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DEA Travels to China to Crack Down on Fentanyl That’s Added to Heroin

Fentanyl tablets

Fentanyl tablets

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fentanyl has been used as a powerful additive to heroin, and its use has been killing Americans.

Now the DEA is in China to help the government crack down on the manufacture of fentanyl, Chicago Sun Times reports.

While Mexico is the biggest heroin supplier, China is the leading supplier of fentanyl that is added to heroin to increase it strength, said Dennis Wichern, the special agent in charge of the DEA in Chicago and a five-state region.

“In the last three years we’ve seen an explosion of fentanyl,” Wichern said. “In Chicago, heroin- and fentanyl-related investigations have been priority No. 1.”

The DEA said the Chinese government is cooperating with U.S. drug agents.

“They recognize they have a problem with the synthetic drug explosion, as I call it,” Wichern said.

“The Chinese are all aboard. They’ve outlawed it. We’re working with them,” Wichern said. “We have agents on the ground every day in Beijing and Hong Kong working with the Chinese to stop this.”

Other Stories of Interest

Engineer Charged with Nuclear Espionage Claims FBI Tricked Him into an Interview

Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho

Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI says Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho is the first person in the U.S. to be charged with nuclear espionage involving China.

But the engineer’s attorney claims the FBI tricked him into an interview that may incriminate him, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. 

Ho was arrested in April at a hotel in Atlanta and changed with procuring American nuclear information for the Chinese government.

Ho, whose firm is Energy Technology International, was working to provide information in an alleged plot with Chinese General Nuclear Power.

“Ho repeatedly attempted to justify his situation, at which point agents reminded Ho he had preferred to speak with a lawyer and prohibited Ho from making incriminating statements,” an FBI report stated.

Former FBI Employee Pleads Guilty to Being an Agent of the Chinese Government

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI employee pleaded guilty to being an agent of the Chinese government, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Fun Shan Chun, 46, admitted he provided “sensitive” FBI information to a person connected to the Chinese government, CNN reports. 

The arrest was part of an undercover operation.

Chun is originally from China but became a naturalized U.S. citizen and employee of the FBI for 19 years.

Chun pleaded guilty to acting in the U.S. as an agent of China.

President Obama Praises Embattled Secret Service After Long Week

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was as long, exhausting week for the Secret Service.

The embattled agency was responsible for helping protect Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the U.S.

President Obama praised the agency for “flawlessly” doing its job, the Washington Post reports. 

“When something goes wrong, when there’s a fence jumper, everybody reports on it,” Obama said. “The Secret Service had to manage the Pope’s visit, President Xi’s visit, and a hundred something world leaders in an unprecedented fashion during the course of the last several days. And they did so flawlessly.”

Chinese Millionaire Connected to Clintons Arrested for Lying about $4.5M in Cash

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Chinese millionaire accused of providing foreign money in a campaign finance scandal during the Clinton administration has been arrested by the FBI, ABC reports. 

The FBI arrested Ng Lap Seng last weekend on charges that he lied about the reason he brought more than $4.5 million in cash to the U.S. over the past two years.

A criminal complaint alleges the prominent real estate developer made a series of trips to the U.S. with a large amount of cash.

The FBI said Ng falsely claimed the cash was for art, gambling or real estate.

The complaint in federal court mentions no current ties to the Clintons, but he was accused in a 1998 Senate report of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton administration.

FBI Investigates Ohio State University Professor Who Disappeared After NASA Work

Rongxing Li via NASA.

Rongxing Li via NASA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Professor Rongxing Li gained international attention for his role in helping NASA explore Mars.

But after a decade of help at Ohio State University, Li quit and disappeared. The university made no mention of his departure and removed information about him from the website.

Now, the Columbus Dispatch reports, the FBI is investigating whether Li shared defense secrets with China.

Li, who was the director of the mapping and geographic information system laboratory, “had access to Department of Defense technical information that was prohibited from sharing with the Chinese,” the Dispatch wrote, citing search warrants filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus.

The FBI, OSU and NASA declined to comment.

Former Top FBI Official Said His Computer Was Penetrated by Chinese Hacker

computer spies2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Chinese hacker is accused of penetrating the computer of a top former FBI lawyer, Newsweek reports. 

Marion “Spike” Bowman, who also leads an organization of retired American spies, said the hacking began with an innocuous-looking email.

“It was an email supposedly from a woman in China, and I exchanged correspondence with her a couple of times,” said Bowman, who was deputy general counsel to three FBI directors between 1995 and 2006. “She sent me a document that a friend of hers had supposedly written, in English, and wanted my opinion on it,” he told Newsweek.

“I never got around to replying, so I never heard from her again,” Bowman said.

After getting another message from China on his e-mail account at George Washington University, Bowman became suspicious and contacted the FBI.

A forensic examination of his computer “found a malware type that’s designed to find out what’s on my computer,” Bowman said.

China Aggressively Stealing Corporate Secrets, FBI Says

map china

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

China is on the loose.

The Daily Beast writes that American companies are getting their secrets stolen like never before, according to the FBI,  and China is to blame for almost all of it.

The website reports that the FBI reports a surge in cases of economic espionage in the past year.

China’s intelligence services are “as aggressive now as they’ve ever been,” said Assistant Director Randall Coleman, who runs the bureau’s counterintelligence division, the Daily Beast reports.

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