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FBI Looking into Allegations Ex-Flame Tried to Extort Money from NBA Star

Kris Humphries/nba

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is looking into allegations that the ex-girlfriend of New Jersey Net basketball star Kris Humphries tried to extort money from him, TMZ reported.

The tabloid TV show reported that Humphrie’s lawyers turned over recorded messages to the FBI that have ex-girlfriend Myla Sinanaj trying to extort money in exchange for her silence about their relationship.

The FBI declined to comment, according to TMZ.

Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend Catherine Greig To be Sentenced Today

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Catherine Greig, the girlfriend of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, is set to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston.

The Boston Herald reports that prosecutors will ask for no less than 10 years in prison. Her lawyer obviously will ask for far less.

Bulger and Greig were captured by the FBI a year ago in California. Bulger, an FBI informant over the years, is accused of killing 19 people.

To read more click here.

 

FBI Reports: Crime in 2011 Dropped to Near Historic Lows

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Crime rates in 2011 fell to near historic lows, according to the FBI.

Preliminary figures released Monday show violent crimes and property crimes reported dropped in 2011 compared to the previous year.

Specifically, violent crimes fell 4 percent and property crimes dropped 0.8 percent.

In the violent crime offenses category, murder was down overall 1.9 percent from 2010 figures; forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault all fell 4.0 percent.

The FBI said there was an increase in murder in the Midwest (0.6 percent) and an 18.3 percent jump in murder in cities with populations of less than 10,000.

NYPD’s Ray Kelly and His Battles With the FBI

NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

By Christopher Dickey
Newsweek

There’d been a crucial break in one of Manhattan’s most infamous unsolved murders. One after another, reports from NYPD detectives popped up on the New York City police commissioner’s BlackBerry. Ray Kelly was on a quick work trip to London, and here, by the Thames in the predawn hours of May 24, the case of a little boy who had disappeared 33 years earlier suddenly loomed large on his handheld screen. It was a grim flashback to times when New York was a nearly bankrupt metropolis with streets that reeked of refuse and echoed with gunfire. As the sun rose in London, the emails kept coming.

Kelly, indefatigable even at 70, had spent the previous 48 hours meeting with British police and intelligence officials, studying security and antiterrorism preparations for the upcoming London Olympics. There had been discussions about underwear bombs undetectable by magnetic scanners and Scotland Yard had showed off its collection of infernal devices cobbled together by terrorists: explosives disguised as basketball shoes and computer-printer cartridges. It was the stuff of 21st-century nightmares.

Since he took over as police commissioner in the aftermath of 9/11, Kelly’s most critical mission has been to thwart all terrorist threats against the city, and he’s aimed to do that, in some cases, even before a plot is entirely clear to the plotters themselves.

To read the full story click here.

 

Former DEA Agent: Legalize Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former federal investigator called for the legalization of drugs during a Libertarian Party of Texas convention over the weekend, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Saying the war on drugs has spread needless violence and wasted billions of tax dollars, Sean Dunagan, who worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration, also told the audience that money would be better spent on prevention and treatment programs.

“There is a huge collateral impact by the drug war,”  said Dunagan a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a Massachusetts-based group of law enforcement authorities who support the legalization of drugs, the paper reported. “We spend at the federal level about $26 billion a year fighting this war, and we really have nothing to show for it. Ten years ago, 8.3 percent of the population reported using illegal drugs. Today it’s 8.9 percent.”

While Dunagan said he does not advocate drug use, he believes the ban on drugs violates civil liberties, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Appoints D.C. and Baltimore U.S. Attys to Probe National Security Leaks

Ron Machen Jr./doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder assigned the U.S. Attorneys from D.C. and Baltimore to launch criminal probes into national security leaks to members of the media.

In a press release issued Friday, Holder said D.C. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen and Baltimore U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein will lead the probes.

The leaks center around the the disrupted bomb plot by al Qaeda and a New York Times story about the U.S. cyberattack program targeting the Iranian nuclear program.

“These two highly-respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI,” Holder said. “I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice, wherever it leads.”

Drug Trafficking Rings Exploited Commercial Airlines

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Details of Thursdays’ massive drug bust reveal an ongoing game of whack-a-mole between the DEA and drug smugglers working the commercial airline systems.

In this recent bust the DEA and FBI, in concert with Puerto Rican and local authorities, disabled two rings trafficking cocaine into the U.S., primarily through Puerto Rico Muniz International Airport.

ABC reports that one ring was allegedly led by Maribel Rodriguez Fragoso, known as La Flaca or “the Skinny Woman.” Between 2010 and 2012, La Flaca’s ring used airport baggage handlers to load cocaine-stuffed luggage onto commercial flights headed to cities all along the East Coast.

The second ring’s nine year run ended with the 2009 DEA operation Heavy Cargo. Allegedly led by American Airlines worker Wilfredo Rodriguez Rosado, fellow American Airlines employees smuggled more than 9000 kilos of cocaine into the U.S. mainland, says ABC. Heavy Cargo saw 23 people, including 9 American Airlines employees, indicted. Rodriguez and 21 others pleaded guilty.

Wednesday the DEA announced 20 more indictments related to Rosado’s American Airlines ring.

DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division, Pedro Janer said of the repeated and ongoing incidences of drug smugglers exploiting holes in airport security, the “DEA will continue to dismantle these organizations that think they can blatantly use legitimate entities to carry out their smuggling operations.”

This weeks’ 45 indictments and 36 arrests are a good start.

To read more click here.

Pakistani Man Arrested for Posing as FBI Agent to Swindle Victims

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Hayat Khan, a 48 year old Pakistani man, was arrested Thursday for impersonating an FBI agent in Pakistan, swindling victims out of millions of rupees, reports the New York Post.

Khan earned victims’ trust by exchanging $500 to $1000 of authentic currency, telling victims there was more where that came from because agents could access large stores of cash.

He then gave them counterfeit dollars in larger transactions. He finished such deals with sacs full of rupees totalling up to $50k, out only the costs of printing the fake money and engineering his FBI disguise, which included a wig.

To read more click here.