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TSA Agent Arrested on Felony Charges of Manufacturing, Selling Drugs in South Florida

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent in South Florida has been arrested on felony charges of manufacturing and selling drugs from her home, South Florida 6 reports.

During a search of Latwana Daniels’ home, authorities said they found 111 grams of cocaine and 39 grams of marijuana. They also found scales and materials to make crack cocaine near her TSA uniforms, investigators said.

Also recovered was a loaded Beretta PX4 handgun, which investigators said wasn’t secured from her four children.

Neighbor Ismael Morales expressed shock.

“I come and see a lot of cops there,” Morales said. “Over here we never see something like that.”

FBI Sting Rescues 168 Children, Nets 281 Arrests Involving Sex Trafficking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A weeklong child-prostitution sting netted 281 arrests and the rescue of 168 children nationwide, Time reports.

Dubbed “Operation Cross Country VIII,” the string is part of a larger effort that has so far rescued about 3,600 children and led to the convictions of 1,450 people.

“Operation Cross Country reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day,” said John Ryan, the CEO and president of NCMEC, in a statement.

The FBI originally targeted casinos, truck stops and websites advertising dating services, using that information to expand the string.

“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, said in a statement. “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again. This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”

 

FBI: Puerto Rico Man Arrested for Aiming Laser Pointer at Police Helicopter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As part of the FBI’s crackdown on people pointing lasers at aircraft, authorities arrested a Puerto Rican man Monday, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI arrested Christopher Jusino Rodriguez in the southern city of Ponce after he allegedly aimed the laser at a police helicopter during a security operation.

The green light was spotting coming from an apartment balcony, helping police locate Jusino.

The FBI said the suspect was using a handheld pointer known as a laser pen.

If convicted, Jusino faces up to five years in prison.

U.S. Releases Justice Department Documents Justifying Killing of U.S. Citizen in Yemen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. did not violate the constitution or other laws by killing American citizen Anwar Awlaki in Yemen without due process of law, the Justice Department argues in a previously secret memoir release by a federal court Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The memo was written in 2010, a year before a U.S. drone strike killed Awlaki.

The documents were released after the ACLU and New York Times sued.

The memo is unusual because it advocates killing of an American citizen without the opportunity of due process. It was written by former Obama Justice Department official David Barron

“In the present circumstances, as we understand the facts, the U.S. citizen in question has gone overseas and become part of the forces of an enemy with which the United States is engaged in an armed conflict; that person is engaged in continual planning and direction of attacks upon U.S. persons from one of the enemy’s overseas bases of operations; the U.S. government does not know precisely when such attacks will occur; and a capture operation would be infeasible,” Barron wrote.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Foresees ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ Over Surge in Children Immigrants

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the dramatic spike in the number of immigrants being arrested has created an “untenable situation” at a Border Patrol facility in southern Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Perry visited the facility following reports of overcrowding and squalid conditions at a Border Patrol facility housing primarily children immigrants.

“This is an absolute humanitarian catastrophe waiting to happen,” Perry said Monday at a Department of Public Safety regional headquarters in South Texas.

Since October, more than 85,000 children have entered the country without an adult.

The surge has left the Border Patrol overwhelmed.

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Despite Popular Belief, Mobster Didn’t Help Solve 1964 Killings of 3 Civil Rights Workers

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By Jerry Mitchell
The Clarion-Ledger

No matter where I speak about the Ku Klux Klan’s 1964 killings of three civil rights workers, I inevitably get asked this question: Did the Mafia really help the FBI solve the case?

The people who ask that question have usually heard some version of this story: Desperate to solve the case involving the missing trio, the FBI enlisted their informant, mobster Gregory Scarpa Jr., to solve the case. Scarpa shoved a gun down a Klansman’s throat and got him to confess where the trio’s bodies were buried, and in so doing, the grateful FBI gave this one-time member of the Colombo family a $30,000 reward.

The truth? The FBI did get help from a mobster, but in an entirely different case — the KKK’s June 10, 1966, fatal firebombing of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer Sr. in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

I’ll be the first to admit this story of Scarpa’s supposed involvement in the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner has appeared online and in newspapers for decades.

But it’s simply the wrong case because the details Scarpa shared about his night in Mississippi match up with the Dahmer case. And if that weren’t enough proof, FBI files confirm that Scarpa was brought in to help the FBI in the Dahmer investigation.

To read more, click here.

 

Secret Service Helps Nab Peruvian Who Printed $4.5M in Counterfeit Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Peruvian man is accused of printing millions of dollars in counterfeit U.S. currency, Bloomberg reports.

Authorities arrested Pedro Sosa Inca Casana, 42, as he emerged from a taxi with $1.9 million in counterfeit bills, the Secret Service said.

Authorities said the suspect was operating a counterfeiting operation out of a downtown Lima store.

The Secret Service seized $4.5 million, along with printing supplies.

“This investigation addresses the continuing economic threats to our country and illustrates how well established law enforcement networks work together to disrupt international organized crime each day,” U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said in a statement.

Border Patrol Cancels Flights for Central American Migrants Squeezed into Texas Facility

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Flights that were scheduled to begin flying Central American immigrants from Texas to California today to ease up on overcrowded conditions have been canceled, NBC News reports.

What’s unclear is why the flights were stopped, said Ralph DeSio, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection.

“This whole thing is in a very fluid state,” DeSio said. “I’m not sure if the plans will be reactivated but, as we’re speaking here this moment, it has been canceled. Tomorrow is another day.”

The government has been trying to determine what to do with an excessive number of immigrants, especially children, from Central America.
Recently released videos showed that immigrants were forced to wait in squalid conditions.