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Archive for May 8th, 2014

FBI Agent Arrested in Pakistan for Trying to Board Flight with Ammunition, Knife Likely to Be Released on Bail

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition and a knife onto a plane in Karachi may be released from jail today on $10,000 bail, the Washington Post reports this morning.

The agent has been identified as Joel Cox, who works in the Miami Field Office.

News of his possible release comes a day after Pakistani officials said he would be jailed until at least Saturday while awaiting anti-terrorism charges.

The tone in Pakistan has changed.

“The government can challenge the bail but since the offense is not serious enough they might not challenge it,” a police officer said.
Instead of facing anti-terrorism charges, as first reported, Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.
American officials confirmed that Cox was arrested after security found a knife and 15 9mm bullets in his luggage.

Border Patrol Flies Immigrants to El Paso Because of Influx Causing Long Delays And Bus Drives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So many immigrants crossed into South Texas illegally recently that Border Patrol flew many of them across the state for processing in El Paso Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

More than 100 detainees were flown from Brownsville in an effort to speed up processing following an average of 1,000 arrests a day in the Rio Grande Valley sector.

Immigrants were facing long wait times and often were forced to take hour-long bus rides to the Laredo and Del Rio for processing, the AP wrote.

“We’re utilizing all of the resources that we have available,” said Border Patrol spokesman Daniel Tirado. “We’re going to take advantage of that and farm out some of those detainees.”

Whether the flights become routine is unclear.

The goal of Border Patrol is to process immigrants and get the out of holding areas within 72 hours, Tirado said.

DEA-Led Crackdown on Synthetic Drugs Netted 150 Arrests Across 29 States

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA carried out a nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs early Wednesday, netting 150 arrests and at least $20 million in cash and assets, Time reports.

This is the second phase of an operation dubbed “Project Synergy,” which began in December 2012 and went after products marketed as “spice,” “bath salts,” and “molly.” Those drugs are dangerous because they’re often laced with illegal chemicals that cause dangerous symptoms and health problems.

The operation focused on 29 states and included roads of hundreds of warehouses, smoke shops and houses.

“Many who manufacture, distribute and sell these dangerous synthetic drugs found out first hand today that DEA will target, find and prosecute those who have committed these crimes,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Did FBI Agents Violate Rights of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect During Aggressive Interrogation?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s interrogation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev violated his rights while he he lay in pain in a hospital bed immediately following his arrest, his defense lawyers argued in court documents Wednesday.

The Chicago Tribune reports that FBI agents ignored Tsarnaev’s 10 requests for a lawyer even though authorities determined further dangers to the public did not exist.

“The questioning continued for hours, in what was obviously an effort to extract as much incriminating information as possible, without regard for the protections of the Fifth Amendment,” his lawyers wrote in the 21-page filing.

Lawyers are asking for the hospital statements to be suppressed because he was heavily sedated and in a lot of pain during the interviews.

Tsarnaev, 20, is charged with killing three people and wounding more than 260 others with his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed during a manhunt for the duo.

Congressman Grimm, a former FBI Agent, Barred from Entering Bureau’s Field Offices

Rep. Michael Grimm

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who used to serve as an FBI agent, has been banned from the bureau’s New York field offices, DNAinfo New York reports.

Just in case Grimm shows up, security posted Grimm’s photo at the offices in Lower Manhattan and Queens.

“He is not welcome,” a former top FBI official said.

Another source added: “He is not permitted in our space.”

Grimm, who has denied any wrongdoing, was charged last week in a 20-count federal indictment accusing him of  cheating on his taxes and sheltering $1 million in revenue from a New York City restaurant that he had owned, called “Healthalicious.”

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