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Former FBI Agent May Have Jeopardized Child Predator Cases

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent’s conviction in connection with sharing confidential information with a married woman with whom he was having an affair may have jeopardized as many as three child predator cases.

While heading the now-disbanded joint local-federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in northwest Georgia, Ken Hillman allowed Angela Russell and her then-husband Emerson Russell take part in the arrests of suspects, AJC.com reports

In addition, Hillman let Angela Russell past as an underage girl in internet chats during a sting on sexual predators.

Now one to three of the cases that arose from the sting may have been jeopardized because of the Russell’s involvement. The suspects are accused of meeting children for sex in northwest Georgia. 

DA: FBI Agent, Boston Cop Justified in Shooting Terror Suspect

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and Boston police officer were justified in using deadly force against a man suspected in a terror plot.

Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot Usaamah Rahim, 26, on June 2, 2015, after they say he lunged at them with a knife, NBC4 reports.

The task force approached him about recorded phone conversations when he tried to attack the members.

“The evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Rahim was armed with a large, military-style knife and posed the threat of death or serious bodily injury to the task force officers,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said at a Wednesday afternoon media briefing. “Their use of deadly force was a lawful exercise of self defense and defense of others.”

Rahim was accused of plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. But investigators said he and co-conspirators chose instead to plot an attack on police officers.

Former DEA Task Force Officer Found Guilty of Conspiring to Steal 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

Cocaine-jpgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury found guilty a former DEA task force officer who conspired to steal nearly 15 kilograms of cocaine before staging a seizure to conceal the theft, MySA.com reports.

Hector “Jojo” Mendez, 46, was convicted after a jury deliberated for just three hours Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Mendez and a government informant agreed to cut the cocaine and then repackage it for a staged seizure.

During the trial, witnesses and federal prosecutor said he concealed information about the DEA seizure and lied to judges in sworn court filings.

He faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in late September.

Other Stories of Interest

Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Cash Seized During Drug Investigations

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ticklethewire.com

A former FBI accused of stealing more than $126,000 in cash seized during drug investigations pleaded guilty Monday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that former special agent Scott M. Bowman admitted he stole cash to fund a lavish lifestyle that included plastic surgery and cars.

Bowman, 45, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, falsification of records, conversion of property by a federal employee and witness tampering.

“As Mr. Bowman takes responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty, the public should be reminded that FBI personnel are held to the highest standards and misconduct of any kind is taken very seriously,” said James Struyk, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles.

Bowman was an FBI agent since 2005 and was a member of an anti-gang task force in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Deputy Shot Five Times During DEA Raid in New Orleans

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy was shot five times during a series of raids around Orleans Parish led by the DEA on Tuesday morning, the Times-Picayune reports. 

The seven-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Wild Wild East,” was carried out to capture suspects tied to drug-related violence.

Deputy Stephen Arnold was in critical condition late Tuesday morning.

Authorities arrested the shooting suspect, Jarvis Hardy, 26, who is expected to be charged with attempted first-degree murder and other drug violations.

The deputy was part of a 12-officer multi-jurisdictional DEA task force that was executing search warrants around Orleans Parish.

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.

DEA Accused of Wasting $850,000 on One Informant Who Worked for Amtrak

AmtrakBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Amtrak employee was paid more than $850,000 to act as an informant for the DEA over the past 20 years, but none of the information that was received was new to the federal agency, USA Today reports. 

The employee was assisting a task force aimed at identifying drug trafficking on the passenger train system.

The inspector general said the arrangements violate federal regulations and wasted “substantial government funds.”

The DEA has been long accused of failing to provide oversight of about 240 confidential informants.

FBI Task Force Tracks Down Prison Escapees Decades Later

north carolinaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Margaret B. Smith walked out of a state prison halfway house in February 1977 and never looked back.

But 38 years later, in May 2015, Smith heard a knock on the door. It was FBI Task Officer Tonya S. Sconyers.

“I knew what they wanted,” Smith told the Fay Observer. ” “I didn’t try to fight or resist them. I just knew.”

Smith, now 68, was convicted of writing $200 in bad checks in 1974.

Her arrest was part of a joint task force by the FBI and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to capture 147 escapees.

Since Sept. 1, the task force has helped return 13 people to prison.

“We’re pretty proud of what we did in the last year,” Sconyers said. “We’re not going to stop until we get them all.”