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169 People Arrested in FBI Operation Targeting Sex-Trafficking Before Super Bowl in Atlanta

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There was more than potential terrorist threats on the mind of the FBI involving Super Bowel LIII in Atlanta.

The FBI said Tuesday that 169 people were arrested in an operation targeting the threat of sex trafficking leading up to the big event.

A press release said an 11-day sting, starting Jan. 23, resulted in the arrest of 26 alleged traffickers, 34 people accused of trying to engage in sex acts with minors, nine alleged juvenile sex-trafficking victims and nine more alleged adult victims, Fox News reports. 

“The operation’s goal was to raise awareness about sex trafficking by proactively addressing that threat during the Super Bowl and events leading up to the Super Bowl,” the press release read. “Sex trafficking is not just a problem during large-scale events, it is a 365-day-a-year problem in communities all across the country.”

Truck Driver Arrested After 9 Immigrants Found Dead in Sweltering Trailer

Tractor trailer found with 39 people packed inside at a Walmart parking lot in Texas.

Tractor trailer found with 39 people packed inside at a Walmart parking lot in Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida truck driver was arrested Sunday after a Walmart security guard discovered nearly 40 people packed into a sweltering tractor trailer parked outside of a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas.

Nine of the people died and more than a dozen others suffered life-threatening injuries in what authorities are describing as a “horrific” case of human trafficking, the Washington Post reports

The driver, James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Fla., is expected to be charged as early as Monday.

The people were discovered at 12:30 a.m. Sunday by a Walmart security guard who was tipped off that immigrants appeared to be inside a tractor trailer in the parking lot.

San Antonio police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Salame said the case is being handled by ICE because of suspected international smuggling.

“They have to be turned over to the custody of somebody,” he told the Post. “They don’t have anywhere else to go.”

Parker: Heavy Marijuana Users Have Thinner Bones and More Fracture

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Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

Adding to the developing body of medical knowledge about the dangers of marijuana use, the University of Edinburgh announced this past week that frequent use results in reduced bone mineral density and a higher incidence of fractures. The study also concluded that these heavy users have a reduced body mass index (BMI) which further contributed to a thinning of the bones and could result in a greater risk of osteoporosis.

This part of the study raises questions about the popular theory that smoking increases appetite, colloquially known as having the “munchies.” For frequent smokers the use actually had the opposite effect of suppressing appetite, thus resulting in a lower BMI and weaker bones. Frequent smokers were defined as those who had smoked marijuana at least 5,000 times in their lifetimes.

The study also found that moderate use, about 1,000 total occasions of smoking, showed no difference in bone mineral density from that of non-users.

The study was sponsored by Arthritis Research UK and is published in the American Journal of Medicine. 

Officer on FBI Human Trafficking Task Force Shot and Wounded; Suspect Fatally Shot in Suburban Detroit

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — An officer on an FBI human trafficking task force was shot and wounded Friday night in the parking lot of the Detroit Marriott Southfield Hotel on Northwestern Highway in Southfield, a suburb just outside Detroit. A suspect targeted by the task officer was shot and killed, according to FBI spokesperson Jill Washburn.

The Michigan State Police told WDIV that the task force officer was shot in the vest. The incident happened around 7:45 p.m.

The officer is expected to recover, Washburn said. She declined to say if the person hit was an agent or a police officer on the task force.

The subject, or one of the subjects, was shot and killed.

Washburn said it was unclear if the officer who was shot returned fire of if the suspect was killed by another member of the task force.

Partnership Between Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Leads to Arrests for Human Trafficking

Sheriff/Photo via McLennan County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Parnell McNamara/Photo via McLennan County Sheriff’s Office

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A partnership between a sheriff’s office in Texas and Homeland Security has paid off so far, the Waco Tribune reports.

Just one week after the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Homeland Security, officials announced the arrest of two people accused of human trafficking.

Homeland Security approached Sheriff Parnell McNamara to help crack down on human trafficking.

It was the first such partnership, the sheriff said.

“After I talked to commissioners court, we put everything in motion, and by noon we had run search warrants on this creep and found all sorts of child pornography in his house,” McNamara said of the first arrest made in connection to the partnership. “We had him thrown in jail. That’s how quick it worked.”

FBI Director Comey Delivers Good News – More Staff, Training, Resources in Beefed-up 2014 Budget

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey sought to assure agents and local law enforcement that the bureau plans to increase staff, training and resources in what will be a much less frugal 2014.

The Times-Picayune reports that Comey, during his visit to the bureau’s New Orleans Field Office on Thursday, said the beefed-up budget will mean a stronger focus on violent crimes, terrorism, human trafficking, cyber crimes and public corruption.

“As of six weeks ago, the FBI became adequately funded again,” Comey said. “We’re going to invest in the personnel, training and technology we need to face the challenges before us.”

The good news came in January when Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill.

“We had been forced to eliminate over 2,000 positions because of the budget Armageddon of the last 18 months,” he said. “I plan to fill those positions again and then some, ranging from field agents to (support personnel). We also need to resume investing in new technology and training after those things came to a halt.

“We got an enormous budget increase, which I think is something the FBI deserved. We need to explain to the taxpayers how we’re going to spend that money, and I’m going to do that.”

ATF Operation Veers into Human Trafficking and Naked Detective’s Massage


By Les Zaitz
The Oregonian

PORTLAND, Ore. — A police operation meant to protect girls working for a pimp ended with an 18-year-old woman partially stripped, talking sex while massaging a naked police detective in a hotel room.

The 2011 episode in a Vancouver, Wash., hotel was an odd conclusion to a long undercover operation run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency for months bought guns and drugs through a phony store in Gresham.

Prostitution wasn’t a target of “Operation Kraken” because ATF doesn’t investigate human trafficking. But federal agents opened the case even as they shut down the eight-month undercover operation.

To read the full story click here. 

Border Patrol to Test High-Tech Surveillance Balloons Along Mexican Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Forget drones.

The U.S. Border Patrol is testing the abilities of helium-filled balloons that were originally used by the Department of Defense for surveillance, the Associated Press reports.

Don’t be confused by the seemingly simple technology of balloons.

Aerostats, as they’re called, can identify the make, model and color of a car a few miles away while being tethered about 2,500 feet above the ground, the AP wrote.

Border Patrol is testing the devices in hopes of using them to combat human and drug trafficking.