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Latin Kings National Leader Gets 60 Years

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The highest-ranking leader in the United States of the notorious street gang the Latin Kings was sentenced in Chicago to 60 years in federal prison on Wednesday, according to a statement from the FBI.

Augustin Zambrano, 51, was given the statutory maximum. He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other charges involving drug trafficking in April of last year. Zambrano was a “Corona” of the Almighty Latin King Nation, according to the FBI, responsible for overseeing and orchestrating “the illegal activities of all factions of the powerful street gang,” the FBI says. The gang has around 10,000 members in Illinois alone.

Zambrano went by the names “Big Tino,” “Tino,” “Old Man,” and “Viejo.”

He and three co-defendants were convicted of running a criminal enterprise to enrich themselves  through drug-trafficking, preserving and protecting their power, territory and revenue with murder, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, extortion, and other acts of violence.

“This investigation has held to hold the leaders of the Latin Kings like Zambrano responsible for their iron-fisted leadership of a criminal enterprise responsible for murders and attempted murders. As the CEO of this gang, Zambrano bears responsibility for its criminal acts,” said Chicago  U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald in a statement.

Prosecutors fought for a maximum sentence by saying that Zambrano “chose violence at every turn.”

 

More Suburbs Competing to Attract FBI Headquarters

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The battle to attract the new FBI headquarters is blossoming.

The Examiner reports that Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia endorsed a site adjacent to the Franconia/Springfield Metro station as a potential new location. The current FBI building in D.C.  on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, several blocks from the Capitol,  is crumbling and too small to accommodate all the employees, who are spread out in different facilities.

Other suburbs competing for the building are Prince George’s County in Maryland, just outside D.C., and Loudoun County, in Virginia, which is considered an outer county of D.C.

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Blast Shakes Houses, Result of FBI Testing

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is apparently shaking things up a little bit  in Allegany County, Md.

Residents  had their mid-morning coffee interrupted by the sound of a loud blast Wednesday morning, the result of a test conducted by the FBI.

The blast shook some residents’ homes, reports the Cumberland Times-News. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed to the paper that the controlled blast was part of the bureau’s test, performed in a remote localilty on open and unoccupied property. That office was not involved in the testing, but had helped the FBI find the location.

About 30 people called 911 after the first blast occurred at 10:45 a.m. Tests ended after the calls came in.

“We are not commenting on this,” FBI spokesman for the Baltimore office Rich Wolf told ticklethewire.com

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Reality TV Star’s Husband One of 15 Arrested in Detroit Fed Drug Bust

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The real life plot of reality TV star Deelishis seems more dramatic than that on television.

The African-American news website NewsOne points out that Chandra Davis, the star of reality show “Flava of Love,” is married to Orlando Gordon, one of the men picked up in a major drug bust in Detroit previously reported on by ticklethewire.

The couple’s home in suburban Franklin, Mich., was raided by feds, who found kilos of marijuana, grams of crack cocaine, firearms and more the $500,000 in cash, according to NewsOne.

The FBI called the bust one of the biggest in suburban Detroit, with the ring operating throughout southeast Michigan and filtering hundreds of thousands of dollars worth drugs into the area.

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Rep. Rothman: FBI Must Pool Resources to Prosecute Fourth Hate Crime Against N.J. Jews in One Month

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com
Rep. Steve Rothman is calling on the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office to pool its resources and solve a rash of crimes targeting New Jersey synagogues.
 
The fourth hate crime targeting a Jewish synagogue in New Jersey over the past month occurred on Wednesday when Congregation Beth El, in Rutherford, N.J., had an explosive device thrown through the bedroom window of Rabbi Nosson Schuman and his wife, according to a report by the Hudson Reporter. Beth El serves as the Rabbi’s home, a synagogue and a school.

Rothman said the incident is being treated as attempted murder, the paper reported.

“Thank God, the rabbi only suffered burns to one of his hands, but this attack endangered the lives of the rabbi, his wife, his father, and his five children,” Rothman said, according to the paper. “The Federal Bureau of Investigations must investigate this latest attack and the disturbing trend of hate crimes against New Jersey synagogues over the past month.

“This is not Damascus or Baghdad,” he continued. “Residential communities, like those here in New Jersey, should never be attacked. I demand that the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office pool all of their resources … to solve this crime.”

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Indian Hacker Group Claims Government Intercepted US-China Communications; FBI Investigates

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

So much for diplomacy.

An Indian computer hacking group has got the FBI investigating its claims that India’s intelligence services intercepted communications among the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, according to ABC News.

The hacking group posted documents online about a month ago alleging to be from India’s Directorate General of Military Intelligence, and they include about 10  emails from the commission between September and October of 2011. The Congressionally mandated commission reports to Congress every year on national security, trade and economic issue with China, according to ABC.

The emails appear to be genuine, reports ABC, but the document has not been authenticated.

The hacking group which posted the documents go by the name the Lords of Dharamraja.

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Woman Bites Nose Off Victim on Indian Reservation, Sentenced to 46 Months

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Michigan woman got hit with a federal prison sentence of  3 years and 10 months for biting off the tip of a man’s nose and doing other bodily harm in an incident on the Keewenaw Bay Indian Reservation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last April,  the FBI said in a statement Monday.

Donalyn Lynette Taisto of Baraga, Michigan will also serve three years of supervised release after serving her sentence, and will also have to pay a $100 special assessment, though a final decision on restitution fees won’t be decided until April 2 of this year. She was sentenced in fed court in Marquette.

Taisto plead guilty on October 21 to the last of three counts she was charged with. The first two–regarding assault with a dangerous weapon–were dismissed at sentencing.

Early on the morning of April 21, , on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation, Taisto was involved in an altercation, during which she “bit off the tip of the victim’s nose, struck him with a lamp, and cut him with a knife,” according to the FBI statement. The victim was left permanently disfigured.

Despite Controversial FBI Investigative Tactics, Terror Convictions Remain High

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Amid questions of FBI tactics in pursuing terror suspects, one thing that doesn’t seem to be questioned is the rate of convictions, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Many critics have voiced concern in the media lately over whether the FBI is catching and preventing terrorists, or nurturing and cultivating people to prosecute, as ticklethewire.com has recently reported on.

Still, about 90 percent of federal terrorism cases end with convictions through trial or plea deals, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law in New York told the Tampa Bay Times. “You don’t see acquittals,” she said.

Her group has tracked hundreds of cases since Sept. 11, 2001, and has only found nine acquittals, 13 dismissals and five vacated guilty verdicts, according to the Times.

The center has tracked hundreds of terrorism-related arrests since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but logged only nine acquittals, 13 complete dismissals and five vacated guilty verdicts.

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