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Homeland Security Gets Involved to Stop Spread of Ebola by Screening Passengers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security agents are being trained to screen travelers for Ebola after they return from West Africa, the New York Daily News reports.

The advanced screenings will take place at five major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; Newark Liberty International Airport; Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C.; Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport; and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Travelers returning from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be subject to the screenings. About 150 people return from those countries every day.

“These five airports, as you may know, are the destination of 94% of individuals who travel to the United States from the three countries that are currently affected by Ebola right now,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said during a briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Roughly 150 travelers who have been in the three counties

Congressional Leaders Call on FBI, Others to Investigate 5-Year-Old Peace Corps Murder in Africa

Kate Puzey (left), photo from KatesVoice.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators haven’t made much headway in the brutal murder of a Peace Corps volunteer after she claimed a local Peace Corps employee was sexually assaulting girls where she worked in the West African country of Benin five years ago, WPRO.com reports.

On Thursday, 184 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle signed a letter urging the federal government, including the FBI, to “make every effort to devote every resource to achieve justice for Kate Puzey.”

The 24-year-old Georgia resident was murdered on March 12, 2009.

“It continues the visibility of the case in the eyes of the people that need not to lose sight of the tragedy,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA, a co-author of the letter and advocate for the Puzey family.

The letter was addressed to the FBI, Department of State and Inspector General of the Peace Corps.

 

West Africa Looms Large in Baltimore Heroin-Trafficking Cases

Assemblage by Mel Guapo/baltimore city paper

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — Last April, thousands of miles from Baltimore in the West African country of Ghana, a man known as “Wagba” got on the phone and mediated a Baltimore heroin-dealing dispute.

Nana Boateng, who supplied Baltimore dealers with heroin shipped under Wagba’s direction by couriers traveling to the United States on commercial flights leaving West Africa, was in a heated argument with another Ghanaian, Krist Koranteng, who also supplied Baltimore heroin dealers with courier-carried heroin from West Africa.

The two were threatening one another, with Koranteng saying he’d arrange for men to come from Ghana to kill Boateng if he didn’t pay up for short-changing Koranteng’s friend, Moses Appram, on a 200-gram heroin deal. Boateng, in response, vowed to come to Ghana and kill Koranteng himself.

Since Boateng’s phones were wiretapped as part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation, his conversations with Wagba were recorded for posterity.

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FBI Joins Interpol in Int’l Gold Scam Investigation

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has joined international law enforcement agencies in investigating a 100 million pound gold scam in West Africa, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

The scam, which the FBI is looking into with Interpol, is thought to have originated in Lagos, Nigeria, according to the Telegraph. It allegedly was  masterminded by a Nigerian gang and involves an Irish passport used to steal millions of dollars from US investors over nearly 12 months.

Scammers offered US investors the ability to purchase unprocessed gold directly from a west African mine, telling them the purchases were tax and fee free.

US Investors put $3 million in creating a secure export system.

The scam was discovered when an Irish security team arrived in west Africa to escort the gold out. The team was unable to make direct contact with the main organizer of the gold shipment–John Recketts–and reported their suspicions to the US investors.

The US investors immediately withdrew from the plans and abandoned the Irish team.

To read more click here.