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DEA Releases Wrongly Jailed Man Who Was Accused of Dealing Drugs in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has released a man wrongly jailed for two weeks after he was mistook as a drug dealer, CBS Los Angeles reports.

His girlfriend had been trying to tell authorities that Gerber Guzman’s identity had been stolen and he was not the man wanted for dealing drugs.

But it wasn’t until CBS Los Angeles got involved that federal authorities took action.

Guzman, who has been locked before because of the stolen identity, was pulled over for an expired car registration and was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.

“The thing is that they know it’s not him, but they still have him in there, and that’s what’s heartbreaking,” said Hernandez, who is eight months pregnant.

The DEA confirmed the mistake in a statement: “DEA is aware of claims that the man in custody is not the same person for whom the arrest warrant was issued. DEA takes all allegations of this nature seriously and is currently using ever resource at our disposal to address the matter.”

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Tampa Woman Faces Potential of Prison Time After Punching Homeland Security Agent in Face

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Tampa woman who punched a Homeland Security agent in the face may find herself in prison, the Associated Press reports.

Latrese Brantley, 40, faces up to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty Wednesday to assaulting a federal agent.

Brantley was causing a disturbance on the April 30 flight and was being escorted from the plane when she punched a Jet Blue employee.

She also punched a Homeland Security employee who came to help.

The employee suffered scratches and abrasions and required medical attention.

FBI Investigated Armed Supporters of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy are finding some more unwanted attention.

FBI agents have launching an investigation into the April 12 confrontation between Bundy, his supporters and law enforcement, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“I’ve said all along there has to be accountability for what took place on April 12,” Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.

The sheriff said the FBI is reviewing threats and assaults on law enforcement officials on the day of the showdown.

Of particular concern is supporters who were pointing weapons at law enforcement, the Review-Journal wrote.

Pakistan Temporarily Releases FBI Agent Caught Bordering Plane with Ammunition, Knives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Averting an escalating diplomatic spat, Pakistan freed an FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition, knives and electronic devices onto a plane in Karachi.

The Associated Press reports that Joel Cox, of the Miami Field Office, released on nearly $10,000 bail, just three days after he was arrested.

A Pakistani investigation found that Cox had no criminal intentions.

U.S. officials said Cox forgot to the equipment was in his luggage.

The investigation has been submitted to the court, where Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.

FBI Agent Arrested in Pakistan for Trying to Board Flight with Ammunition, Knife Likely to Be Released on Bail

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition and a knife onto a plane in Karachi may be released from jail today on $10,000 bail, the Washington Post reports this morning.

The agent has been identified as Joel Cox, who works in the Miami Field Office.

News of his possible release comes a day after Pakistani officials said he would be jailed until at least Saturday while awaiting anti-terrorism charges.

The tone in Pakistan has changed.

“The government can challenge the bail but since the offense is not serious enough they might not challenge it,” a police officer said.
Instead of facing anti-terrorism charges, as first reported, Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.
American officials confirmed that Cox was arrested after security found a knife and 15 9mm bullets in his luggage.

Border Patrol Flies Immigrants to El Paso Because of Influx Causing Long Delays And Bus Drives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So many immigrants crossed into South Texas illegally recently that Border Patrol flew many of them across the state for processing in El Paso Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

More than 100 detainees were flown from Brownsville in an effort to speed up processing following an average of 1,000 arrests a day in the Rio Grande Valley sector.

Immigrants were facing long wait times and often were forced to take hour-long bus rides to the Laredo and Del Rio for processing, the AP wrote.

“We’re utilizing all of the resources that we have available,” said Border Patrol spokesman Daniel Tirado. “We’re going to take advantage of that and farm out some of those detainees.”

Whether the flights become routine is unclear.

The goal of Border Patrol is to process immigrants and get the out of holding areas within 72 hours, Tirado said.

DEA-Led Crackdown on Synthetic Drugs Netted 150 Arrests Across 29 States

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA carried out a nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs early Wednesday, netting 150 arrests and at least $20 million in cash and assets, Time reports.

This is the second phase of an operation dubbed “Project Synergy,” which began in December 2012 and went after products marketed as “spice,” “bath salts,” and “molly.” Those drugs are dangerous because they’re often laced with illegal chemicals that cause dangerous symptoms and health problems.

The operation focused on 29 states and included roads of hundreds of warehouses, smoke shops and houses.

“Many who manufacture, distribute and sell these dangerous synthetic drugs found out first hand today that DEA will target, find and prosecute those who have committed these crimes,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Did FBI Agents Violate Rights of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect During Aggressive Interrogation?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s interrogation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev violated his rights while he he lay in pain in a hospital bed immediately following his arrest, his defense lawyers argued in court documents Wednesday.

The Chicago Tribune reports that FBI agents ignored Tsarnaev’s 10 requests for a lawyer even though authorities determined further dangers to the public did not exist.

“The questioning continued for hours, in what was obviously an effort to extract as much incriminating information as possible, without regard for the protections of the Fifth Amendment,” his lawyers wrote in the 21-page filing.

Lawyers are asking for the hospital statements to be suppressed because he was heavily sedated and in a lot of pain during the interviews.

Tsarnaev, 20, is charged with killing three people and wounding more than 260 others with his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed during a manhunt for the duo.