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Archive for December 5th, 2008

DEA Dedicates $16.4 Million Building For Training to Deal With Methamphetamine

DEA Agents Simulate Meth Raid During Dedication/ticklethewire.com photo

DEA Agents Simulate Meth Raid During Building Dedication/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com

QUANTICO , Va. — DEA agents in swat outfits simulated raids on a makeshift methamphetamine lab inside the new-two story building.  A studious-looking man in a white lab coat chatted about the scientific side of the highly-addictive drug made of potentially flammable and explosive chemicals.
It was all part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s dedication Friday for a new $16.4 million clandestine laboratory training and research center in Quantico that has classrooms, labs and a staging area to practice raids on the dangerous meth labs.
John McCarty, special agent in charge of training for the DEA Academy, said the facility will train federal and local law enforcement people around the world to deal with a drug he says is in a class onto itself.
“Hardly anyone recovers” from meth addiction, he said. “It’s one of the most hideous drugs.”

DEA Forensic Chemist Joe Bozenko Explains the Science

DEA Forensic Chemist Joe Bozenko Explains the Science

DEA Agents Show Gear To Protect in Meth Lab Raids/ticklethewire.com photo

DEA Agents Show Protective Gear Used in Meth Lab Raids/ticklethewire.com photo

Head of New England Border Protection Charged With Hiring Illegal Immigrants to Clean Home

Only ONE Question: What is wrong with this picture?


By Jonathan Saltzman and Andrew Ryan
Boston Globe
BOSTON — The regional director of Homeland Security, Customs, and Border Protection was charged today with repeatedly hiring illegal immigrants to clean her Salem home after one cleaner wore a wire during an undercover investigation.
Lorraine Henderson is the director of the Port of Boston, overseeing 190 armed federal officers who patrol major airports and shipping terminals in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
“She’s supposed to be deporting aliens, not hiring them,” said Assistant US Attorney Brian T. Kelly, chief of the public corruption unit.
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Feds Correct Errors and Indict Barry Bonds for Third Time

In this case, the feds have decided, if you can’t get it right the first or second time, try try again.

By Lance Williams
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 4)– Federal prosecutors in San Francisco indicted Barry Bonds for a third time today, once again rewriting the charges facing the former Giants star to correct technical errors.
Under the new indictment, Bonds is charged with 10 counts of lying under oath and one count of obstruction of justice, all in connection with his testimony in 2003 before the grand jury that investigated the BALCO steroids scandal.
The government contends that Bonds, 44, lied when he said he had never knowingly used banned drugs obtained from the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative in Burlingame or from his trainer, Greg Anderson.
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Disastrous Real Estate Market Even Hurting Feds Efforts to Sell Seized Properties In Criminal Cases

There’s not much that the disastrous real estate market hasn’t impacted. Now we see it’s even hurting the feds ability to sell seized properties.

By Ed White
Associated Press
DETROIT – Federal prosecutors twice pursued a former autoworker suspected of running a multimillion-dollar drug operation. The first attempt fizzled when Clarence Carson died shortly after an indictment. The second? Blame it on the collapse of Detroit’s real-estate market.
The government recently abandoned a plan to sell nearly three dozen properties – land, houses and strip malls – believed to have been acquired by Carson through heroin, marijuana and cocaine sales.
“The market tanked,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Ziedas said. “If we were able to effectively market these and come up with some kind of return, we would have done it.”
Like any seller, the U.S. Marshals Service, which is in charge of getting rid of assets grabbed by the Justice Department, is finding that location is the key to real estate these days.
“We are dealing with markets that have either declined slightly or tanked in different regions,” said Dave Turner, a Marshals Service spokesman in Washington.

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Convicted Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly Breaks Silence: Denies Role in Mob Murder

His sentence was delayed until January. But during a hearing Thursday in Miami, ex-Boston FBI agent John Connolly accused the prosecutor of hiding evidence and denied having any role in a mob murder.

By Rich Phillips
CNN Senior Producer
MIAMI, Fla. — Former FBI agent John Connolly, whose fall from celebrated mob-buster to paid gangland flunky captivated a South Florida courtroom for weeks, broke his long silence Thursday at his sentencing hearing.
Connolly, 68, denied having any role in a 1982 mob hit, telling the family of slain businessman John Callahan: “It’s heart breaking to hear what happened to your father, and to your husband … My heart is broken when I hear what you say.”
Later, under a spirited cross-examination, Connolly explained that rubbing elbows with killers and gangsters and winning their confidence was part of the job. His attorney argued, “He did what the FBI wanted him to do and now all of a sudden, he’s responsible for all these heinous acts.”
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Connolly Says Mobster Whitey Bulger Called Him To Talk About Surrendering (Boston Globe)

Ex-FBI Agent Convicted in Mob Murder Tells Boston Globe He Was on The Up and Up

Two Texas Border Patrol Agents Charged With Drug Trafficking

The temptation to make money beyond the government paycheck may have been too much for two Border Patrol agents down in Texas.

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
Associated Press Writer
McALLEN, Texas – Two South Texas Border Patrol agents appeared in federal court Thursday on charges alleging they helped drug traffickers move their product across the U.S.-Mexico border.
A grand jury in Houston returned sealed indictments Dec. 1 against Leonel Morales, 30, of the Border Patrol’s Laredo sector and Salomon Ruiz, 34, of the Rio Grande Valley sector.
Both men made their initial appearances in federal courthouses in McAllen and Laredo on Thursday after the FBI arrested them Wednesday. They will remain in custody until their respective detention hearings next week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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Suggestions For Other Top Posts in Homeland Security

Now that President-elect Obama has picked Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to head Homeland Security, the administration can start filling other key spots in the department. Rich Cooper of Security DeBrief throws in his two cents as to who should get those spots.

By Rich Cooper
Security DeBrief

With the nomination of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the next DHS Secretary now official, I decided to put together another posting about prospective candidates for the ‘other tough jobs’ at DHS and who might be good choices to fill them.
While the Secretary may lead the Department of 200,000+ on a daily basis and be the voice and face for leading and communicating major events and threats whenever and wherever they occur, they can not do the job alone.

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