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DEA Signs New Cooperation Agreement With Mexico to Battle Meth

Michele Leonhart

By Allan Lengel

With the meth problem growing, DEA’s top boss Michele M. Leonhart announced Thursday the signing of a new memorandum of cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico “to aggressively address the continuing problem” of production.

In a press release, the DEA said the U.S. and Mexican officials enjoy a strong cooperative relationship that includes information and intelligence exchange, joint chemical control efforts, and training and resources for methamphetamine lab dismantling.

“With the majority of methamphetamine in the U.S. being produced by Mexican drug organizations operating on both sides of the border, it is essential for our two countries to target the problem together,” Leonhart said. “This  (agreement) enhances our intelligence sharing and joint training efforts, and is only possible due to the strong partnership with the Government of Mexico in attacking the meth scourge both countries unfortunately face.”

Mexico’s Attorney General Marisela Morales said, “Mexico and the United States are linked not only by economic, political and social bonds, but also by security and law enforcement issues.”

The DEA said Mexico has experienced a dramatic increase in clandestine methamphetamines lab and precursor chemical seizures.


New chief of Spokane Police Department Was Special Agent for Justice Department Office of Inspector General

Steve Neavling

 The new chief of the budget-challenged Spokane Police Department is a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General, the Spokesman-Review reports.

Mayor David Condon selected Frank Straub to head the police department – an appointment that must receive approval from the Spokane City Council.

Straub takes over at a time when the police department has the fewest numbers of officers since the mid-1990s.

“If you really want to be innovative in policing and you really want to get things done in policing, you get much more done in a department this size than you do in an Indianapolis-size department or Chicago or New York,” Straub said at a City Hall news conference, the Spokesman-Review reported.

FBI Prepares for Possibility of Violence at Democratic National Convention

Steve Neavling

 The FBI and Homeland Security are warning of concerns that anarchist groups may try to use improvised explosive devices at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

It’s unclear how real the threat is because the FBI routinely issues similar advisories ahead of major events and plans to heighten security.

The FBI also issued warnings about potential violence at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. next week., Charlotte Business Journal reported

What prompted the advisory isn’t known, but police said they are concerned about an extremist anarchist group called “Anonymous.”

FBI to Consolidate Field Offices in Mississippi

Steve Neavling

 The FBI is consolidating two offices in Mississippi into a larger one in Oxford as part of a budget-cutting move, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

But the move – relocating Tupelo and Greenville into Oxford –won’t affect staffing, an FBI spokeswoman told the Daily Journal.

“The consolidation will not affect the number of FBI resources in the northern part of the state, within the state of Mississippi or in the FBI Jackson Division,” said spokeswoman Deborah Madden, who declined to divulge whether other FBI offices were closing.

Tupelo’s office first opened in the mid-1960s to address the increasing activity of the Ku Klux Klan.

Retired Detective Remembers “Dog Day Afternoon” 40 years ago

Aaron Edwards
New York Times 

The woman’s body stiffened with each passing second as she sat anxiously in the back row of a 14-person limousine. Suddenly, a man sitting near her was fatally shot — killed by an F.B.I. agent, the culmination of nearly 14 hours of one of the more gripping criminal episodes in recent New York City history.

She wore a navy blue dress suit with a modest skirt, white button-down blouse, heels and stockings. Considering that she had spent more than half a day as a hostage inside a Brooklyn bank, she was remarkably well put-together and deceivingly composed. She had not cried, but she was terrified.

After what felt to the woman like an hour inside the limo, which had parked near a runway at Kennedy International Airport, the agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation turned from the driver’s seat and shot the man — one of the robbers who had taken hostages inside the bank — in the chest. The side doors were flung open by police officers.

“Out! Everyone out!” they yelled. “Get out!”

It was Aug. 22, 1972. The events — an attempted bank robbery, hostages seized, a news media circus and the F.B.I. shooting at the airport — were the inspiration for the 1975 crime drama “Dog Day Afternoon.”

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ABC Crime Drama to Feature Character Who is an ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel

A crime drama about an ATF agent is in the making.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that writer John Hlavin has sold to ABC a show “Shelter”  about “an ATF Agent whose real working-class Chicago life collides with his flashy Los Angeles cover when his wife is exposed to his criminal world, trapping them both undercover.”

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Inmates Ran Drug Ring in Indiana Prisons

Steve Neavling

Two inmates in Indiana are accused of running a drug enterprise out of prison with the help of cellphones smuggled in by guards, the Associated Press reports.

The pair, Oscar Perez and Justin Addler, who are housed at different prisons, sold methamphetamine and heroin to inmates, according to a federal indictment that charges 40 people.

Unsealed Wednesday, the indictment accuses corrections officer Jon Dobbins of possessing meth and delivering at least one phone to an inmate.

In one cell phone call, Addler guided a woman through a drug deal of 20 grams of heroin at a truck stop, the AP reported. Zx6kz2pk2m

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