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DEA Warned Mexico of Plot to Help Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Escape Prison

'El Chapo' Guzman

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA warned Mexico 16 months ago of plans by drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to break out of prison, according to documents revealed Monday, Fox News reports. 

The U.S. first warned Mexico in March 2014 that information has been gathered to suggest family members and others in the drug world planned “potential operations to free Guzman.”

Mexican officials denied being informed “in that respect” and questioned the authenticity of the documents.

Guzman broke out of prison before and was captured in February 2014, when plans almost immediately began to hatch to help him break free of jail.

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Fatally Shot in a Shootout in Baton Rouge

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was shot in the neck and killed Tuesday in a gun battle in Baton Rouge, La.

Wells, 27, a native of Mississippi, had been with the U.S. Marshals Service since January 2011.

Authorities said that Wells was part of a team executing arrest warrants on fugitive Jamie Croom, who was wanted for double homicide in Baton Rouge.

The team engaged in gunfire with the fugitive and Wells was shot, authorities said. He was immediately transported to Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, Louisiana, where he died.

The fugitive, Croom, was also shot and transported to a local hospital where he later died.

“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face untold dangers every day in the pursuit of justice in cities nationwide,” Director Stacia A. Hylton said in a statement. “The fugitive who killed Deputy Wells was extremely dangerous, wanted for double homicide and intentionally evaded justice.”

Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement Wednesday, saying:

 “Deputy Marshal Josie Wells was a dedicated law enforcement officer, a remarkable patriot and a courageous public servant. Though he was taken from us far too suddenly and far too soon, he leaves behind an indelible legacy that will live on in the lives he touched; in the work that the U.S. Marshals Service continues to perform; and in a world that is safer because of his devoted service. His loss is a deeply tragic reminder that the work of our law enforcement officers around the nation is extremely serious, profoundly heroic and deserving of our most emphatic support. The thoughts and prayers of the law enforcement community will be with the family and loved ones of Deputy Marshal Wells throughout this difficult time. And as we go forward, the Department of Justice intends to honor his service and his sacrifice by continuing to fight for the values he protected every day, and to defend the American people for whom he gave his life.”

Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, issued a statement:

“We will always remember and honor the indomitable will of Deputy U.S. Marshal Wells, for his heroic sacrifice and his unwavering commitment to protecting the American citizenry.

“The profound loss of our brother is beyond measure, but his willingness to risk his own life in the pursuit of homicidal maniacs is his legacy to all of us. We are all now duty‐bound to bow our heads and pay tribute to a man of honor, and always remember and respect his ultimate sacrifice.”

FBI Arrests homicide fugitive in Delaware After 13 Years on Run

Ignacio Constantino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Victor Castillo lived a quiet life as a maintenance man for an apartment building in Wilmington.

Turns out, Castillo’s real name is Ignacio Constantino, and he was wanted for first-degree murder in Tennessee for 13 years, the USA Today reports.

The FBI, along with local police and the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested Constantino on Thursday without incident.

“Our community is very happy that he has been taken into custody and we look forward to him facing the first-degree murder charges,” said Morristown police Maj. Michelle Jones, a spokesman with the department.

Local police said cooperation among law enforcement agencies was key.

“This arrest is a demonstration of the effectiveness of law enforcement working together throughout our country,” Police Chief Roger Overholt said in a statement. “It is important to our community that Constantino faces the charges brought against him in this violent crime.”

Leaked Memos: DEA Sought to Assassinate Drug Kingpin in Mexico; President Obama Opposed on ‘Moral Grounds’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New memos leaked by WikiLeaks shows the DEA asked the White House for permission to kill notorious kingpin and fugitive Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Latin Times reports.

The messages come from Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence and an expert on Mexican drug cartels.

“If the DEA can specifically locate the Sinaloa boss El Chapo, he will be assassinated,” Burton wrote, according to the documents.

Nevertheless, Guzman, kingpin of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, remains a fugitive.

For his part, President Obama said he wouldn’t approve an assassination.

“Obama won’t approve a finding for covert action inside MX based on ‘moral grounds,'” Burton wrote.

Russian President Putin Says He Had No Grounds to Arrest Snowden

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Russian President Vladimir Putin maintained Tuesday that he had no authority to take custody of the NSA leaker-turned-international fugitive, The Washington Post reports.

Both countries exchanged blows over the handling of Edward Snowden, who arrived in Russia from Hong Kong on Saturday.

Putin told the U.S. that he had no grounds to take Snowden into custody.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry responded that Russia was defying international convention by permitting a fugitive to be loose in an airport’s transit zone, the Post wrote.

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FBI Agent, Fugitive Injured in Shootout in Las Vegas Over Arrest Warrant

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and fugitive were both wounded in a frantic shootout in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The agent, whose identity has not yet been released and who was wearing a protective vest, suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote.

The suspect, whose name also wasn’t released, was seriously injured.

The FBI said a task force was executing an arrest warrant when a foot chase ensued for about a mile before the shootout.

Man Who Opened Fire on FBI Agents Sentenced to 15 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A fugitive who shot at FBI agents while he was barricaded in a house his near Pittsburgh was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Frank Perez Jr. fired at least 20 shots from two pistols and a 12-gauge shotgun while an FBI SWAT team surrounded his house to take him into custody for a 1999 murder in Indiana, according to the AP.

Perez pleaded guilty in March to assaulting federal agents with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The defense unsuccessfully urged for leniency, saying Perez lived in a hardscrabble, gang-plagued neighborhood in Chicago. But they were unable to convince U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer, who imposed a sentence five years beyond the minimum.

Indiana authorities said they don’t plan to extradite Perez until he serves his full sentence, the AP reported.

It’s Official; Whitey Bulger’s Companion to Plead Guilty

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend is throwing in the towel.

The Boston Globe reports that Catherine Greig, according to court papers filed Monday in Boston federal court, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and identity fraud .

The Globe reported the agreement did not include a recommended sentence.

In a statement filed in court, according to the Globe, Greig said: “I engaged in conduct that was intended to help Bulger avoid detection from law enforcement and to provide him with support and assistance during his flight from law enforcement.”

She also said that Bulger had obtained false identification documents including driver’s licenses and Social Security cards.

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