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DEA Agents Busted Lying About Secret Ownership of Strip Club

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two DEA workers are accused of secretly running a strip club in New Jersey and then lying about their ownership interests during national security background checks.

The New York Times reports that the officials were David Polos, who most recently served as an assistant special agent in charge, and Glen Lover, a civilian employee. They are charged with one count of making false statements and face up to five years in prison.

During the background checks, the men said they did not have ownership interests in the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge.

The men had “important and sensitive”  jobs, said Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“They also had other secret jobs,” he added, “which they concealed from D.E.A. in order to maintain their national security clearance, betraying the oaths they had taken and creating needless risk for the agency they worked for.”

 

 

DEA Arrests 2 in Largest-Ever Seizure of Heroin in NYC History

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The bust was so big that federal authorities are already calling it the largest seizure of heroin in New York City history.

The DEA helped nab a pair of suspected Bronx drug traffickers in what turned out to be the largest seizure of heroin in the city’s history, NBC New York reports.

Agents seized more than 150 pounds of heroin that is worth at least $50 million. An additional $2 million in cash.

Investigators believe the traffickers routinely received similar-size shipments every month from Mexico and supplied the deadly, addictive drug to users in New York, Pennsylvania and New England.

“To put it in perspective, this load was so large it carried the potential of supplying a dose of heroin to every man, woman and child in New York City,” Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said in a statement. “While this important seizure stopped a huge amount of heroin from flooding our city, it also highlights the critical need to intercept heroin before it ever reaches our region.”

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DEA Agents Allege Management Discriminates Against Military Reservists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sixteen DEA agents who also serve as military reservists have filed a complain that alleges they are discriminated against by management, CBS 8 reports. 

“They (DEA) have a consistent, perpetual harassment that continues to escalate,” said DEA Special Agent Mark Coast of San Diego. “Servicemen should not be treated as second class citizens.”

The agents said management doesn’t like that reservists have to take time off work.

“You sit at your desk and your supervisors will constantly come by and tell you, ‘You need to get out of the service. You can’t serve two masters,’” said Coast, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves since 1987.

The complaint alleges that DEA management routinely subject military reservists to “hostile and offensive comments in the workplace.”

The DEA declined to comment.

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FBI Official to Shake Up DEA After Being Appointed as New Leader

Chuck Rosenberg

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A top FBI official is expected to take over the troubled DEA following the forced resignation of DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, the L.A. Times reports. 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch tapped Chuck Rosenberg, the chief of staff to FBI Director James Comey, as the acting administrator in an effort to shake up the agency.

Rosenberg, who is expected to head the DEA for the rest of President Obama’s term, is to focus less on marijuana and more on drugs like heroin.

Rosenberg “has proven himself as an exceptional leader, a skilled problem-solver, and a consummate public servant of unshakable integrity,” Lynch said in a statement.

Comey said that Rosenberg “is one of the finest people and public servants I have ever known. His judgment, intelligence, humility, and passion for the mission will be sorely missed at FBI.”

Click here for the FBI’s bio on Rosenberg.


Former DEA Head Thomas A. Constantine dies at age of 76

Thomas A. Constantine

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Thomas A. Constantine, the former tough-talking chief of the DEA, died May 3 at a hospice in Pinehurst, N.C., the Washington Post reports. 

He was 76.

Constantine. who died after getting a staph infection, was chosen as the head of the DEA by President Bill Clinton in 1994 after the former cop and investigator led successful crackdowns on drugs in New York.

The n0-nonsense leader of the DEA launched aggressive campaigns to knock down some of the drug operations in Mexico and Central America. But he quickly found out that the well-connected and well-financed drug cartels were ruthless, determined and capable of influencing police and politicians.

Constantine was born in Buffalo on Dec. 23, 1938 and began his law enforcement in 1960 as a sheriff’s deputy.

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Justice Department Blasts DEA for Lax Punishment of Agents Behind Cruel Detainment

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department criticized the DEA for the lax discipline of agents who detained a San Diego college student and left him without food or water for five days, NPR reports. 

Daniel Chong was handcuffed and left in a dark room during the 2012 detention in which he tried to stay hydrated by drinking his own urine.

“What happened to Mr. Chong is unacceptable,” the Justice Department said in a letter released Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The DEA’s failure to impose significant discipline on these employees further demonstrates the need for a systemic review of DEA’s disciplinary process.”

Chong settled with the government for $4.1 million.

“I didn’t stay sane,” he told All Things Considered’s Audie Cornish in May 2012, weeks after his arrest. “Eventually, by the second or third night … I went completely insane and was just trying to get a grip on reality, on what’s happening to me.”

Agents Slapped on Wrist for Placing College Student in Holding Cell for 5 Days with No Water, Food

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DEA agents who left a 23-year-old college student in a holding cell for five days without food or water for allegedly possessing marijuana received a slap on the wrist.

The agents, who said they forgot about Daniel Chong, were reprimanded or received short suspensions, even though the illegally detained student nearly died and drank his own urine to stave off hydration, The Los Angeles Times reports. 

The Justice Department told Congress that “what happened to Mr. Chong is unacceptable” and that “the DEA’s failure to impose significant discipline on these employees further demonstrates the need for a systemic review of DEA’s disciplinary process.”

Chong was left to die, his hands handcuffed behind his back in a windowless cell. Someone even turned off the light halfway through the ordeal.

Chong was hospitalized for four days and sued the DEA, winning a $4.1 million settlement.

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Joseph Piersante Becomes First DEA Agent to Receive Secretary of Defense Medal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DEA Agent Joseph Piersante, who was shot and wounded by enemy gun fire while on a counter-terrorism and narcotics mission in Afghanistan in 2011, became the first DEA agent to receive the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom.

The The Defense of Freedom Medal is the civilian equivalent of the military’s Purple Heart, according to a DEA press release issued Thursday, on the day of the award.

The press release said:

 Piersante’s recovery from this life-threatening event has been nothing short of miraculous. Through hard work and determination, as well as incredible doctors, EMTs, team members, therapists, trainers, family, and friends along the way, he has returned to his Special Agent duties at DEA FAST headquarters in Virginia. In addition, Piersante has inspired many in and out of law enforcement, participating in speaking engagements, motivational opportunities, and training in areas such as overcoming adversity, never giving up, and putting your life on the line for the good of our great nation. His inspirational story will continue forever to be told not just by him, but by many in and out of DEA.