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Archive for April 4th, 2014

Weekend Series on Crime: Canada’s Ruthless Gangs

Congressional Leaders Call on FBI, Others to Investigate 5-Year-Old Peace Corps Murder in Africa

Kate Puzey (left), photo from KatesVoice.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators haven’t made much headway in the brutal murder of a Peace Corps volunteer after she claimed a local Peace Corps employee was sexually assaulting girls where she worked in the West African country of Benin five years ago, WPRO.com reports.

On Thursday, 184 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle signed a letter urging the federal government, including the FBI, to “make every effort to devote every resource to achieve justice for Kate Puzey.”

The 24-year-old Georgia resident was murdered on March 12, 2009.

“It continues the visibility of the case in the eyes of the people that need not to lose sight of the tragedy,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA, a co-author of the letter and advocate for the Puzey family.

The letter was addressed to the FBI, Department of State and Inspector General of the Peace Corps.

 

FBI, Other Law Enforcement Prepare for Mall Attack During Drill in Sacramento

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The hope is they’ll never have to use their training.

But in a country where the once unthinkable is happening, local and federal law enforcement can’t take any chances.

The Sacramento Bee reports that local and federal law enforcement conducted a training drill at the Westfield Roseville Galleria to prepare for the possibility of a mall attack.

The drill was part of a nationwide “Complex Mall Attack” initiative designed to promote preparedness.

The idea is to ensure “we are all prepared for the unlikely event of an attack at the Roseville Galleria,” said sMonica M. Miller, special agent in charge of the Sacramento FBI.

DOJ Finds ‘Strained’ Relationship Between FBI, Organized Crime Drug Task Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents were retaliated against for voicing concerns over operations at the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Fusion Center, a DOJ inspector general concluded.

AllGov.com reports that OCDETF’s leadership also wasn’t cooperative.

The report described the relationship between the FBI agents in the task force and the center’s leaders as “strained.”

In some cases, according to the report, agents were retaliated against for expressing concerns about heavy workloads.

The center’s “management took actions that created difficulties for us in obtaining information from OFC [fusion center] employees and in ensuring that interview responses were candid and complete,” inspectors said.

DEA Worried About Fido Or Running Out of Reasons to Keep Marijuana Illegal?

DEA stock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Is the DEA running out of ideas to reverse the seismic shift in attitudes about marijuana?

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart told congressional members this week that pot can kill Fido, citing evidence that dogs have died after eating marijuana-infused food, the Huffington Post reports.

“There was just an article last week, and it was on pets. It was about the unanticipated or unexpected consequences of this, and how veterinarians now are seeing dogs come in, their pets come in, and being treated because they’ve been exposed to marijuana,” Leonhart said.

Leonart is referring to dogs that have eaten edibles and was referencing a USA Today story that said dogs could die while throwing up pot products, like butter. But Leonart didn’t mention that the article added that “marijuana itself isn’t particularly harmful to dogs,” and that dogs rarely eat marijuana by itself.

ATF Agents Accused of Impersonating Landlord to Turn On Electricity in Storefront Stings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Undercover ATF agents renting a storefront had their energy shut off by the landlord because they exceeded their monthly allotment.

The agents responded by getting the landlord’s account information and calling the electricity company pretending to be him, an internal investigation revealed, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Account statements were improperly taken and information contained in one of those statements was improperly used to impersonate the landlord in a telephone conversation with the electric power provider,” according to the report, prepared by the ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations.

The ATF investigation is part of a larger probe involving blundered storefront stings.

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Parker: Colombia Supreme Court Approves US Extradition of Accused Killers of DEA Special Agent Terry Watson

James Watson

 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

The Colombia Supreme Court ruled on April 3rd in favor of the US extradition request of all seven defendants charged with the murder of DEA Special Agent James “Terry” Watson in June 2013. Special Agent Watson’s career was the subject of a column last year.

Agent Watson was killed in what appeared to be a robbery attempt after he left a Bogota restaurant where he had met with friends to watch an NBA Championship game on television.

He had had an extraordinary career with DEA in which he sought out the most challenging and dangerous assignments, including three deployments in Afghanistan, as well as in Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Panama.

The case indicates the close working relationship which has developed between Colombian and US law enforcement in recent years. Previous US extradition requests involving the murder of three other DEA agents in Colombia have been problematic.

The Colombian Supreme Court will now forward its ruling to the Colombian Ministry of Justice and then to Colombian President Juan Manual Santos Calderon for a final decision on the extradition.