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Large Drug Bust in Colorado Targets Marijuana Grown for Out-of-State Sales

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA, along with local and state police, arrested 43 people as part of a major drug bust in Colorado that involves thousands of pounds of marijuana that was intended to be shipped outside of the state.

Authorities, who are calling “Operation Toker Poker” the state’s largest marijuana bust, said the suspects in the multi-state scheme were exploiting Colorado’s law that allows the sale of recreational marijuana, CBS4 in Denver reports. 

According to law enforcement, many of the suspects moved their marijuana grow operations to Colorado to pose as cannabis caregivers in order to launder more than $200,000 per month.

The marijuana was grown out of the suspects’ homes.

Nearly 20 suspects are still on the loose.

“When you think the Denver Police Department and the DEA are going after users, I can tell you, after 30 years of doing this, we don’t care about marijuana users, we never have and we never will,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge David A. Schiller. “We care about those coming into our state, taking advantage of the laws.”

Georgia Man Accused of Shooting ATF Agent Is Indicted by Grand Jury

Steven Maurice "Stevo" McKinley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Athens. Ga.  man accused of shooting an ATF agent last month was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury, Online Athens reports.

The suspect, 21-year-old Steven Maurice “Stevo” McKinley, is suspected of shooting the agent during a Sept. 30 undercover operation at the Airport Mini Mart.

While planning to purchase narcotics and firearms, McKinley was attacked by a second suspect, whom the agent shot and killed.

McKinley is charged with taking the agent’s gun and shooting him in the shoulder.

The agent survived, and McKinley is charged with one cough of attempting to kill a federal officer and discharge and use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence.

Other Stories of Interest

Detroit Industrial Building Busted for Housing Pot Growers

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Known in recent years for the young artists that have taken over abandoned parts of the hulking structure, Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center was raided at 10 a.m. on Friday as a part of a federal investigation into illegal marijuana production, the Detroit News reports.

Four people were arrested at the building after DEA agents executed search warrants at the large warehouse, which also houses printing, bindery, woodworking and graphics firms, according to the Detroit News.

“We need this; the city has lost control. The drug dealers control everything,” said Detroit resident James Turner, who works near the building.

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FBI: Cop Tipped Off Drug Dealers

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is alleging that  a Georgia cop tipped off drug dealers about an upcoming raid by the bureau, charges that the cop says are untrue, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Gabriel Hoskins III, the police officer, plead not guilty to the charges on Thursday, but was placed on supervised release with a $10,000 unsecured bond, according to the Journal-Constitution. The accusation claims Hoskins was looking up names and identifying information of suspected drug dealers in the FBI’s criminal database, then used the information to tip the drug dealers off.

“It’s very disturbing when law enforcement reveals to criminals that other law enforcement will be conducting a search warrant,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBurney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It endangers the officers doing the search warrant, and it makes it very likely that whatever evidence might have been in that apartment … like drugs, guns, ledgers … might be destroyed.”

Hoskins is said to have befriended a couple of drug dealers who lived in his apartment complex. He was a volunteer officer  for about a year, working just 16 hours a week.

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Former Ill. FBI Agent Lied About Missing Money, Gets 5 Months Behind Bars

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent was taken into custody Tuesday after being sentenced to five months in prison followed by five months home confinement for lying to investigators about losing money seized in a major drug bust.  Authorities suspect he actually stole the money.

Jerry Nau, from Peoria, Ill., pleaded guilty in August to lying to investigators and forging the signatures of fellow agents on evidence sheets to hide the missing money, reports the Chicago Tribune. A total of $43,643 went missing after the bust of drug dealer Adrain Robinson. Nau told investigators he panicked when he was unable to find the money before the trial and hoped it would “turn up” on its own, the Tribune reported.

A special prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Warden, was assigned to the case from the Indianapolis U.S. attorney’s office.

“Would you walk away and say, ‘I hope it comes back some day?'” Warden said, according to the Tribune. “No, you would start screaming at your colleagues and say … ‘Let’s go find (the money).

“What happened is he stole the money.”

In court, Nau read a statement, according to the Trib.

“I always taught my children to tell the truth,” he said. “I told everyone around me lies are what get you in trouble because once you told one, you need to tell another to cover yourself.”

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San Antonio Drug Bust Nets Cash, Cars Including Hot Pink Low Rider

 
By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The powerful Zetas drug cartel took another blow in San Antonio, Tex., says a report from local KENS5.com.

A DEA bust recovered high quality cocaine and millions of dollared allegedly linked to the Zetas,  the station reported. Authorities claimed the bust crippled a powerful drug operation in San Antonio . Five were charged with cocaine trafficking.

A 1968 red Impala and a hot-pink low-rider classic automobile were among four vintage “hot rides” seized in the bust, the station reported.

“We had a seizure of about $2 million and another seizure of $50,000,” said Mauricio Fernandez, DEA special agent. “We also seized about 5 kilos of high quality cocaine.”

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DEA, ICE and Ariz. Police Bust 70 Linked to Cartel That Provides 65% of Drugs to U.S.

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A major drug bust in Arizona targeted folks linked to a Mexican cartel believed to handle 65 percent of all drugs illegally transported to the United States, and resulted in the seizure of thousands of pounds of narcotics and at least 70 arrests, reports Reuters.

The raids, overseen by the DEA, Arizona state officials, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the contraband confiscated was “jaw-dropping.”

The operation included three raids conducted over 17 months and led to the arrests of Mexican and American nationals working with a drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.

In what officials called a “sophisticated network” of international drug smuggling, drugs were smuggled from Mexico into Arizona by car, plane, on foot, and through tunnels.

“This is one of the more substantial drug-smuggling operations going on right now. This is a billion-dollar drug trade organization linked to the cartel,” an official told MSNBC.

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Dead Detroit FBI Agent’s Work Leads to Bust

Unfortunately FBI Agent Paul Sorce won’t be around to see this case through, but his work helped bring about the charges. The funeral for the father of four is set for Saturday.

BY ZLATI MEYER
Deroit Free Press
DETROIT — Four Detroit men have been charged as part of a $1.4-million cocaine bust in western Pennsylvania, a case the Detroit FBI agent who died after a car wreck Monday had been working on.

The Michigan men, along with four from Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, helped distribute an estimated 20 kilograms of cocaine last year, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said Tuesday. Three of the Detroiters are said to be members of a gang called the A-Team.

FBI Agent Paul Sorce, 44, killed in Harper Woods while on duty, was the Michigan point man for the investigation, Corbett’s spokeswoman Lauren Bozart said. It was unclear if the married father of four was working on the case when his Chevrolet Trailblazer rolled over about noon Monday.

Julio Olivo, 23; Andre Thomas, 23; Charles Edwards, 30; and David Bailey, 23, are charged with possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, delivery of cocaine and criminal conspiracy. Olivo, allegedly the A-team’s second-in-command, is also charged with criminal use of a communication facility.

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