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Ex-FBI Agent Featured in Tv Episode on Steroids

Greg Stejskal

Greg Stejskal columnist Greg Stejskal is featured in an episode on the Investigation Discovery network about steroids.

By Amalie Nash
Ann Arbor News
ANN ARBOR, Mi. — Retired Ann Arbor FBI Agent Greg Stejskal jokes that he was hoping Clint Eastwood would play him. Stejskal is indeed portrayed by an actor – not exactly Eastwood, though – in an upcoming episode of “Undercover: Double Life,” on the cable network Investigation Discovery.

The hour-long episode, airing Tuesday for the first time, focuses on Operation Equine, an investigation into steroid trafficking that began in Ann Arbor in 1989.

That investigation later generated controversy when Stejskal revealed in 2005 that he had warned Major League Baseball years earlier about steroid use among players after arresting the personal trainer of star player Jose Canseco.

The Investigation Discovery piece – which The News got a sneak peak of this week – focuses on Bill Randall, the undercover agent Stejskal chose to pose as a gym owner interested in getting steroids for some clients.

Randall and Stejskal are extensively interviewed, interspersed with a number of flashback scenes showing them – portrayed by actors – working together on the case. Randall was assigned to the Detroit FBI office and now lives in Oakland County.

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Can You Spell C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N? Mexico Must Deal With Corrupt System When Battling Drug Cartels

REYNOSA, Mexico — An army convoy on the hunt for traffickers rolled out of its base recently in this border town under the control of the Gulf Cartel — and an ominous voice crackled over a two-way radio frequency to announce just that.

The voice, belonging to a cartel spy, then broadcast the soldiers’ route through the city, turn by turn, using the same military language as the soldiers.

“They’re following us,” Col. Juan José Gómez, who was monitoring the transmission from the front seat of an olive-green pickup truck, said with a shrug.

The presence of the informers, some of them former soldiers, highlights a central paradox in Mexico’s ambitious and bloody assault on the drug cartels that have ravaged the country. The nation has launched a war, but it cannot fully rely on the very institutions — the police, customs, the courts, the prisons, even the relatively clean army — most needed to carry it out.

The cartels bring in billions of dollars more than the Mexican government spends to defeat them, and they spend their wealth to bolster their ranks with an untold number of politicians, judges, prison guards and police officers — so many police officers, in fact, that entire forces in cities across Mexico have been disbanded and rebuilt from scratch.

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FBI Probing Missouri State Lawmakers

A major scandal is brewing in Missouri. One lawmaker has even recorded conversation of suspect lawmakers. This should be interesting as it continues to unfold.

By Steve Kraske
Kansas City Star
FBI agents are investigating Missouri lawmakers in connection with several alleged “pay for play” schemes in which legislative favors are bestowed only after campaign donations are made.

Three lawmakers told The Kansas City Star that they had been talking with agents and providing information. At least one lawmaker said he had recorded private conversations with lawmakers under scrutiny for the investigators.

The inquiry began at least a year ago and has continued into the current session of the General Assembly.

Joel Sealer, a spokesman for the FBI, said he could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation and declined to comment further. The FBI’s Kansas City office is charged with overseeing western Missouri, including Jefferson City.

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Ex-Gov. Blago Targeted 4 Sen. Candidates to Help Raise $2.3 Mil in Contributions

This document is likely to show up in the trial of ex-Gov. Blagojevich, portraying him as a shakedown artist. Whatever the case, you can certainly say this man knew how to raise funds. Now he needs to raise funds for his legal bills.

Chicago Sun-Times
Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

CHICAGO — Four potential candidates for President Obama’s vacant Senate seat were each to be targeted for contributions by ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign as part of an aggressive, $2.3 million race for cash late last year, an internal campaign document obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows.

The four were among about 150 people targeted for contributions by the Friends of Blagojevich campaign organization by the end of 2008, when a new Illinois law took effect that bans taking money from state contractors and appointees, the document shows.

Sources also said Blagojevich was worried at the time about his growing legal bills.

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Homeland Chief Puts the Brakes on Immigration Raids

The new Homeland Security is putting the brakes on business as usual on Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. That’s a good thing. It was needed. But now let’s see what changes ultimately come about. Hopefully it leads to a smarter policy.

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Janet Napolitano/gov photo

Janet Napolitano/gov photo

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks, asking agents in her department to apply more scrutiny to the selection and investigation of targets as well as the timing of raids, federal officials said.
A senior department official said the delays signal a pending change in whom agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement choose to prosecute — increasing the focus on businesses and executives instead of ordinary workers.

“ICE is now scrutinizing these cases more thoroughly to ensure that [targets] are being taken down when they should be taken down, and that the employer is being targeted and the surveillance and the investigation is being done how it should be done,” said the official, discussing Napolitano’s views about sensitive law enforcement matters on the condition of anonymity.

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FBI and ATF Bust Drug-Dealing Philly Cop

philly-map2It’s always a good day when the feds can take a crooked cop off the street. Unfortunately, most big city police departments have too many.

Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — ALHINDE WEEMS, armed with his gun and Philadelphia police badge, allegedly was pumped and ready to go.

After weeks of covert meetings and careful planning, Weems met yesterday morning at a local hotel with two of his trusted associates, eager to finally put his scheme in motion. The 5 1/2-year police veteran was ready to rob – and possibly shoot – a narcotics supplier, law-enforcement officials said.

And then everything fell apart. FBI agents swarmed in and arrested Weems, 33, the main target of a three-month corruption investigation run by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Trying to Stay Out of Prison: Says He’ll Pay Some of His Taxes

Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

This guy has tangled with the law endless times, often testing his luck. Can he stay out of prison? Federal prosecutors say enough is enough. He should serve some time for his latest shenanigans.  But don’t bet on the mayor running out of luck.

By Hamil R. Harris and Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — D.C. Council member Marion Barry said yesterday that two-thirds of his $277,000 federal tax debt consists of interest and penalties and that he plans to make a payment on his 2007 D.C. tax bill Monday.

The former mayor said in a telephone interview that he took responsibility for his behavior but that federal prosecutors are being unfair in asking a judge to revoke his probation for tax offenses.

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