most hallucinogens. Alcohol use is also down, the lowest in over two decades. Drugs that are essentially stable in use include: heroin, LSD, amphetamines, Adderall, methamphetamine, Ketamines and steroids.

The study was funded by research grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. It was conducted by research professors at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. 2013 was the 39th year that the study has been conducted. The results will be published in a volume of Monitoring the Future National Results on Adolescent Drug Use later this year.

 

Parker: Marijuana Use Up among American Teens on the Rise

Ross Parker

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

The use of marijuana by American teens continues to increase. Unlike use of other drugs and alcohol, which are either decreasing or remaining stable, the use by 8th and 10th graders went up 1.3 and 1.8 % in 2013, according to the Monitoring the Future study conducted by the University of Michigan of 40,000 to 50,000 teen agers in 389 private and public secondary schools.

Even more important than this result is the sharp decline among teens in the perception that marijuana use is risky. During the preceding eight years the percentage of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders who see great risk from regular pot use has gone down from 74 to 61%, 66 to 47%, and 58 to 40%, respectively.

Another significant finding is that, during the years 2012 and 2013 in states where medical marijuana is legal, one-third of the 12th grade users say that one of their sources is another person’s medical marijuana prescription.

The most encouraging result of the study is that the use of “synthetic” marijuana is decreasing significantly, and the use of bath salts remains stable at a relatively low level. Moreover, teens increasingly report that the risk of these synthetics is great. This result seems to credit the work of DEA, local law enforcement and other sources to publicize the significant dangers of these drugs, as well as the speedy scheduling and aggressive enforcement activity.

Drug use in decline among teens include: narcotics (other than heroin), OxyContin, Vicodin, and most hallucinogens. Alcohol use is also down, the lowest in over two decades. Drugs that are essentially stable in use include: heroin, LSD, amphetamines, Adderall, methamphetamine, Ketamines and steroids.

The study was funded by research grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. It was conducted by research professors at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. 2013 was the 39th year that the study has been conducted. The results will be published in a volume of Monitoring the Future National Results on Adolescent Drug Use later this year.