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Ex-Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 13+ Years for Smuggling Cocaine

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he tried to smuggle cocaine in Arizona.

Juan Pimentel, of Rio Rico, was arrested in November 2015 after authorities say he thought he was smuggling 110 pounds of cocaine, the Associated Press reports. He actually was unwittingly part of a sting operation and was carrying a white powder.

Pimentel, who also pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe by a public official, took cash in exchange for looking up a license plate from a database used only by law enforcement.

Pimentel served as an agent in Arizona since 2001 before resigning after his arrest.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty to Trying to Arrange Sex with 2 Girls

Santiago Contreras/police photo

Santiago Contreras, police photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent accused of trying to arrange sexual encounters with two girls pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Salvador Contreras faces up to life in prison on charges of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, the Associated Press reports. 

The 50-year-old resigned from his position as a senior Border Patrol agent in Del Rio following his arrest in December.

Authorities said Contreras was busted in an online sting in which an undercover officer posed as a woman who had two daughters, ages 8 and 14, available for sex.

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Ex-Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty to Online, Sexual Relationships with Minors

Former Secret Service Agent Lee Robert Moore.

Former Secret Service Agent Lee Robert Moore.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent accused of exchanging sexually explicit photos with minors pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Lee Robert Moore, a 38-year-old Maryland resident who once was assigned to the White House, pleaded guilty to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor, the Miami Herald reports.

When Moore was arrested on Nov. 9, 2015, he was working in the Secret Service-Uniformed Division and assigned to the White House.

Prosecutors said Moore began a two-month online relationship with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. The girl turned out to be Delaware State Police detectives.

Moore also admitted to having similar relationships with minors in Florida, Missouri and Texas.

The Secret Service fired Moore.

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FBI Agent Who Shot at Police in Michigan Has Been Terminated

Ruben Hernandez

Ruben Hernandez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who shot at a police sergeant in Michigan in December has been terminated, the bureau said in a statement Tuesday.

Ruben Hernandez, 35, is accused of firing three shots at a sergeant outside of a Planet Fitness in Grand Rapids.

Hernandez, who is a Las Vegas-based agent, was in Michigan conducting an investigation when the shooting occurred.

On Friday, he pleaded no contest to felonious assault.

“We hold our employees to the highest standards of professional conduct. Mr. Hernandez has been terminated from his position,” the FBI said in a statement.

Hernandez’s lawyer indicated that his client was likely paranoid after consuming too much alcohol.

Ex-Customs And Border Protection Officer Charged in Shooting, Wearing Body Armor

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Customs and Border Protection officer was arrested after allegedly wearing body armor from his federal job while shooting a 34-year-old suburban Detroit man in the hand on Feb. 20.

Vincent Schroeder, 32, has been charged with discharging a firearm in a building, assault with intent to do great bodily harm assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor in commission of a violent crime, felony firearm and possession of ecstasy, the News Herald reports. 

Schroeder was lodged in the Wayne County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

Schroeder was arrested after neighbors called 911 to report gunshots and a man yelling for help.

The 34-year-old victim fled to a nearby gas station and was taken to Detroit Receiving hospital for treatment.

Police found Schroeder with a gun and wearing body armor.

Ex-DEA Agent Who Lied About Strip Club Ties Was Spared Prison Time

dea_color_logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former DEA agent who was convicted last year of lying about operating a New Jersey strip club was spared jail time on Wednesday and given probation.

David Polos, an ex-assistant special agent-in-charge with the DEA, lied about his stake in the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge strip club in South Hackensack, New Jersey during a national security background check.

Sentencing guidelines called for Polos, 52, to be sentenced up to six months in prison, Reuters reports

“I stand before you today as a disgraced husband, an outcast in my own profession, and ashamed to be in my own skin,” Polos told District Judge Paul Gardephe in court.

Reuters wrote:

Polos, of West Nyack, New York, was found guilty in June along with Glen Glover, a former DEA telecommunications specialist, on conspiracy and false statement charges in connection with the club, where prosecutors said they were part-owners and worked.

Jurors also convicted Polos for lying about having a relationship with any foreign nationals for not disclosing he was having an extramarital affair with a Brazilian dancer who prosecutors said entered the United States illegally.

Prosecutors said that during background checks in 2011 used to spot any outside employment that could put them near criminal activity or create risks of being blackmailed, Polos and Glover failed to disclose that they were running the club.

The club featured scantily clad and sometimes topless female dancers, including some who engaged in sexual acts with patrons and staff, and many who are illegal, undocumented immigrants, prosecutors have said.

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Justice Department Defends Trump’s Travel Restrictions in Appeals Court

Protest at Wayne State University in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Protest at Wayne State University in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is defending President Trump’s travel restrictions, saying the executive order was a “lawful exercise of the president’s authority” and did not amount to a ban on Muslims.

The Justice Department filed a 15-page brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is taking up the case today to determine whether a federal judge in Seattle made the right decision to lift the travel restrictions nationwide.

The federal judge said Trum’s executive order violates the constituent’s guarantee of due process and discriminates on the basis of religion.

“But even if some relief were appropriate, the court’s sweeping nationwide injunction is vastly overbroad,” the Justice Department argued in the brief.

Trump made an unprecedented attack on the independent judiciary, saying the Seattle judge was putting Americans in danger.

“If something happens blame him and court system,” Trump tweeted.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also is expected to determine whether the Seattle judge had the authority to lift the ban nationwide.

Former Secretaries of State, Tech Companies Oppose Trump’s Travel Ban

Protest at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Protest at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s immigration order, which was halted by a federal judge, has come under fire by two former secretaries of state and nearly 100 Silicon Valley tech companies that say they are losing some of the brightest minds.

The federal court’s halt on the immigration order is expected to be taken up today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the Washington Post reports. 

Now Homeland Security must determine “check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY,” Trump tweeted.

How that will happen has not been publicly discussed by Homeland Security, which did not return calls to the Post.

“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril,” Trump wrote. “If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!”

Trump came under fire for attacking the independent judiciary.

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