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FBI Informant Code-Named Mellow Was Anything But As he Helped Bust 24 Suspects

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Don’t let his code name with the FBI fool you.

Informant “Mellow,” as he’s code-named by the bureau, is anything but mellow.

MassLive.com reports that David Rodriguez, a former Latin Kings ember, helped target 24 suspected drug and gun dealers for the FBI in the less than a year in Massachusetts.

Rodriguez began working for the bureau after his third arrest for possessing crack cocaine in 2012.

He was paid $40,000 for his work, and his criminal case was dropped.

Rodriguez is the prosecutors’ star witness in a case against Luzander Montoya, who is accused of distributing heroin.

Armed Florida Man Climbs Gate, Demands to Speak to FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed 36-year-old Jacksonville man climbed over the fence at the FBI’s Jacksonville office and demanded to speak with agents about someone following him, News 4 Jax reports.

Avery McNight Jr. was quickly stopped by a security guard who also was armed and demanded the man drop his weapon. McNight followed directions and was arrested.

He is now charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, armed possession of crack cocaine, armed trespassing, and theft of a firearm.

Police said McNight never threatened the guard.

After police arrested McNight, he kicked his way out of a police car and was subdued again.

Man: DEA Supplied Me With Crack Cocaine in Exchange for Help in Undercover Drug Probe

Correction: The story originally said the FBI instead of the DEA.
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
The DEA  supplied a drug addict with crack cocaine in exchange for his help in an undercover drug investigation in Las Vegas, he claims in a lawsuit filed against the feds, the Associated Press reports.

Aaron Romero, 38, claims his previous crack addiction came roaring back after the DEA began giving him the drug to help in an investigation known as “Operation Smack City.”

Romero said he suffered emotional and physical harm.

“The United States government and the defendants affirmatively and intentionally established a pattern of distribution of crack cocaine to (Romero) in order to utilize his addiction to crack cocaine to further the investigation and to ‘stack drug related charges’ against him,” the lawsuit said, naming five DEA agents.

According to the lawsuit, the federal prosecutors dismissed drug charges against Romero in January in exchange for his participation.

The lawsuit claims the crack violated DEA policies.

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TSA Agent Arrested on Felony Charges of Manufacturing, Selling Drugs in South Florida

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent in South Florida has been arrested on felony charges of manufacturing and selling drugs from her home, South Florida 6 reports.

During a search of Latwana Daniels’ home, authorities said they found 111 grams of cocaine and 39 grams of marijuana. They also found scales and materials to make crack cocaine near her TSA uniforms, investigators said.

Also recovered was a loaded Beretta PX4 handgun, which investigators said wasn’t secured from her four children.

Neighbor Ismael Morales expressed shock.

“I come and see a lot of cops there,” Morales said. “Over here we never see something like that.”

Drug Bust in Upstate New York Charges Nine in Crack Network

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Nine people were in indicted on Friday in a suspected narcotics ring near Rochester, N.Y., ABC reports.

Between 2008 and 2012, authorities from local police precincts and the ATF say, the indicted used rental properties to distribute 280 grams of crack and five kilograms of cocaine. They also face weapons charges, according to ABC. At least one suspect is also linked to an additional shooting.

Cedric Lewis, Matthew Latson, Printice Latson, Robert Baxter, Earnst Baker, Keith Ruther, Lamar Nelson, and Leandro Jones are in custody, says ABC, but Eric Bradley is still not in custody.

To read more click here.

Atty. Gen. Holder Proposes Retroactive Breaks in Crack Cocaine Convictions

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.  on Wednesday  revisited a controversial subject Congress remedied last year by changing the disproportionate sentences between powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. Lawmakers stopped short of making the law retroactive.

Enter Holder.

Holder appeared before the U.S. Sentencing Commission and urged that the law be made retroactive. He did not advocate retroactivity for those whose crimes involved guns or who have long rap sheets.

The Los Angeles Times reported that thousands of federal prisoners could have an average of three years shaved off their prison terms under Holder’s proposal.

Congress last year changed the law , which critics say unfairly targeted African Americans. Under the 1986 law, a person selling crack got the same sentence as someone selling 100 times the amount of powdered cocaine. The ratio was changed to 18 to 1.

The LA Times reported that Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he was “disappointed by the Obama administration’s position” on early releases for drug offenders and might move for Congressional action if the U.S. Sentencing Commission makes the change.

“It shows they are more concerned with the well-being of criminals than with the safety of our communities.”

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) called it a “bad idea.”

“There is simply no just or logical reason why their punishments should be dramatically more severe than those of other cocaine offenders,” Holder testified.

“As a federal prosecutor and as Attorney General – and as a former judge, United States Attorney, and Deputy Attorney General – this issue is deeply personal to me,” Holder said.

“While serving on the bench, here in Washington, D.C., in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, I saw the devastating effects of illegal drugs on families, communities, and individual lives.

“I know what it is like to sentence young offenders to long prison terms, and I did so to protect the public from those who were serious threats and who had engaged in violence. However, throughout my tenure as this city’s U.S. Attorney, I also saw that our federal crack sentencing laws did not achieve that result.”

“Our drug laws were not perceived as fair and our law enforcement efforts suffered as a result. That is why it was a special privilege for me to stand with President Obama when he signed the Fair Sentencing Act into law. And that is why I feel compelled to be here in person today, to join my colleagues in calling for the retroactive application of the guideline amendment.”

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Washington Post Editorial: The Not-So Honorable Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

D.C.’s former Mayor Marion Barry, currently a city council member, has had his share of brushes with federal law enforcement. As you recall in 1990 he was busted in an FBI sting smoking crack in a D.C. hotel room. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file and pay taxes. His legal indiscretions go on and on. The Washington Post editorial talks about his latest indiscretion. The editorial sums it up best with the headline: “Marion Barry, Still Embarrassing D.C.” — Allan Lengel

The Not-So Honorable Marion Barry/gov photo


By The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — WHAT IS SO distressing about D.C. Council member Marion Barry’s latest escapade is not his belief that he can live outside the law. That’s old news. What’s distressing is that he seems to be correct in his assessment.

How else to explain the apparent indifference of police and other officials to the fact of Mr. Barry tooling around town in a car not properly registered? That Mr. Barry is allowed to continuously embarrass the people he was elected to serve erodes the city’s credibility and ability to manage itself.

The most recent instance of Mr. Barry (D-Ward 8) discrediting his office involves, as The Post’s Tim Craig disclosed, his use of a car that has “inactive” D.C. tags and that was not registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s against the law for anyone to operate a vehicle not properly registered, and violators face a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 30 days in jail.

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Dallas Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Shooting ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Dallas Man nicknamed “G-Bone” pleaded guilty Monday to shooting and wounding an ATF agent who had come to arrest him, authorities said.

Gary Montgomery,39, who now faces up to 20 years in prison, also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater in Dallas to distributing crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities said he is associated with the Highland Hill Posse street gang.

Court document indicate that on Sept. 2 at around 6 a.m. ATF agent tried to enter Montgomery’s Dallas home to execute an arrest warrant.

After a number of agents identified themselves by yelling “Police With a Search Warrant”, two of the ATF agents tried to enter through the front door, authorities said.

Montgomery responded by firing off shots from a 9 mm handgun through the front door. One agent was hit in the abdomen.

Robert R. Champion, head of the ATF in Dallas said “we are relieved and pleased that” the agent ” was able to recover from the shooting and was able to return to work.”