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Archive for May 5th, 2014

FBI, Other Law Enforcement Train for Active Shooter Exercise at Alabama Mall

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This is the kind of training you hope to never have to use.

Nearly 200 members of various law enforcement agencies converged on a mall in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday for an active shooter exercise, FOX 10 reports.

The scenario at Bel Air Mall was a shooter on a rampage after a terrorist attack occurred in another part of the country.

“That’s what’s so important about an event like this is that we bring everyone together so the tactical operators from the county, the city, the FBI, we all work together in this situation…evidence response teams…we all work together so we can understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” said Chris Hacker, FBI Assistant Agent in charge.

“We have a year-long relationship with law enforcement and it’s important to cooperate in their efforts as well as for them to cooperate with our efforts. Obviously we’re aware that we need to be available to them when they need a facility,” said Tim Nolan, Bel Air Mall manager.

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Young Woman Busted Trying to Pass Through Security with 81 Pounds of Marijuana

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are still scratching their heads after a young woman tried to pass through security with 81 pounds of marijuana.
KHON 2 reports that Anastasia Murdock, 26, was carrying about $100,000 worth of pot in vacuum sealed bags in her luggage at Oakland International Airport on Friday.

“Security says she may have gotten away with a small bit of weed, but 81 pounds is a bit much,” KHON 2 wrote.

The woman, who was flying to Jackson, Mississippi was taken into custody.

Border Patrol Cracks Down on Medical Marijuana in New Mexico Despite Leniency Elsewhere

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Medical marijuana cardholders in New Mexico are running into trouble in New Mexico courtesy of the Border Patrol.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that patients are afraid to travel in the state because of Border Patrol checkpoints and crackdowns of marijuana, which is still illegal nationally.

The crackdown comes as the Justice Department, under the recommendations of President Obama, grows more tolerant of state laws allowing medical pot.

CBP appears on be on an anti-marijuana mission, prompting calls from state and federal representatives to urge the agency to rethink its position on pot, the Journal reported.

“Their argument is that, at the federal level, marijuana is still illegal and that is correct,” state Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, wrote in a letter to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. “However, with states like Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana, most of the agencies of the federal government have changed their policies to reflect the reality.”

FBI Investigated Connection Between Football Legend Joe Montana, Chinatown Mobster and State Senator

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Football legend Joe Montana was a subject of an FBI investigation that snared state California state Sen. Leland Yee and previously convicted Chinatown mobster, “Shrimp Boy.”

CNN reports that FBI agents came up with nothing incriminating against the Hall of Fame quarterback.

“Nobody has said he did anything wrong,” said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Montana, who has been involved in development deals since his 1994 retirement from the NFL, was questioned about an unidentified business proposal during the Yee probe.

In the end, investigators could not tie him to anything legal, the sources told CNN.

Ukrainian Government Gets Help from FBI, CIA Over Security Concerns, Quelling Rebellion

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Ukrainian government appears to have enlisted the FBI and CIA to help end the rebellion in the capital city of Kiev, AFP reports.

The report indicates that CIA and FBI agents were helping establish an effective security structure after brutal battles between Ukranian soldiers and pro-Russian militants have claimed more than 50 lives in the east side of the country.

The agents, however, were not getting involved with fighting off pro-Russian militants.

“Their activity is limited to the capital Kiev,” AFP wrote, quoting a German newspaper.

The FBI agents also are assisting the government combat organized crime.