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Ex-Border Patrol Officers Accused U.S. Politicians of Protecting Mexican Drug Cartels

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Border Patrol officers accused some U.S. politicians of protecting Mexican drug cartels with lenient immigration laws and sanctuary cities, Newsmax.com reports.

“We must never lose sight of the fact that the United States is the market place for the bulk of transnational criminal businesses engaged in human trafficking and the smuggling, distribution and sale of illegal drugs,” the former officers wrote. “Organized crime on this scale we are speaking about cannot exist without political protection.”

The letter was signed by William Glenn, a retired southwest region Chief Intelligence Agent; Claude Guyant, who held various leadership positions throughout the agency; and Gene Wood, who once ran the agency’s San Diego station.

Writing on behalf of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, the letter writers indicated that “vicious transactional crime syndicates” exist in more than 2,000 American cities.

“These transnational criminals present a real and present danger to all Americans, and they live among us,” according to the letter.

FBI Reduces Number of Agents Investigating Organized Crime

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI will continue to shed the number of agents assigned to fight the mafia as the demand for other threats increases, The New York Times reports.

For the third time in five years, the bureau will decrease its agents assigned to organized crime to about three dozens.

In the meantime, more agents are being assigned to newer threats such as cyber crimes and global terrorism, The Times said.

The FBI’s fight against the mafia has been largely successful.

But some worry the reductions in investigators will allow the weakened crime families a chance to reorganize, The Times wrote.

Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News has   been reporting on the reduced number of agents  working on mob cases.

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Ex-Mob Prosecutor on Hoffa Dig: ‘That’s the Last One We’ll Ever See’

Ex-Prosecutor Keith Corbett

 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– So maybe we’ve seen the last Jimmy Hoffa dig for a long long time. Perhaps ever.

On Wednesday, two days after it began, the FBI stopped rooting around for a skeleton in Oakland Township

Former mob federal prosecutor Keith Corbett said he doesn’t expect to see another Hoffa dig in his lifetime, particularly since the feds are unlikely to ever have another ex-mobster of Anthony (Tony Z) Zerilli’s stature come forward again.

“I think that’s the last one,’ he said. “It’s embarrassing for the bureau.”

Over the years, authorities have dug up dirt and concrete looking for Hoffa, missing for 38 years. Each search came up empty.

The latest dig came as a result of a tip from Zerilli, who headed the Detroit mob for a short time and was eventually demoted to capo (captain). He’s sometimes referred to as an underboss.

Zerilli was in prison at the time of Hoffa’s 1975 disappearance in Bloomfield Township. His father headed the Detroit Mafia back then.

Now frail, and sometimes appearing less than sharp, he claimed months ago that Hoffa was whacked with a shovel and buried alive in a shallow grave in a barn on a property at Buell and Adams Road in Oakland Township. The property was once owned by high-ranking mobster Jack Tocco.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Accomplice And Hit Man Describes Murders in Alarming Detail at Trial

 

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Martorano, a star witness in the prosecutor’s murder and racketeering case against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, described chilling details of killing people, sometimes the wrong ones, The Boston Globe reports.

Martorano, a friend-turned-foe of Bulger’s, implicated the mob boss in six slayings in the 1970s on Wednesday and is expected to reveal more today.

“I went in and shot him . . . in the heart,” said Martorano, recounting how he wore a white meat cutter’s coat and yellow construction hat to ambush one victim in 1973.

It was the first time Martorano, 72, testified against Bulger, 83, who sat nearby in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murder in the 1970s and ’80s.

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Feds Arrest Bonanno Mob Family Members

 
By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Four members of the Bonanno organized crime family were arrested early Friday in New York by DEA and FBI agents on charges of racketeering, gambling and drug sales, reports NBC. Also charged in the case was Anthony Graziano, the father of Mob Wives”  reality show star Renee Graziano .

Vincent Badalamenti, identified as a member of the Bonanno crime family administration, Nicholas Santora, a Bonanno family capo, Vito Balsamo, an acting captain, and Anthony Calabrese, a soldier, were arrested and charged on Friday with racketeering, extortion, illegal gambling, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana, according to NBC.

All the defendants  entered pleas of not guilty.

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Wahlberg: “Whitey” Bulger Wants to Meet With Me

Whitey Bulger/fbi

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The imprisoned  Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is trying to get hold of Mark Wahlberg, the actor says.

The meeting is only speculation at this point, reports The Inquisitr, but it seems plausible Bulger wants Wahlberg to portray his likeness in a possible biopic on the criminal.

“I actually got a call about coming to see Whitey, he wants me to come down and visit him,” Wahlberg has previously said to Reuters. “Maybe he’ll give me the exclusive rights to tell his story, because he knows we can do it better than anybody else.”

Bulger was a long-time informant for the FBI at the same time he ran a vast criminal enterprise in Boston, which later caused much embarrassment to the bureau. When the FBI decided to indict Bulger on murder charges he took off as and lived for 16 years as a fugitive, making the FBI’s Top Ten most wanted list before being arrested last year.

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Latin Kings National Leader Gets 60 Years

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The highest-ranking leader in the United States of the notorious street gang the Latin Kings was sentenced in Chicago to 60 years in federal prison on Wednesday, according to a statement from the FBI.

Augustin Zambrano, 51, was given the statutory maximum. He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other charges involving drug trafficking in April of last year. Zambrano was a “Corona” of the Almighty Latin King Nation, according to the FBI, responsible for overseeing and orchestrating “the illegal activities of all factions of the powerful street gang,” the FBI says. The gang has around 10,000 members in Illinois alone.

Zambrano went by the names “Big Tino,” “Tino,” “Old Man,” and “Viejo.”

He and three co-defendants were convicted of running a criminal enterprise to enrich themselves  through drug-trafficking, preserving and protecting their power, territory and revenue with murder, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, extortion, and other acts of violence.

“This investigation has held to hold the leaders of the Latin Kings like Zambrano responsible for their iron-fisted leadership of a criminal enterprise responsible for murders and attempted murders. As the CEO of this gang, Zambrano bears responsibility for its criminal acts,” said Chicago  U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald in a statement.

Prosecutors fought for a maximum sentence by saying that Zambrano “chose violence at every turn.”

 

17 Arrested in Texas Syndicate Sting

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It was a busy day for authorities with the DEA and local law enforcement in San Antonio Thursday, where agents rounded up and brought to federal court 6 of 17 suspects facing murder, racketeering and drug charges, reports Kens5.com

The suspects were members of the Texas Syndicate. The indictment claims the suspects were involved in four murders, two attempted murders, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and other crimes as part of the Texas Syndicate gang since January of 2008, according to Kens5.com.

The defendants face life sentences for each racketeering charge and up to 10 years for conspiracy to commit murder. The arrests came at the end of an 18 month investigation between a DEA Task Force, US Marshals Service, the ATF, IRS and local law enforcement agencies.

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