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January 2012


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Fast and Furious Redux?

Rep. Issa/gov photo

By Danny Fenster

It appears that members of Congress have found a new ATF operation to scrutinize.

But unlike Fast and Furious, the operation–code-named White Gun–has been defended by the agency as a “well-managed investigation” which resulted in the arrest and conviction of three individuals, reports LA Times.

Still, critics are skeptical.

“Apparently guns got away again,” an unnamed source close to the investigation told the Times. “How many got into Mexico, who knows?” The Congressional probe into the matter is being led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

The Times reports that operations White Gun and Fast and Furious both began in the fall of 2009, and that the same officials from the ATF ran both operations.

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FBI Exec. Asst. Dir. Warns of Dangers Online

FBI's Shawn Henry /fbi file photo

Danny Fenster

Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI, had some dire warnings for attendants of the International Conference on Cyber Security, in New York, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday.

Criminal hackers pose risk that are “existential, meaning it could eliminate whole companies,” he said. Hackers tampering with things such as the power grid “could actually cause death,” Henry said. He also mentioned FBI investigations into a small company that had gone out of business after hackers stole $5 million, another which lost a decade’s worth of research and development, and another who encrypted computer health systems for hostage, demanding a fee for the password.

“We’ve seen the number and sophistication of the attacks by these cyber actors increase dramatically,” Henry said, according to the Huffington Post. “Hundreds of millions of dollars have been stolen, primarily through the financial services sector, just in the last couple years.”

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Judge Whacks Ala. Bank Robbers With Tough Sentences

By Danny Fenster

A couple of Alabama bank robbers got hit with some pretty  stiff sentences, the FBI said Wednesday.

Antoine Jamar Harper was sentenced to 39 years and 3 months, and Aaron Thomas was sentenced to 72 years and 7 months in prison for their roles in a violent strong of robberies near Montgomery, Ala., according to the FBI.

Both men plead guilty to armed robbery charges from January and March of 2010, as well as charges of “brandishing a gun during a crime of violence.” Thomas also plead guilty to a couple of additional robberies in December 2009.

The ATF, FBI and local police worked together to investigate the crimes.


FBI Seeking Five Members of Cartel-Like Gang in San Diego

By Danny Fenster

Five members of the cartel-like Los Palillos gang, a blight on life in San Diego, remain at large while the FBI continues searching for them, reports 10 News.

“It’s as if a group of serial killers moved from Tijuana into San Diego and started murdering citizens here,” deputy district attorney Mark Amador said of the group, who are said to be responsible for a kidnapping and killing spree across San Diego county, according to the station.

A Los Palillos member was seen on surveillance cameras casing a wealthy entrepreneur’s home in area in 2009; just days later, the homeowner was kidnapped and held hostage. FBI swat tracked down the hostage holders, apprehending six, but the others got away.

“We believe some of these members are down in Mexico but it doesn’t preclude them from traveling around Mexico or possibly up here,” said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth, the station reported.

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Latin Kings National Leader Gets 60 Years

By Danny Fenster

The highest-ranking leader in the United States of the notorious street gang the Latin Kings was sentenced in Chicago to 60 years in federal prison on Wednesday, according to a statement from the FBI.

Augustin Zambrano, 51, was given the statutory maximum. He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other charges involving drug trafficking in April of last year. Zambrano was a “Corona” of the Almighty Latin King Nation, according to the FBI, responsible for overseeing and orchestrating “the illegal activities of all factions of the powerful street gang,” the FBI says. The gang has around 10,000 members in Illinois alone.

Zambrano went by the names “Big Tino,” “Tino,” “Old Man,” and “Viejo.”

He and three co-defendants were convicted of running a criminal enterprise to enrich themselves  through drug-trafficking, preserving and protecting their power, territory and revenue with murder, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, extortion, and other acts of violence.

“This investigation has held to hold the leaders of the Latin Kings like Zambrano responsible for their iron-fisted leadership of a criminal enterprise responsible for murders and attempted murders. As the CEO of this gang, Zambrano bears responsibility for its criminal acts,” said Chicago  U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald in a statement.

Prosecutors fought for a maximum sentence by saying that Zambrano “chose violence at every turn.”


More Suburbs Competing to Attract FBI Headquarters

By Allan Lengel

The battle to attract the new FBI headquarters is blossoming.

The Examiner reports that Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia endorsed a site adjacent to the Franconia/Springfield Metro station as a potential new location. The current FBI building in D.C.  on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, several blocks from the Capitol,  is crumbling and too small to accommodate all the employees, who are spread out in different facilities.

Other suburbs competing for the building are Prince George’s County in Maryland, just outside D.C., and Loudoun County, in Virginia, which is considered an outer county of D.C.

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Blast Shakes Houses, Result of FBI Testing

By Danny Fenster

The FBI is apparently shaking things up a little bit  in Allegany County, Md.

Residents  had their mid-morning coffee interrupted by the sound of a loud blast Wednesday morning, the result of a test conducted by the FBI.

The blast shook some residents’ homes, reports the Cumberland Times-News. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed to the paper that the controlled blast was part of the bureau’s test, performed in a remote localilty on open and unoccupied property. That office was not involved in the testing, but had helped the FBI find the location.

About 30 people called 911 after the first blast occurred at 10:45 a.m. Tests ended after the calls came in.

“We are not commenting on this,” FBI spokesman for the Baltimore office Rich Wolf told

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Reality TV Star’s Husband One of 15 Arrested in Detroit Fed Drug Bust

By Danny Fenster

The real life plot of reality TV star Deelishis seems more dramatic than that on television.

The African-American news website NewsOne points out that Chandra Davis, the star of reality show “Flava of Love,” is married to Orlando Gordon, one of the men picked up in a major drug bust in Detroit previously reported on by ticklethewire.

The couple’s home in suburban Franklin, Mich., was raided by feds, who found kilos of marijuana, grams of crack cocaine, firearms and more the $500,000 in cash, according to NewsOne.

The FBI called the bust one of the biggest in suburban Detroit, with the ring operating throughout southeast Michigan and filtering hundreds of thousands of dollars worth drugs into the area.

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