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Calif. Man Pleads Guilty to Fed Charges of Posting Hollywood Films on Internet


By Allan Lengel

If there’s any place on earth that takes the illegal distribution of movies seriously, it’s the Los Angeles area.

Derek Hawthorne, 21, is learning that the hard way.

Hawthorne pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles to two felony counts of illegally uploading copyrighted works. He was busted by the U.S. Secret Service.

Authorities charged that Hawthorne uploaded on the Internet for all to see “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Australia”, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The movies had been released in the theaters, but had yet to be released on DVD. Sentencing is set for Sept. 28.


N.Y. DEA and Locals Bust Heroin Ring that Hid Drugs in Toy Bears

heroin stuffed in teddy bear/dea photo
heroin stuffed in teddy bear/dea photo

Agents have seen it all when it comes to hiding drugs like heroin. Here’s the latest hide-and-seek game where the dealers lost.

BY Samuel Goldsmith
NEW YORK –– They don’t stock this option at your local Build-A-Bear store.

Authorities announced Saturday a massive heroin bust in the Bronx, where dealers were moving millions of dollars in dope inside Build-A-Bear dolls.

The drugs were packaged in tiny glassine bags branded with names like Barack Obama, Swine Flu and Crime 360, a nod to a detective series on A&E.

“The agents walk in and there’s heroin and all the dime bags and the Build-A-Bears just sitting there,” said Erin Mulvey, spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

State, local and federal law enforcement officers seized 33 pounds of heroin with a street value of about $33 million and arrested 12 people on Friday. The suspects were waiting to be arraigned late Saturday.

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25 Guns Found at Airport Checkpoints During Holiday Week


By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — The holiday week from June 29 to July 5 brought more than fireworks and hotdogs.

The Transportation Security Administration reported finding 25 firearms at airport checkpoints around the nation during that period.

Also during that time, six passengers were arrested for suspicious behavior or for fraudulent travel documents, the TSA said.

Baltimore U.S. Atty. Hires 3 Prosecutors to Work Exclusively on Gangs

baltimoreBy Allan Lengel

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore announced Monday that it has hired three new prosecutors to focus exclusively on gangs in a community that has seen the presence of such groups as MS-13, TTP Bloods and the Black Guerilla Family.

“A record number of federal prosecutors are now pursuing cases against violent criminals, and the volume of federal violent crime prosecutions continues to increase,” said U.S. Atty. Rod Rosenstein in a prepared statement. “The new gang prosecutors will allow us to devote even more resources to joint efforts with our local, state and federal partners to put dangerous gangs out of business.”

The U.S. Attorneys office said the new gang unit will be funded for an initial two-year term.

The new gang prosecutors include: Clinton Fuchs, Thiru Vignarajah and William Moomau.

Fuchs served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles and Richard J. Leon before joining a private law firm. Moomau was previously chief of the Homicide Unit of Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. And Vagnarajah served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Guido Calabresi and Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer before joining a law firm.

Transportation Security Admin. Agent Arrested at Newark Airport

Airport crowd

By Allan Lengel

Well,  it’s always a little awkward when someone from the Transportation Security Administration, which oversees our airports, gets arrested.

But that’s what happened Friday morning at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The Associated Press reports that airport authorities arrested TSA  agent  Wanda Weems of Newark after she boarded a Continental Airlines flight bound for Houston without going through the pre-flight screening.

The wire service reported that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman John Kelly indicated the woman was wanted on traffic-related warrants. (A typical airport check would not have discovered that.)

As a result of Weems’s antics, the Associated Press reports that the flight was delayed for more than an hour. Passengers were taken off the plane and screened again.

Authorities did not disclose why Weems avoided the security.

U.S. Park Service Police Arrest D.C.’s Marion Barry For Stalking Ex-Girlfriend

Councilman Marion Barry

Councilman Marion Barry

Here’s a guy who just can’t avoid the arm of the law. You’d think at this stage of his life he would have figured it out.

By Tim Craig and Jenna Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — D.C. Council member Marion Barry found himself mired in more political, legal and personal drama yesterday after his arrest late Saturday on charges that he was stalking a female companion.

Barry’s latest run-in with the law centers on his relationship with political consultant Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, who alleges that he continues to approach her even though they split up a few months ago.

Barry, Watts-Brighthaupt and police gave conflicting accounts of how the former mayor ended up in police custody Saturday night after attending several Fourth of July functions.

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