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White Supremacist Convicted of Plot to Murder Atlanta Drug Dealer

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A self-described white supremacist was convicted of multiple charges related to a plot to kill a drug deal with outstanding debts in Georgia.

The case broke open after an FBI informant and admitted white nationalist alerted the bureau to Adrian Apodaca, saying the Florida man had admitted to murdering several people in New Mexico and Arizona, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports

The FBI dispatched a team of undercover agents posing as white supremacists who were owed money by an Atlanta drug dealer, who also was an FBI plant.

Recordings played at the trial indicate Apodaca offered to kill the “dealer” in exchange for $5,000 and a false identity to avoid investigators who wanted to question him in at least one murder.

Jurors took just three hours to convict Apodaca, 45. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 8.

Former FBI Agent May Have Jeopardized Child Predator Cases

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent’s conviction in connection with sharing confidential information with a married woman with whom he was having an affair may have jeopardized as many as three child predator cases.

While heading the now-disbanded joint local-federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in northwest Georgia, Ken Hillman allowed Angela Russell and her then-husband Emerson Russell take part in the arrests of suspects, AJC.com reports

In addition, Hillman let Angela Russell past as an underage girl in internet chats during a sting on sexual predators.

Now one to three of the cases that arose from the sting may have been jeopardized because of the Russell’s involvement. The suspects are accused of meeting children for sex in northwest Georgia. 

Owner of Gigantic Lobster Angry That TSA Photographed ‘Dinnah’

Giant lobster posted on the TSA's Twitter account.

Giant lobster posted on the TSA’s Twitter account.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia man is irate after discovering that his 20-pound lobster was photographed by TSA agents and went viral on the agency’s Twitter account.

“They are dumb,” Christopher Stracuzza told the New York Times of the TSA. “They are like the dumbest people in the world.” 

While on a trip to a market in Connecticut, Stracuzza bought 12 standard lobsters and the gigantic one.

The 32-year-old auto-body repairman spent $700 on the lobsters, which he planned for a cookout at his home in Savannah, Ga.

Stracuzza checked a cooler with the lobsters with his luggage at a Boston airport. When he arrived home, he noticed the cooler had been tampered with.

Then a friend told him his giant lobster was posted by a TSA agent and another official on the agency’s official Twitter account.

“We share images through social media to provide helpful travel tips and to better inform the traveling public about T.S.A.’s mission,” an agency spokesperson told the New York Times.

Other Stories of Interest

ATF Reports Alarming Increase in Stolen Firearms from Gun Shops

File photo of guns, via ATF

File photo of guns, via ATF

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF released a disturbing new report that shows national firearm theft and losses in gun shops increased 20% in 2016. 

The report indicates that 18,394 weapons were stolen last year, and a vast majority were pistols, rifles, revolvers and shotguns.

“Losses and thefts of firearms have increased dramatically in terms of the gun stores,” ATF Special Agent Michael Knight told WHNT19 News

He added: “Also, what has increased extremely, at a high rate, is the armed robberies, and this is a violent crime. This means that the public could potentially be at arms length of the criminal element who are focusing on these gun stores.”

Georgia led the nation with 1,539 stolen or missing firearms in 2016. Florida followed with 1,260 and Texas with 1,247.

Hawaii, by contrast, reported just three stolen or missing firearms.

Other Stories of Interest

Georgia Man Who Possessed Ricin Has Ties to White Supremacist Group

William Gibbs

William Gibbs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia man under investigation after he was exposed to the deadly poison ricin has ties to a white supremacist group Creativity Movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports

The FBI is trying to determine how William Christopher Gibbs, 27, was exposed to ricin.

Gibbs was arrested on charges of reckless conduct and a probation violation after arriving at the local hospital late last week.

About 100 police and hazardous materials experts searched Gibbs’ car and home for traces of ricin in Fannin County.

“I think it was all contained inside his vehicle, just a small amount of something I think he had been experimenting with,” Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby told an Atlanta television station. 

According to sheriff’s deputies, Gibbs’ mother said he has a mental illness.

The FBI has declined to comment, other than to confirm agents are investigating Gibbs’ background and how he acquired ricin.

The Creativity Movement is a white supremacy sect that says “race is our religion” and that the “white race is nature’s finest.”

FBI Investigating How Georgia Man Was Exposed to Ricin

Ricin

Ricin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine how a Georgia man was exposed to the deadly toxin, ricin.

William Christopher Gibbs, 27, went to the hospital and said he had been exposed to ricin, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. 

On Feb. 2, Gibbs was arrested on suspicion on reckless conduct and citation of probation. According to a police report, Gibbs’ mother said her son has mental health issues, including schizophrenia.

“We have identified no evidence that any poisonous or toxic substances have been dispersed or that the public is at risk, and we are coordinating with the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team of the Army National Guard and the Cherokee County Fire Department to ensure that the area is safe,” US Attorney John Horn said in a statement. 

Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby said Gibbs’ ricin was found in Gibbs’ car.

It’s unlikely that the exposure was accidental, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It would take a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people,” the CDC website states. “Unintentional exposure to ricin is highly unlikely, except through the ingestion of castor beans.” 

Georgia’s Secretary of State Accuses Homeland Security of Attempted Hack

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Georgia’s secretary of state alleges Homeland Security tried to illegally hack the state’s computer network that contains the voter registration database.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp claims in a letter to Homeland Security that his office discovered that a DHS Internet address tried to breach the computer system, the Hill reports.

The system also contains personal information of more than 6.5 million residents, 800,000 corporate entities and 500,000 licensed or registered professional.

“On November 15, 2016, an IP address associated with the Department of Homeland Security made an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Georgia Secretary of State’s firewall,” Kemp wrote. “I am writing you to ask whether DHS was aware of this attempt and, if so, why DHS was attempting to breach our firewall.” 

The hack, if there was one, occurred a week after the election.

Homeland Security said it is investigating.

“DHS takes the trust of our public and private sector partners seriously, and we will respond to Secretary Kemp directly,” said Deputy Press Secretary Scott McConnell.

Other Stories of Interest

Deputy U.S. Marshal Killed in Shootout While Trying to Serve Arrest Warrant

Dontrell Carter

Dontrell Carter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A deputy U.S. marshal was shot and killed Friday evening while while trying to serve an arrest warrant in south Georgia.

Patrick Carothers, 53, entered a house near Ludowici to arrest Dontrell Montese Carter when the suspect opened fire and hit the officer twice, according to the U.S. Marshal Service.

Carothers, who left behind a wife and five children, was a deputy commander and 26-year veteran.

Officers fired back and struck Carter multiple times.

Both Carner and Carothers died at the hospital.

Carter, 25, was wanted for attempted murder of police officers and domestic violence.

“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face dangers every day in the pursuit of justice nationwide,” the U.S. Marshall Service wrote in a statement. “The fugitive who killed Deputy Commander Carothers was extremely dangerous, wanted for trying to kill law enforcement officers and deliberately evading authorities. Pat is a hero and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and five children.”