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DEA Helps Seize 20 Tons of Drugs in ‘Largest Known Seizure of Heroin in Afghanistan’

DEA makes major drug bust in Afghanistan.

DEA makes major drug bust in Afghanistan.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA, with the help of American Special Forces and an Afghan counternarcotics, seized a whopping 20 tons of drugs in what officials have described as “the largest known seizure of heroin in Afghanistan, if not the world.”

“This drug seizure alone prevented not only a massive amount of heroin hitting the streets throughout the world but also denied the Taliban money that would have been used to fund insurgent activities in and around the region,” DEA spokesman Steven Bell told ABC News Thursday. 

The estimated street value was $60 million for 12.5 tons of morphine base, 6.4 tons of heroin base, 134 kilograms of opium, 129 kilograms of crystal heroin and 12 kilograms of hashish, all of which was seized during an Oct. 17 raid that was just made public.

“If that was Pablo Escobar‘s stash, that would be considered a lot of frickin’ heroin,” said one combat veteran of the DEA’s 11-year counternarcotics mission to blunt the country’s heroin trade, referring to the Medellin, Colombia, narcotics kingpin killed two decades ago. “That’s going to make a dent in the European market.”

Other Stories of Interest

Homeland Security Pressured to Adopt Strict Rule about Employee Behavior Abroad

visasBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security officials have been caught drinking, using drugs and soliciting prostitutes while working outside of the country.

Now the inspector general wants Homeland Security to adopt specific policies to prevent such behavior while abroad, the Federal Times reports. 

The inspector general examined the departments policies for the 1,5000 employees who work outside the country and discovered very few guidelines for off-duty behavior.

“To minimize the risk of misconduct and its potential negative effect on the Department’s ability to accomplish its mission, DHS should ensure it has comprehensive policies specifically addressing off-duty conduct abroad and make certain all employees traveling and working abroad are adequately trained and acknowledge and understand these policies,” the report said.

FBI Pumps Up Enforcement of U.S. Companies That Win Contracts Through Bribery

bribeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has pumped up its enforcement of overseas bribes made by U.S. companies to win contracts.

Bloomberg reports the bureau has added 40 lawyers and agents who will sniff out foreign bribes.

Anti-bribery units have begun working to uncover crooked deals in places like Africa, Asia and South America.

“We’re trying to leverage” companies into reporting suspected bribes by their workers “because often only they have the ability to get that information,” Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in an interview with Bloomberg. “We expect that with new agents and our prosecutors out there,” companies “will think significantly about self-reporting.”

The FBI is using wiretaps and informants to help infiltrate crooking dealings.

“I’m a big fan of all sorts of tactics, including wiretaps, to build a case,” George Khouzami, the assistant special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office, said in an interview. “We’ve had significant success in recent public corruption cases where it’s easy to play the tape and prove the crime. Why wouldn’t we take advantage of that now when doing FCPA cases?”

FBI Creates Squads in 3 U.S. Cities to Tackle International Corruption

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is increasing its arsenal against international corruption by creating three squads tasked with rooting out bribery cases that happen overseas but have repercussions for the U.S., the Associated Press report.

Corruption in foreign countries is becoming a bigger focus of the FBI’s because of the expansion of the global economy, where corruption can have a rippling effect.

The initiative calls for sending about 30 agents to squads based in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.

“Corruption leads to lack of confidence in government. Lack of confidence in government leads to failed states. Failed states lead to terror and national security issues,” said Jeffrey Sallet, chief of the FBI’s public corruption and civil rights section, in an interview with the AP.

The mission of the three squads is to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars the bribery of foreign government officials.

New FBI Chief Comey Picks 25-Year Veteran to Become Deputy Director

Mark Giuliano/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the most important jobs at the FBI is the position of deputy director.

On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey named 25-year bureau veteran Mark Giuliano to the job, which makes him responsible for overseeing all domestic and international investigations, the Washington Post reports.

He’ll begin his new duties when the current deputy Sean Joyce retires on Dec. 2.

Giuliano started his career as a special agent at the Washington Field Office and has plenty of experience in national security and counterterrorism, the Post wrote.

Secret Service: Costa Rica-based Website Allowed Users to Launder Money Anonymously

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service say it has cracked one of the largest ever international money-laundering schemes, Fox News reports.

Authorities in Costa Rica, Spain and New York have arrested five people accused in a $6 billion money laundering scheme involving an online company based in Costa Rica

The company, named Liberty Reserve, deals in digital currency and facilitated transnational online payments and money transfers, Fox New reported.

The Secret Service said the company allowed users to create fake accounts to move cash across borders.

Taiwanese Pair Held for Alleged Drug and Arms Smuggling

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

What first looks like a routine drug bust seems to have evolved into international arms smuggling charges.

The FBI is alleging that Taiwanese nationals Hui Sheng-shen, 45, and Huan Ling-chang, 41, known as “Charlie” and “Alice”, were trying to acquire military spy drones, E-2C Hawkeye surveillance airplanes and stealth technology relating to F-22 jets, on behalf of wealthy Chinese connections and possibly even the Chinese government. The Taipei Times reports that the couple has been held for the past two months awaiting trial, charged with selling 1kg of nearly pure crystal methamphetamine to undercover agents.

Newark U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the pair’s activities were revealed during an investigation into counterfeit Chinese goods.

“The charges against Shen and Chang illustrate starkly why we do this work and what is at stake when the security of our ports is breached for any reason, ” Fishman said in a statement. “National security isn’t an a la carte enterprise. The same conduits that bring knockoff sneakers flood our communities with illegal drugs and establish dangerous criminal relationships.”

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