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DEA’s Will Glaspy No Stranger to Drug Battle Along Border

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Will Glaspy, who recently took charge of the DEA’s Houston office, is no stranger to the drug battle.

Glaspy has spent more than decade battling drug traffickers along the Texas border, reports Click2Houston.com. He tells the station the Mexican cartels still have a strong presence in the Texas region.

Below is an interview with the station.

FBI’s Robert Lasky Heading to Miami; Paul Delacourt Going to LA

Robert Lasky

Robert Lasky

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert F. Lasky has been named head of the FBI’s Miami Division, replacing George Piro, who is going to headquarters. He most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Mobile Division.

Lasky entered on duty with the FBI in 1998, and was first assigned to the San Francisco Division, where he investigated public corruption and drug matters relating to Mexican Organized crime. In 2000, he transferred to the U.S. Virgin Islands to investigate international criminal enterprises and public corruption before transferring to the Springfield Division.

Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, the Birmingham Division’s Gadsden Resident Agency, the Salt Lake City Division’s Helena Resident Agency and as special assistant to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray also announced the appointment of Paul D. Delacourt as the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Paul D. Delacourt

Paul D. Delacourt

Delacourt moves from the Honolulu Division where he was special agent in charged.

Delacourt entered the the FBI in 1995 where he was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked gang and drug investigations and was a member of the SWAT team. Following 9/11, he transferred to the Counterterrorism Division, working on a temporary assignment to the Guantanamo Bay Task Force at FBI headquarters. He was also deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Throughout his career, Delacourt has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, in the Atlanta Division, as the FBI deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, in the Honolulu Division, and in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

 

 

FBI’s George Piro, Chief Interrogator of Saddam Hussein, Named AD of International Operations

FBI Agent George Piro interviewed on 60 Minutes in 2008

FBI Agent George Piro interviewed on 60 Minutes in 2008

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

George Piro, the Beirut-born Assyrian-American  FBI agent who was the team leaders and lead interrogator of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, has been named assistant director of the International Operations Division at FBI headquarters. His most recent assignment was head of the Miami field office.

Piro joined the FBI in 1999, and was first assigned to the Phoenix Division, where he worked international terrorism cases.

During his FBI career,  Mr. Piro has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, the Washington Field Office and as a member of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group.

Trump Picks Top White House Aide to run Homeland Security

Kirstjen Nielsen, via Twitter

Kirstjen Nielsen, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The White House announced Wednesday that President Trump plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Nielsen, 45, a cyber security expert with an extensive background in homeland security, has a close working relationship with Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly. When Kelly served as Homeland Security secretary until recently, Nielsen was his top aide. When Kelly moved to the White House in July, Nielsen joined him as his principal deputy chief of staff.

Nielsen worked on homeland security issues during stings with the TSA and on the White House Homeland Security Council under George W. Bush.

Also considered for the job was House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas.

DOJ Names Robert Patterson Acting Director of DEA

Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Justice has named Robert W. Patterson the new acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  He replaces acting Director Chuck Rosenberg, who stepped down.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016, serving as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative and regulatory activities worldwide, a press release said. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector, beginning in November 2015.

Before that, Patterson served in a variety positions in the DEA, including assistant special agent in charge, and later acting special agent in charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools in support of field operations.

Acting DEA Administrator to Step Down at End of Month

DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the DEA, plans to resign at the end of the month.

A holdover from President Obama’s administration, Rosenberg told his staff in an email that he was proud to have run a “remarkable agency,” the Washington Post reports. 

“The neighborhoods in which we live are better for your commitment to the rule of law, dedication to the cause of justice, and perseverance in the face of adversity,” he wrote. “You will continue to do great things. I will continue to root for you, now from the sidelines.”

Rosenberg, who has been the acting administrator of the DEA since 2015, didn’t shy away from criticizing the White House and Justice Department.

In July, for example, Rosenberg criticized Trump’s comments that suggested law enforcement should handle criminal suspects roughly.

“We have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong,’’ he wrote in the email.

It’s not yet clear who will replace Rosenberg, who also served as a U.S. attorney and senior counselor to then-FBI Director James Comey.

Former Football Star Charles Tillman Training to Become FBI Agent

Former football star Charles Tillman

Former football star Charles Tillman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman wants to become an FBI agents and recently began training to join the bureau, the Chicago Tribune reports

Tillman, 36, retired from football last year after being a member of the 15-1 Panthers team that made it to the Super Bowl in 2015.

FBI guidelines require prospective candidates to be between the ages of 23 and 37. Tillman turns 37 on Feb. 23.

Before the Bears drafted the cornerback in 2003, Tillman received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Departing DEA Leader in El Paso Warns of Cartels Smuggling Heroin, Meth to U.S.

Getting HighBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the leader of the DEA in El Paso prepares to leave his job for a promotion to lead the Houston Division, he warned that the Mexican cartels are continuing to expand their heroin and meth trafficking business. 

“Every day we try to answer the prayers of those parents who are praying that drugs, violence and crime will pass over their children,” Will R. Glaspy said in an interview last week with El Paso Times

Glaspy, who served more than three years as the special agent in charge of the DEA’s El Paso Division, is scheduled to start working in Houston on Sept. 18.

Glaspy said drug cartels are turning away from marijuana in favor of meth and heroin.

The El Paso Times wrote:

During his time in El Paso, Glaspy said that his agents handled cases such as the arrests of Sinaloa-cartel affiliated drug traffickers in El Paso, Albuquerque meth traffickers and “Operation Crystal Mountain,” which targeted meth dealers on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

The No. 1 priority in the El Paso region is fighting Mexican drug cartels, with the No. 2 priority being “community impact cases” that target local drug-dealing groups, Glaspy said.

DEA agents deal more with border drug-trafficking issues in El Paso, Las Cruces and Alpine, which covers the vast Big Bend area.

“Basically, what we are trying to do is target command-and-control of the Mexican organizations sending the drugs up here,” Glaspy said.