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Archive for April 18th, 2022

Jurors Bought ‘Stupidity Defense’ in Whitmer Kidnap Case, Retired Agent says

By Allan Lengel

Jurors in the Gretchen Whitmer kidnap case seemed to buy the argument that the four defendants weren’t very sophisticated or capable of pulling off a complex plot to snuff out the governor, says retired Michigan FBI agent Greg Stejskal.

Rather than the entrapment defense, “it would seem more to me that the stupidity defense was successful,” he says in an interview with ticklethewire.com Editor Allan Lengel, who is also editor of Deadline Detroit.

Stejskal is a columnist for ticklethewire.com.

DEA Warns That Fentanyl Is Causing ‘Mass-Overdose Events’ Nationwide

The DEA seized 15,000 pounds of fentanyl in one year. Photo: Shutterstock

By Steve Neavling

The DEA warned local authorities about “mass-overdose events” from fentanyl. 

In a letter to local, state and federal law enforcement, the DEA said there has been a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass overdoses, which is defined as three or more overdoses in the same location within a close time frame.

The DEA reported at least seven confirmed mass overdose events nationwide, which resulted in 58 total overdoses and 29 overdose-related deaths. 

The events include six overdoses at a rental property in Wilton Manors, Fla., 21 overdoses – three of them fatal – at a homeless shelter in Austin, Texas, and 10 overdoses – nine of them fatal – on the same block in Washington D.C. 

In many of the events, fentanyl was mixed with cocaine or crack-cocaine, and the drug users did not know they were ingesting fentanyl. 

“These mass-overdose events typically occur in one of the following recurring scenarios: when drug dealers sell their product as “cocaine,” when it actually contains fentanyl; or when drug dealers sell fake prescription pills designed to appear nearly identical to legitimate prescriptions,” the letter states. “This is creating a nationwide trend where many overdose victims are dying after unknowingly ingesting fentanyl.” 

Homeland Security Reports Record Number of Encounters with Undocumented Immigrants

Border Patrol agent. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

A record number of undocumented immigrants were detained at the Southwest border last month, according to recently filed court records.

Homeland Security reported that CBP encountered 221,303 migrants at the southern border in March, which is a 28% increase from Mach 2021. 

By comparison, fewer than 35,000 migrants were encountered at the border in March 2020. 

Federal authorities are worried about a surge at the border as the Biden administration plans to rescind Title 42 health authority over undocumented immigrants. Under the current policy, migrants can be expelled quickly without a hearing on their asylum claims. 

In March, 123,304 immigrants were expelled under Title 42.