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Archive for May 25th, 2021

FBI Investigates Suspicious Package Delivered to Sen. Rand Paul’s Home

Sen. Rand Paul

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating a suspicious package filled with white powder that was delivered to Sen. Rand Paul’s home in Kentucky. 

The bureau is inspecting the large envelope in hopes of identifying the substance, CBS WLKY reports

“I take these threats immensely seriously,” Paul tweeted Monday. “As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family.”

Paul appears to be referring to musician Richard Marx, who tweeted Sunday, “If I ever meet Rand Paul’s neighbor I’m going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he consume.”

In 2017, Paul was assaulted by his neighbor, Rene Boucher. Paul sustained broken ribs and bruised lungs. 

Michael Nordwall Tapped to Serve As Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Pittsburgh Office

Special Agent Michael D. Nordwall

By Steve Neavling

Michael D. Nordwall, a section chief in the Criminal Division of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh Field Office. 

Nordwall’s career as a special agent began in 2002, when he was first assigned to the Phoenix Field Office working on counterterrorism, violent crime, crimes in Indian Country, and organized crime. 

Nordwall was promoted in 2009 to supervisory special agent in the Operations Unit of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at headquarters.

In 2011, Nordwall transferred to the Tampa Field Office in Florida, where he oversaw an organized crime drug enforcement strike force known as Panama Express. 

In 2014, Nordwall was tapped to serve as an associate director in the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Executive Office, where he was the primary representative for federal law enforcement. Nordwall also oversaw the attorney general’s Consolidated Priority Organization Target program, which focused government efforts on disrupting and dismantling the most significant criminal organizations.

In 2016, Nordwall returned to the Tampa Field Office to oversee the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

In June 2018, he was transferred to the Denver Field Office to serve as assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Branch and all Colorado resident agencies.

In 2019, he was promoted to chief of the Transnational Organized Crime Global Section in the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters. 

Nordwall received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Auburn University in Alabama. Before joining the FBI, he worked in the petrochemical industry.