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DEA Investigating 8 Fatal Overdoses of Fentanyl in Sacramento County

pillsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is investigating eight fatal overdoses related to the painkiller fentanyl in Sacramento County over the past month.

“People are getting the message (about the dangers of fentanyl),” Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye told the Sacramento Bee. “The trend we are seeing is very hopeful, but people need to be careful and should not be taking pills that are not from a credible place like a pharmacy.”

Using dozens of investigators, the DEA is trying to track down the sale of the fentanyl pills, which “were masquerading” as other more mild painkillers.

“We are making progress,” said Casey Rettig, a DEA special agent based in San Francisco, who declined to offer more specifics.

The overdoses were first reported on March 23.

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Alleged Eco-Terrorist Freed After 7 Years in Prison Because FBI Hid Evidence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

A former college student imprisoned since a jury convicted him of eco-terrorism in 2007 was freed Thursday after it was discovered the FBI and prosecutors withheld thousands of pages of evidence that could have been used for his defense, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal prosecutors realized they had little choice but to support the release of 37-year-old Eric Taylor McDavid, prompting a judge Thursday to order his release.

“I’ve never heard or seen of anything like this,” said U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr., who originally sentenced McDavid.

In an agreement with prosecutors, McDavid agreed to plead guilty to a single conspiracy count, which carries a sentence less than the number of years he already spent in prison.

McDavid was in prison for allegedly plotting bombing the Nimbus Dam, cell phone towers and a U.S. Forest Service lab.

TSA Employee Busted in Sex Sting That Started on Craigslist

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA employee is accused of trying to solicit sex with a mother and her young daughter on Craigslist, the San Francisco Gate reports.

George Hristovski, 54, of Sacramento, faces federal child pornography charges after a sheriff’s investigator spotted an ad seeking a mother and daughter for sex.

The investigator posed as a 30-year-old woman with a 13-year-old daughter. The two exchanged dozens of emails.

Hristovski, an inspector, also thought he was emailing the 13-year-old girl, whom he tried to solicit sexual information and photos, authorities said.

The TSA suspended Hristovski.

“TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism,” said TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein. “These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable.”

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ATF Arrests Dr. Death in Sacramento for Allegedly Making Assault Rifles in Metal Shop

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Sacramento man known as “Dr. Death” was faces gun-making charges after he was arrested Friday by the ATF, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The arrest follows a grand jury indictment of Daniel Crowninshield, 45, of Sacramento, who has been charged with unlawfully making firearms and possessing machine guns.

According to authorities, Crowninshield, who was known online as “Dr. Death,” is accused of operating an unlicensed firearms-making business out of a metal shop in Sacramento.

Crowninshield is accused of manufacturing lower receivers for AR-15s and other firearms.

“The production and sale of assault rifles without serial numbers, background checks or waiting periods poses a serious danger to public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner.

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FBI, Other Law Enforcement Prepare for Mall Attack During Drill in Sacramento

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The hope is they’ll never have to use their training.

But in a country where the once unthinkable is happening, local and federal law enforcement can’t take any chances.

The Sacramento Bee reports that local and federal law enforcement conducted a training drill at the Westfield Roseville Galleria to prepare for the possibility of a mall attack.

The drill was part of a nationwide “Complex Mall Attack” initiative designed to promote preparedness.

The idea is to ensure “we are all prepared for the unlikely event of an attack at the Roseville Galleria,” said sMonica M. Miller, special agent in charge of the Sacramento FBI.

FBI Investigation Threatens to Damage Reputation of Democrats in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democrats in California are in a vulnerable position.

Democratic  State Sen. Ron Calderon is accused of taking cash bribes in exchange for promoting bills. But when his Democratic colleagues in the California Senate removed him from committees in the past month, Calderon has publicly lashed out at his own party, the Associated Press reports.

Calderon has not been charged and said his office was raided by the FBI in June because he wouldn’t take down two fellow Democrats.

“He’s made a threat that ‘politicians live in glass houses,’ and he’s trying to throw his colleagues under the bus. Who knows what lies ahead?” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political consultant in Sacramento. “What does he know about other members that at a minimum could serve as an embarrassment to them?”

Homeland Security Agent Among Those Recovering After Shootout with Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Homeland Security agent is recovering after he and five local law enforcement officials were wounded during a shootout Friday in suburban Sacramento, the Associated Press reports.

The agent was hospitalized in serious condition this weekend after he was shot in the leg.  Four of the officers were wounded by shrapnel  and were treated and released.  Another officer suffered a jaw wound.

The suspect, Nathan Duran, 32, is accused of attempted murder after he triggered an hour-along standoff that forced the evacuation of nearby homes.

The agent, whose name wasn’t released, was chasing Duran on foot when the suspect shot him.

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Longtime Agent Monica M. Miller To Head FBI in Northern California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Monica M. Miller, who has abundant experience investigating violent crime and public corruption, has been tapped as the leader of the FBI’s Sacramento field office, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Miller will replace Herb M. Brown, who departed last year to take a job with the Central California Intelligence Center.

Miller was the bureau’s senior detailee to the CIA, overseeing counterespionage employees.

Miller’s new territory stretches from Oregon to south of Bakersfield, Calif., the Bee reported.

She joined the FBI in 1989.