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Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector Gets New Deputy Chief Patrol Agent

border-patrol-san-diego-sectorBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector has a new deputy chief patrol agent.

Roy Villarreal has been selected to serve second-in-command of the sector, which is headquartered in Chula Vista, Patch.com reports. 

Villarreal replaced Rodney Scott, who was promoted to chief patrol agent of El Centro Sector in February.

Among Villarreal’s duties are providing oversight for more than 2,400 agents and 200 support staff throughout San Diego County and southern Riverside and Orange counties.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Demonizing American Muslims Accomplishes Nothing

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Editorial Board
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The bombs planted in New York and New Jersey on Sunday appear to have been the work of a radicalized Muslim man whose behavior and international travel followed familiar patterns.

Some prominent American political figures suggest that the way to deal with people like Ahmad Khan Rahami is to seal up our borders, isolate and profile members of domestic Muslim communities, and impose bans on all people traveling from nations where radicalized Muslims have operated previously.

Such responses appeal to the worst xenophobic tendencies among us, but they won’t solve the terrorism problem. In fact, they are certain to make it worse.

U.S. law enforcers at all levels depend on the cooperation of Muslim communities for intelligence about individuals who pose security threats. Police and FBI investigators cannot be everywhere. The people most attuned to what’s happening in their neighborhoods are the ones who worship at mosques, attend school and interact daily with potentially radicalized individuals.

Many serve as informants, and they do so in secret specifically because their lives could be in jeopardy if their status became known to the individuals under surveillance. Because it’s happening in secret, non-Muslim Americans have little appreciation for the reality.

Hate crimes against Muslims in America have reached their highest levels since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Houston Board Repairman Charged with Alleged Plot to Bomb Apartment Building

Suspect Cary Lee Ogborn

Suspect Cary Lee Ogborn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Houston boat repairman accused of plotting to bomb an apartment building was charged in federal court Monday.

Cary Lee Ogborn’s alleged plot was thwarted by an undercover FBI agent, the Houston Chronicle reports. 

“With terrorism, you don’t want to be reactive,” said Shauna Dunlap, spokeswoman for the FBI in Houston. “Our goal is to detect and deter events before they occur. An effective way to do this is through an undercover operation.”

The 50-year-old’s arrest Friday came after he received a package online that he thought contained dynamite, a grenade and a remote detonator.

According to the FBI, Ogborn ordered the explosives online through an underground website, AlphaBay. An FBI agent posed as a vendor and was able to foil the plot.

Authorities arrested him shortly after he picked up the package.

FBI Arrests Accused Gangster Disciples Leader in Louisiana

Shauntay Lamar Craig

Shauntay Lamar Craig, via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alleged leader of the Gangster Disciples was captured by the FBI and other law enforcement Sunday and is expected to be extradited to Atlanta to be charged with federal racketeering charges.

Shauntay Lamar Craig, 38, was arrested in Marrero, Louisiana, The Times-Picayune reports.

Authorities said Craig was a “board member” within the Gangster Disciples, who “are believed to be responsible for numerous murders and robberies, and are alleged to have engaged in extortion plots and drug/narcotics trafficking throughout the United States.”

Craig was indicted in April by a federal grand jury, along with 49 other suspected gang members, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations Act.

Craig was the only suspect to escape arrest at the time.

FBI: ‘No Indication’ of Terror Cell in New York, New Jersey Bombings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Kham Rahami, the 28-year-old arrested in connection with the weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey, does not appear to belong to a terror cell, authorities said.

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Law Enforcement officials said Rahami appeared to be working alone and was not part of a lager network, the Washington Post reports. 

Rahami was arrested Monday after a shootout with police.

Rahami was born in Afghanistan but is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

The 28-year-old was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of second-degree counts for possessing a handgun.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the bombs were “an act of terror,” said no one else was being sought at this time.

William Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York division, said authorities have found “no indication that there is a [terror] cell operating in the area.”

DEA Travels to China to Crack Down on Fentanyl That’s Added to Heroin

Fentanyl tablets

Fentanyl tablets

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fentanyl has been used as a powerful additive to heroin, and its use has been killing Americans.

Now the DEA is in China to help the government crack down on the manufacture of fentanyl, Chicago Sun Times reports.

While Mexico is the biggest heroin supplier, China is the leading supplier of fentanyl that is added to heroin to increase it strength, said Dennis Wichern, the special agent in charge of the DEA in Chicago and a five-state region.

“In the last three years we’ve seen an explosion of fentanyl,” Wichern said. “In Chicago, heroin- and fentanyl-related investigations have been priority No. 1.”

The DEA said the Chinese government is cooperating with U.S. drug agents.

“They recognize they have a problem with the synthetic drug explosion, as I call it,” Wichern said.

“The Chinese are all aboard. They’ve outlawed it. We’re working with them,” Wichern said. “We have agents on the ground every day in Beijing and Hong Kong working with the Chinese to stop this.”

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Justice Department Investigates Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man in Oklahoma

Unarmed Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by Tulsa Police.

Unarmed Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by Tulsa Police.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is investigating the police shooting of a black Oklahoma man who was unarmed and had his hands in the air after his SUV broke down.

The shooting occurred on the night of Sept. 16, when Tulsa police tased and then fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, CNN reports. 

The Tulsa Police Department released dash cam and police helicopter video of the incident. Police Chief Chuck Jordan said the footage was “very disturbing and difficult to watch.”

Police were dispatched after a woman called 911 to report an abandoned vehicle blocking the road.

One police officer in the helicopter described Crutcher as a “bad dude,” although there was no evidence to suggest that was the case.

Moments later, an police officer shot Crutcher.

“I’m going to tell you right here now: There was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle,” Jordan said.

Cops Nab Suspect in N.J. and New York Bombings After Shootout

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is suspected of being involved in the bombing incidents over the weekend in New York and New Jersey, was arrested after being shot multiple times and wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, N.J. on Monday, ABC News and the New York Times report.

The confrontation happened about 10:30 a.m. after an owner of a bar in Linden reported that someone was sleeping in a hallway of his establishment, ABC News reports.

“One of our police officers went to investigate and to wake him up, and realized that he was [Rahami], the suspect that had been being sought in the bombings,” the mayor told WABC. “He realized it was the suspect and, within moments, the suspect fired on him. And thank God that he had his vest on. And I think that was very helpful for him. I think that saved his life.”

The New York Times reports that Capt. James Sarnicki of the Linden Police Department told reporters “the officer returned fire” and  Rahami fled, “indiscriminately firing his weapons at passing vehicles.”

Other officers joined the chase, and Rahami was shot multiple times. At least one other officer was injured during the confrontation.