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FBI Raids NYPD’s Union And Home of Its Leader, Who Resigned Hours Later

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Tuesday raided the offices of a New York City police union and the home of its leader, who resigned later in the day. 

Agents executed search warrants at the headquarters of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) and the Port Washington home of Ed Mullins, who headed the union since 2002, NBC News reports.

The union’s executive board said in a letter to SBA members that it had requested Mullins’ resignation and he accepted. 

“The nature and scope of this criminal investigation has yet to be determined,” the board wrote. “However, it is clear that President Mullins is apparently the target of the federal investigation. We have no reason to believe that any other member of the SBA is involved or targeted in this matter.”

Details of the investigation weren’t clear. 

FBI spokeswoman Adrienne Senatore only said that agents “were conducting a law enforcement operation pursuant to an ongoing investigation” at the union’s offices and Mullins home. 

The public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York assisted in the raid. 

Deputy U.S. Marshal Killed in Car Crash While on Duty

Deputy U.S. Marshal Jared Keyworth

By Steve Neavling

A deputy U.S. Marshal died in an on-duty car crash near Florence, Mississippi, while he was helping with an enforcement mission. 

Jared Keyworth, who was stationed in Baton Rouge, was airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on Sept. 28, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.

“The U.S. Marshals Service is deeply saddened by the loss of SI Keyworth. We are a close-knit family and Jared’s loss will be felt throughout the entire organization,” USMS Director Ronald L. Davis said in a statement. “This tragedy is a reminder of the inherent risks our men and women face on a daily basis.”

Details of the car crash weren’t immediately available.

Keyworth, an 11-year veteran of USMS, was a member of the Marshals Service’s Investigative Operations Division. 

DEA Agent Killed, Another in Critical Condition After Shooting on Amtrak Train

By Steve Neavling

A passenger aboard an Amtrak train in Tucson, Ariz., shot and killed a DEA agent and critically injured another while conducting a routine inspection for illegal drugs and guns. 

A city police officer, who was a member of a DEA joint task force, was also shot and in stable condition, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said at a news conference, The New York Times reports

“They were checking for illegal guns, money, drugs,” Chief Magnus said. “This is something they do, as I said, routinely at pretty much all transit hubs.”

The gunman, who barricaded himself inside a bathroom, also died, but it wasn’t clear whether he was killed by law enforcement or turned the gun on himself. Another suspect was arrested. 

Police were still trying to figure out what prompted the shooting, and Magnus said he wasn’t sure if any drugs or guns were found on the train. 

The shooting broke out while the double-decker train stopped at the station in Tucson at about 8 a.m. local time.

The injured DEA agent was placed in the rear of a patrol car and rushed to Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson. An ambulance transported the injured police officer to a hospital. 

Tucson police said the agent was in critical condition. 

“We at the D.E.A. are heartbroken by today’s events and ask that you keep the families of the agents and task force officer in your thoughts and prayers,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said in a statement. 

Former Trump Press Secretary Reveals Secret Service Nicknamed Melania Trump ‘Rapunzel’

File photo via Secret Service.

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service nicknamed Melania Trump “Rapunzel” because she rarely left the White House, according to a new book by former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.  

Agents requested working with Melania because it gave them more time to work with their families, Grisham writes in the the book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” The Washington Post reports.

Grisham describes Melania as stubborn and so obsessed with self-care that she donned a robe and slippers as soon as she boarded Air Force One. 

She spent a lot of her time with her son Barron or her parents. 

When Trump’s alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniel was publicized, Melania tried to embarrass her husband. At one point, she walked arm-in-arm with a handsome military aide during the first State of the Union address because, Melania insisted, the Capitol floors were slippery. 

“I laughed to myself because I’d seen the woman navigate dirt roads in her heels,” Grisham writes.

Sen. Schumer Calls on ATF to ‘Deliver Exorcism’ on Ghost Guns

Chuck Schumer, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling

Sen. Chuck Schumer is urging the ATF to crack down on “ghost guns” amid an alarming increase in seizures of the do-it-yourself firearms.

“Because of the proliferation of ghost guns throughout New York we need the admin to issue this rule as soon as possible,” Schumer said, The Daily News reports. “When it comes to the ghost guns, we want the ATF to deliver an exorcism.”

The firearms, which are sold without background checks, are untraceable and ending up in the hands of killers. In 2006, the ATF stopped considering ghost guns as firearms.

Seizures of ghost guns have sharply increased in New York City, where police confiscated 145 in 2020 and 135 so far this year, compared to 17 in 2018 and 48 in 2019. 

Schumer wants the ATF to ensure that ghost guns are subject to federal gun regulations, including background checks. He also said the ATF should mandate that anyone who sells ghost gun parts should register as gun vendors. 

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DEA Makes Major Bust As Part of 8-Week Crackdown on Fentanyl-Laced Pills

Pills laced with fentanyl. Photo: DEA

By Steve Neavling

The DEA arrested 810 people and seized more than 1.8 million counterfeit pills containing fentanyl as part of an eight-week crackdown on fake, dangerous prescription drugs. 

“During the past eight weeks, DEA has targeted the criminal drug networks flooding the U.S. with deadly, fentanyl-laced fake pills,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said in a statement. “DEA remains steadfast in its commitment reduce drug-related violence and overdose deaths by dismantling the violent, criminal drug distribution networks across the United States. The fentanyl-laced fake pills seized by DEA could potentially kill more than 700,000 Americans. I urge the American public today to talk to their loved ones about the threats and dangers of fake pills and the simple fact that one pill can kill.”

On Tuesday, the DEA issued a rare warning about mass-produced, fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills that have been linked to fatalities. 

According to the alert, more than 9.5 million counterfeit pills have been seized so far this year, which is more than the last two years combined. 

Lab testing found that the pills contain at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a lethal dose. 

Criminal drug networks from Mexico are manufacturing the pills, which look like real prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydocodone, alprazolam, and amphetamines such as Adderall, and are distributing the drugs through U.S. networks.

“Opioids were responsible for nearly three quarters of the more than 93,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States in 2020,” Deputy Attorney General Monaco said. “The pervasiveness of these illicit drugs, and the fatal overdoses that too often result, is a problem that cuts across America from small towns to big cities and everything in between. One pill can kill. The department will continue to use all of the resources at its disposal to save lives, complementing strong enforcement efforts with public awareness and outreach campaigns, as well.”

Alleged Murderer Who Had Been on FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List Has Died of COVID-19

By Steve Neavling

An accused Las Vegas murderer and gang member who was previously on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list has died from a COVID-19 infection. 

Jesus Munguia, 44, was arrested in February 2018 for the brutal murder of his wife, Sherryl Sacueza, whose body was found in the driveway of her home in July 2008.

Munguia was on the run for nine years when he was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in November 2017. 

Munguia was tracked down and arrested in Mexico. 

After numerous delays, Munguia’s trial was scheduled for Nov. 15, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Before his arrest, Special Agent Andrew Attridge called Sacueza’s murder a “vicious killing” and warned that Munguia was dangerous. 

“We know he is a violent individual, and he also appears to be smart in terms of evading capture,” Attridge said at the time.