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Cat Hair, Cigarettes Lead FBI to Woman Accused of Sending Bomb to Obama

Cat photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cat hair and a pack of cigarettes helped lead the FBI to a woman accused of sending a bomb to President Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Social Security Administration near Baltimore.

Julia Poff, who is accused of sending the improvised explosive devices, was captured after the FBI found several unusual clues, RT.com reports.

“Cat hair was found under the address label,” the indictment reads. “The cat hair on the Obama package was microscopically consistent with the hair of one of Poff’s cats.”

The FBI also found remains of a cigarette box used to make one of the bomb, and on the pack was a sticker that identified the store where the tobacco was purchased. Bank statements show Poff bought cigarettes at the same store.

Poff is being held pending trial and could be sentenced to life in prison or death.

ATF Misplaced 420M Cigarettes, Misuses $162M in Profits

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Bad news continues to follow ATF.

This time, the federal agency lost 420 million cigarettes, misused $162 million in profits from stings and conducted dozens of unauthorized investigations of illegal tobacco sales, the inspector general said, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators were unable to locate 2.1 million cartons because of shoddy documentation and poor oversight over the span of 20 tobacco stings, according to the AP.

The audit also found that the ATF gave a confidential informant $4.9 million from the sale of $15 million in cigarettes.

“ATF’s guidance regarding churning investigations lacked breadth and specificity, and managers at ATF headquarters as well as managers and special agents at ATF field offices often disregarded it,” Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz wrote in the 53-page audit.

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FBI: Prison Supervisor Jailed After Having Sex with Inmates for Cigarettes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An Arizona prison supervisor was arrested this week on charges that he had sex with two male inmates who were given cigarettes in exchange, according to Smoking Gun.

An FBI surveillance camera caught Carl David Evans in a menage a trios with two inmates in a storage closet.

The camera was set up after prison authorities suspected Evans of having sex with an inmate in exchange for tobacco, according to Smoking Gun.

The recording found Evans having sex with two inmates he supervised, the Smoking Gun reported.

Authorities Mistakenly Arrest Arab-American Leader

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — There’s different kinds of Ooops. There’s the recent one when presidential candidate Rick Perry had a senior moment during the debates. Then there’s the ones where authorities arrest the wrong guy.

This one involved the wrong guy.

The Detroit Free Press reports that police, acting on an FBI arrest warrant, mistakenly arrested an Arab-American leader in Dearborn Friday night in connection with a cigarette smuggling probe and supporting Hezbollah.

Ali Hammoud, president of the Bint Jebail Cultural Center, was released on Saturday after the FBI questioned him and figured out they had the wrong guy, the Free Press reported.

Detroit FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold told the Free Press: “The individual fit the description/identifiers of an active warrant. It was later determined it was not the correct individual, and he was released.”

 

ATF, ICE, Local Police Bust $20M Tobacco Op

Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Got a smoke?

The ATF closed a three-year joint investigation by the US Attorney’s office for the Western District of Virginia and District of South Carolina, the ATF, the IRS, ICE and the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department with multiple arrests in a scheme to move and tobacco illegally between Virginia and South Carolina, reports WYFF.

Indictments indicate that those involved acquired cigarettes in the western district of Virginia and brought them into South Carolina, where they were sold. Investigators told WYFF conspirators paid undercover officers about $20 million for untaxed cigarettes.

To read more, including the names and charges of the indicted, click here.

 

ATF Agent Gets 3 Years and 1 Month for Theft of Guns and Cigarettes

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

You’d think Clifford Dean Posey, an ATF agent, would have known of the old adage: Crime doesn’t pay. Apparently not.

Posey, 43, of Chesapeake, Va., was sentenced Friday in Richmond, Va., to three years and one month in prison for stealing guns and cigarettes from ATF and selling them. The crimes began in 2007, authorities said.

He pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud, embezzlement, possessing or receiving stolen firearms, making a false statement and money laundering.

“When he became an ATF agent, Clifford Posey took an oath to uphold the law,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said in a statement. “Mr. Posey selfishly violated his oath and used his law enforcement power for personal gain. The law became an instrument of his greed, rather than a shield for those he was sworn to protect.”

 

Fed Judge Reduces Convicted Terrorist’s Sentence by More than 100 Years

Mohamad Hammoud/mecklenburg co. sheriff’s photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

They say federal judges have plenty powers, and in fact, they can make a century or more disappear with the snap of a finger.

That’s just what happened Thursday when U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen in Charlotte, N.C. reduced the 155 year sentence of Hezbollah supporter Mohamad Hammoud to 30 years in prison, the Associated Press reported.

“The crime represented here was not as serious as other terrorism cases,” Mullen said, according to AP.

Hammoud, 37, a North Carolina businessman, was convicted in 2002 of financing suspected Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon with profits from a multimillion-dollar cigarette-smuggling operation he ran with his brother. Prosecutors at the time accused him of being the leader of a terrorist cell.

AP reported that Hammoud, from Lebanon, will likely spend 20 more years in prison and then be deported.

His attorneys wanted the sentence reduced to the 10 years served, saying the money Hammoud raised was for a wing of Hezbollah that helps provide clean water and good housing to communities.

Va. ATF Agent Under Investigation for Allegedly Stealing Tens of Thousands of Dollars of ATF-Owned Cigarettes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are investigating allegations that an ATF agent in Virginia stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of ATF-owned cigarettes and sold them, according to the Daily Press newspaper.

The agent Clifford D. Posey, 43, who is part of the Norfolk, Va. ATF office, has not been charged, but the allegations are contained in a federal search warrant affidavit written by J. Brian Burnett, a special agent with the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s Office, the paper reported. The ATF-owned cigarettes are used as bait in stings.

The affidavit alleges that Posey of Chesapeake,Va., stole the cigarettes, moved them to a rented storage unit in Virginia Beach where he distributed the goods for money, the paper reported.

“Posey has … used his position as an ATF Special Agent to facilitate the embezzlement of property belonging to the United States,” the affidavit said. ATF said Posey has been suspended without pay since December, the paper reported.

The paper said Posey declined Tuesday to discuss the case.

To read more click here.

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