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Federal Agents Charged with Stealing Bitcoins While Investigating Website

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two former federal agents are accused of stealing bitcoins while investigating the online drug marketplace Silk Road.

The Huffington Post reports that Carl Force, 46, a former DEA special agent, and Shaun Bridges, 32, an ex-special agent with the Secret Service, were arrested and charged, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Force has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering, conflict of interest and theft of government money. Bridges faces charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

Force, whose salary was roughly $15,000 a year, is accused of putting bitcoings into his personal account to pay off “mortgage, a government thrift savings plan loan, and wrote several very large checks for tens of thousands of dollars,” the affidavitt reads.

Bridges and Force worked on the plan together, authorities said.

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Former DEA and Secret Service Agents Expected to Be Arrested For Stealing Money While Working Undercover

By BENJAMIN WEISER and MATT APUZZO
New York Times

Two former federal agents are expected to be arrested on Monday on charges of stealing money while working undercover on an investigation into Silk Road, the once-thriving black market website for drug dealing, a document shows.

The former agents are Carl Mark Force IV, who worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, who worked for the Secret Service.

Mr. Force is being charged with wire fraud, theft of government property and money laundering, and Mr. Bridges is being charged with wire fraud and money laundering, according to an affidavit filed in the United States District Court in San Francisco.

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Report: DEA Agents Had ‘Sex Parties’ With Prostitutes Hired By Drug Cartels

By Sari Horwitz
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog.

The report does not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia.

Seven of the 10 DEA agents alleged to have participated in the gatherings — most of which took place at “quarters” leased by the U.S. government — admitted to having attended the parties, the report found. They received suspensions of two to 10 days.

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DEA Seizes Far Fewer Marijuana Plants Under Obama Administration

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA continues to seize and destroy less marijuana under the Obama administration, the Washington Post reports.

Last year the DEA destroyed 4.3 million marijuana plants, compared to 10.4 million in 2009.

The “cannabis eradication program” provides money to local and state law enforcement agencies to destroy marijuana plants. But those funds have been drying up.

The Post wrote:

Marijuana eradication teams, who criss-cross the countryside in helicopters looking for grow sites, occasionally become overzealous in carrying out their missions. The Georgia Governor’s Task Force for Drug Suppression earned notoriety last year when they raided a retiree’s garden after misidentifying okra as marijuana. Last month, a member of DEA’s marijuana eradication team in Utah warned lawmakers there that a medical marijuana bill would lead inevitably to stoned rabbits in the state’s forests.

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Burglars Masquerading As DEA Agents Caught In the Act at Lexington Apartments

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four burglars masquerading as DEA agents were busted in the act.

WKYT.com reports that Lexington Police interrupted these burglars at an apartment complex where they had barged in early this morning, claiming to be part of a DEA sting.

“Some officers responded. They ended up interrupting a burglary. As they did that the people who were committing the burglary, took a shotgun and fled,” Lieutenant Andrew Daugherty said.

Two of the suspects were captured, while two others jumped out a back window and fled.

A hunt continued this morning for the two suspects.

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Legalizing Medical Pot in Utah Would Make Bunnies Go Crazy, DEA Agent Insists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has proposed numerous reasons to oppose medical marijuana – health effects, lack of motivation, dependency.

But the latest reason given by a DEA agent may be the most memorable. Speaking to a Utah Senate panel about a bill that would allow certain patients to consume edible cannabis, Special Agent Matt Fairbanks said legal outdoor grows would endanger bunnies.

Fairbanks suggested that passing the bill would harm rabbits because they would “cultivate a taste” for the plant and be constantly high, the Washington Post reports.

“I deal in facts. I deal in science,” Fairbanks insisted last week.

Fairbanks said he saw rabbits “that had cultivated a taste for marijuana” and “one of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone.”

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All 9 Former DEA Administrators Join Forces to Oppose Legalization of Pot in Colorado

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

All nine of the DEA’s former administrators signed an amicus brief that was filed Thursday in support of a Supreme Court petition challenging Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws, Politico reports.

The directors are siding with Oklahoma and Nebraska’s Supreme Court petition that challenges legalization.

The law in Colorado “gravely menace[s]…[t]he health, comfort and prosperity of the people” of neighboring states,” the former administrators write in their brief.

“The federal government made the choice in 1970 that a uniform, comprehensive, and consistent national approach to controlled substances was necessary,” the brief continues. “Principles of federalism, properly understood, therefore support the plaintiff States’ suit against Colorado.”

President Obama’s administration has urged federal law enforcement to respect state marijuana laws.

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Army Sniper Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Murder DEA Agent, Informant

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Army sniper has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder a DEA agent and an informant.

Joseph Hunter, 49, and five others were arrested in September 2013 after they were recorded plotting to kill a DEA agent and informant in Liberia for $800,000, International Business Times reports.

Hunter was snared in a sting operation in which he thought he was working for a Columbian drug cartel.

Hunter faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in May.

He also pleaded guilty to firearms charges and conspiring to import cocaine into the U.S.

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