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Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Allegedly Lying about Ties to Mexican Drug Traffickers

Border marker, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent accused of lying twice about his ties to two Mexican drug traffickers has been indicted by a San Diego federal grand jury.

The indictment alleges Agent Ramon Delgado lied about his relationships with drug traffickers during an interview and in his pre-employment background questionnaire, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Delgado, 44, faces up to five years in prison on a count of making false statements to the federal government.

The investigation began following suspicions that Delgado assisted a drug trafficking organization that smuggled heron, meth and cocaine into the U.S. According to prosecutors, Delgado maintained a close relationship with the two drug traffickers while working for Border Patrol.

Border Patrol Agent Indicted on Charges of Drug Delivery, Possession

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent has been indicted on charges of drug delivery and possession.

Details of the allegations against Agent Daniel Polanco have not yet been released.

“Agent Polanco has been indicted for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and is also charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance,” Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz said, reports RGV Proud . Daniel Polanco has been employed with CBP for 9 years. After he turned himself in today, he was placed on leave without pay.”

Ortiz emphasized that the allegations do nor reflect the values and principles of the Border Patrol.

Other Stories of Interest

California Man Accused of Running Over Border Patrol Agent Is Indicted

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A California man accused of trying to run over a Border Patrol agent during a high-speed chase has been charge with forcible assault with a Ford Mustang, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ivan Nieves, 20, was indicted in the attack after he led Border Patrol agents on a chase in Imperial County, the FBI said Monday.

The incident happened after Nieves drove away from a checkpoint.

After dodging law enforcement during a pursuit, Nieves is accused of striking a Border Patrol agent with his car after the agent was removing a spike strip on the road to stop the fleeing car.

Nieves, who was captured shortly after, faces up to 20 years in prison.

2 Mexican Nationals Indicted in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent

Javier Vega Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Mexican nationals were indicted on charges of capital murder and attempted murder in the shooting death of an off-duty Border Patrol agent, the Valley Morning Star reports.

Indicted were Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval, 30, and Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo, 40, who are accused of being involved in the Aug. 3 shooting of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr.

They also were indicted in connection with the nonfatal shooting of Javier Vega Sr., whose son was killed.

Both men face the possibility of the death penalty.

The Vegas were shot while on vacation and fishing with family in the Rio Hondo area. Vega Jr. fired back, authorities said, but did not strike anyone.

FBI: Former Wells Fargo Banker Helped Insider Trading Ring in Exchange for Gold, Cash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire

 A former Wells Fargo investment banker is accused of tipping off investors in an insider trading scheme in exchange for gold and cash, the FBI announced Thursday.

The banker, John Femenia, was indicted along with eight accused insider traders in an indictment unsealed Thursday.

Femenia, who faces up to 30 years in prison, is accused of stealing private information from the bank that gave investors unfair advantage in the stock market, which is illegal.

Six of the defendants agreed to plead guilty and testify against the others in exchange for lesser charges.

 

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

 

Leader of Pakistan Taliban Charged in Death of 7 CIA Employees in Afghanistan

afghanistan mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials launched a multi-prong attack against the Pakistan Taliban, placing the group on the international terrorism black list while indicting its leader in the death of seven CIA employees last year on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

The State Department also announced that it was offering a $5 million reward each for information leading to the capture of two top leaders.

One of those leaders,  Hakimullah Mehsud, the self-proclaimed emir of the Pakistani Taliban, was charged in a criminal complaint announced Wednesday  in Washington in connection with the Dec. 30, 2009 suicide bombing that killed the seven CIA employees.

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Can Rod Blagojevich Win Jurors’ Votes in Corruption Trial?

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

After glad-handing citizens and hustling on the campaign trail, Rod Blagojevich, the man with the trademark Beatles-style do, convinced 1.7 million Illinois voters to re-elect him governor in 2006.

Nearly four years later, the now-impeached governor hopes to win over just 12 very important votes: the jurors who will decide his fate in his highly publicized public corruption trial that begins Thursday in Chicago. This time, however, he won’t be able to chat them up or shake their hands — as badly as he may want to.

“I’m sure he’ll find it very frustrating,” Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political studies and public affairs at the University of Illinois-Springfield, told AOL News on the eve of the trial.

What Blagojevich is expected to do is take the stand on his own behalf. How that plays out is anyone’s guess.

“He has the supreme confidence in his ability to win people over and be persuasive,” said Redfield, adding, “It’s often not very well placed.”

To read full story click here.

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5 Ex-Blackwater Execs Indicted on Weapons Charges

blackwaterlogo2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Five ex-executives from Blackwater, the highly controsersial security firm, were charged Friday with illegally acquiring automatic weapons and filing false documents. Some weapons were gifts to the Kingdom of Jordan in hopes of landing a lucrative contract to build and run a training center, authorities said.

The 15-count federal indictment out of Raleigh, N.C. charged Gary Jackson, 52, former President; William Wheeler Mathews, Jr., 44, an attorney and former Executive Vice President and Vice President of Operations; Andrew Howell, 44, General Counsel; Ana Bundy, 45, former Vice President of Logistics and Procurement; and Ronald Slezak, 65, a former armorer. The company now operates under the name XE Services.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said employees acquired the high power weapons in hopes of getting a competitive with contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Specifically, authorities alleged that the company allegedly purchased 227 short barrel rifles without registering them, a violation of the law.

Additionally, the company wanted to acquire a stock of automatic weapons for use at its Moyock, N.C., facility.

But authorities said federal law limits the number of certain firearms.

“To evade the legal limit of no more than two weapons of any type, they allegedly arranged straw purchases with a small local sheriff’s office,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

“Blank letterhead stationery from the sheriff’s office was provided to Blackwater, which was used to prepare letters claiming the sheriff’s office wanted to purchase 17 Romanian AK47s and 17 fully automatic M4s,”the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “The weapons were paid for by Blackwater, were immediately delivered to Blackwater upon their arrival, and were locked in Blackwater’s armory to which the sheriff’s office had no direct access.”

Read Justice Dept. Press Release

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