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Tag: Albuquerque

Lawsuit Claims DEA Informant Improperly Monitored Albuquerque Man Who Snapped

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque man last year was an active DEA informant despite his criminal background, according to a lawsuit filed against the agency, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit claims the DEA did not properly supervise Jason Estrada, who was killed when he confronted a man accused of sexually assaulting a child.

The man, 31-year-old Edward Quintana, is charged with killing Estrada and criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

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Troublesome Picture Emerges of Police Brutality Within Albuquerque Police Department

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Criticizing the Albuquerque Police Department for a well-documented history of police brutality and unjustified deadly force, the U.S. Justice Department painted a disturbing picture of the department.

CNN reports that the report details police officers killing an unarmed drug store robber, a 19-year-old who was “motionless on his back” and a 25-year-old veteran who was threatening to commit suicide.

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City officials didn’t immediately respond to the findings.

The report could result in long-term oversight of the department.

DEA Albuquerque Office Gets New Leadership Role As Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sean R. Waite, a longtime DEA agent, has been appointed as a new agent in charge of the agency’s Albuquerque, NM, office, the Republic reports.

Waite replaces Keith Brown, who left to become the agent in charge of the DEA’s New Orleans field office last year.

The office is part of the El Paso Field Division, which has been busy with synthetic drug trafficking.

Sharp Rise in Border Patrol Apprehensions along New Mexico Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is experiencing a sharp increase in apprehensions at the New Mexico border, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The Border Patrol took into custody nearly 8,000 people for illegally crossing the border in fiscal 2013 – compared to about 5,700 in fiscal 2012.

Although the New Mexico numbers were on the rise, Texas and Tucson saw declines, Albuquerque Journal wrote.

It may be the success in places like Tucson that are prompting immigrants to try the New Mexico border, said Joe Romero, acting special operations supervisor in the Border Patrol El Paso sector’s public affairs office..

“The success of neighboring sectors, such as Tucson Sector, may lead people away from that area in hopes of possibly finding a greater chance for success in our area,” Romero said in an emailed response to questions from the Albuquerque Journal.

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Man Arrested After Threatening to Detonate Explosive-Laden Burrito at FBI Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man convinced that the FBI had implanted a tracking device into his head threatened to detonate an explosive burrito at the bureau’s Albuquerque field office, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Brian DeMarco, 50, called up the FBI from his Super 8 motel room to warn that he planned to blow up a explosives-rigged Mexican lunch wrap, the FBI told the Journal.

Additionally, DeMarco, who also complained that the FBI was beaming photos into his brain, said he had placed a bomb at the Albuquerque Social Security Administration building.

DeMarco, who said he’d been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was arrested at a bus station and no explosives were found.

Justice Department Investigates Albuquerque Police Department for Use of Excessive Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is launching an investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department following more than two dozen shootings, the New York Times reports.

The probe is to determine whether police used excessive force, including unreasonable deadly force, against suspects.

“We will peel the onion to its core, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference in Albuquerque.

“We will talk to department leadership and rank-and-file officers,” Mr. Perez said. “We will also actively engage with the community, a critical part of the process of determining whether systemic violations exist.”

In the past two years, the police department has been involved in 25 shootings, 17 of which were fatal, the New York Times reported.

The frequency of the shootings has alarmed authorities.

Robert Anderson Promoted to Assist. Director FBI’s Counterintelligence Division

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Robert Anderson, Jr., is moving up.

Anderson, who has been the deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters has been promoted to assistant director of the division.

Anderson joined the FBI in 1995 and was assigned to the Washington Field Office, where he investigated narcotics and violent crimes. In 1997, he transferred to the Hostage Rescue Team, where he completed deployments to more than 20 countries.

In 2001, he became a supervisor in the Counterintelligence Division. As a unit chief, he oversaw the management of nuclear proliferation and espionage investigations. He supervised the Phillip Cheng investigation in the San Francisco Division, which led to the arrests of 16 people for dual-use technology transfers.

Anderson returned to the Washington Field Office in 2004, first as the supervisor of its global foreign counterintelligence squad and later as the supervisor of one of its espionage squads.

In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterespionage Branch at WFO.

He returned to headquarters in 2008 to serve as chief of the Counterespionage Section. During the next year, he led the Harold James Nicholson/Nathan Nicholson espionage investigation, which resulted in the re-arrest and prosecution of Nicholson and his son for espionage.

In 2009, he was detailed for three months in 2009 as the acting special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Division.

He returned once again to WFO in 2010 as special agent in charge of its Intelligence Division. Before joining the FBI, he was a Delaware State Trooper for nearly nine years.

Former ICE Official to Train Albuquerque Police

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former official for Immigration Customs Enforcement was hired to train the Albuquerque Police Department to rely more on cooperation and less on force, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Joe Wolf, 56, who oversaw training for ICE, will serve as the new training director for the Albuquerque Police Department agency.

The idea, Wolf said, is to improve interactions between police and the public.

“This is not an occupying army,” Wolf told the Albuquerque Journal. “There’s a disconnect with the military model of law enforcement training. We’re trying to create individual thinkers, not group movement … That’s a tall order.”