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Largest Child Porn Collection Ill. Judge, FBI Agent Have Ever Seen Calls for Max Sentence

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A man with a collection of child pornography twice as large as anything an FBI investigator had ever seen was handed  the maximum 20-year sentence on Tuesday in federal court in Peoria, Ill.

The size of the stash, and the 30 years Richard J. Jimenez spent collecting it, called for a high sentence from Senior U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm, who said it was the largest collection he remembers seeing in nearly 30 years as a judge, reports the Journal Star.

Jimenez had nearly a terabyte of images and movies, which FBI agents stopped counting after 1,000. Jimenez had told police in an earlier filing that it would take 30 years to go through it all.

The volume of the collection was so great that it boosted the sentencing range to at least 30 years, but because distribution of child porn carries a maximum of only 20 years Mihm could not go over it, though he noted he would consider going higher if he could.

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93-Page FBI File on Rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard Released; Allegations Include Violent Crimes

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It appears some detectives in New York have been paying attention to their hip hop.

Newly released files on Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard reveal a thick FBI profile of the Staten Island, New York MC. ‎”The detectives have documented, in their case files, that the [Wu Tang Clan] is heavily involved in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, car jackings, and other types of violent crimes,” the files say. All of which might more or less be gleaned from listening to a Wu-Tang Clan album or two.

The 93-page file shows more than 15 arrests for the rapper, legally named Russell Tyrone Jones, with charges ranging from resisting arrest to assault, attempted police murder, refusal to pay child support and the illegal possession of body armor, the Guardian newspaper reports. The files connect Jones to at least two specific murders and an involvement with the Bloods street gang.

Rich Jones of the website Gun.io filed a FOIA request for the files, which was responded to within a week.

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15 Indicted in Major Detroit Drug Bust

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The Feds have been busy in Detroit, where a major drug bust ended with 15 people indicted for peddling a “massive amount” of cocaine and marijuana across the metro Detroit area, reports the Detroit Free Press. All were charged with running the operation from 2008 to 2011, while three were also charged with gun crimes.

Multiple agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF and IRS, were involved in the case.

“The dismantling of this organization has halted the flow of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs into metropolitan Detroit,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso, and “exemplifies the strong collaborative effort that exists between DEA and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners.”

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Fla. Cop Gets Three Years for Targeting, Stealing From Hispanic Drivers

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Racial profiling might seem lucrative, but the cost of doing business will eventually catch up.

A Florida police officer who was arrested for stealing cash from Hispanics he pulled over was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday, reports the Miami Herald.

Mark Ott’s sentence comes eight months after a joint undercover sting between the FBI and local law enforcement agencies caught him illegally confiscating between $35 and $400 from Hispanic men he had pulled over between February and May of last year, the Herald reported.

Ott targeted most of the men after the left local check cashing stores, prosecutors had found. In May Ott stopped an undercover sheriff’s deputy and an FBI agent posing as a driver and a passenger, confiscating the driver’s wallet and swiping $150 of $400 of photocopied bills in the wallet, according to the Herald.

The sentence was part of a plea deal in which Ott plead guilty to five felony charges of evidencing prejudice while committing robbery. Ott will also repay $1,780 to victims as part of the deal.

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Penn. Man Threatens Life of FBI Agent

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former Pennsylvania dentist had his home raided Friday night after being accused of threatening the life of an FBI agent, reports WPXI.

Anthony Dinozzi lost his license to practice dentistry after being convicted on drug charges in Ohio in 2002, according to WPXI. The newer criminal complaint alleges that Dinozzi left a “profanity-filled” phone message on the answering machine of an FBI agent, making claims that he worked for US Attorney General Eric Holder, that he wanted to investigate Bill Gates and  he wanted to kill the FBI agent.

This is actually not the first time Dinozzi has claimed to be working with the FBI, strangely enough. Dinozzi “caused a scene” some time last year at the Pittsburgh International Airport when he claimed he was an FBI agent, according to WPXI. He is currently in jail awaiting a hearing on Tuesday in a Pittsburgh federal court.

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Minn. Woman Sentenced to 15 Years for Threats to Vice Pres. Biden and FBI

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Postal Service is grateful people can’t email everything. But this certainly wasn’t what it had in mind.

A Minnesota woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday for mailing threats to Vice President Joe Biden, an FBI agent and others over the past two decades, reports the Star Tribune.

Kim Rolene Hutterer, of New Prague, Minn., rambled out what the paper called an “apology of sorts,” pleading that she just wanted an intimate relationship with someone in law enforcement and to be respected by society. US District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minneapolis said in court he has long had “deep feelings” about jailing the mentally ill, but felt Hutterer’s threats are becoming more serious even after pleading guilty, the paper reported.

“This is one of the most serious matters that has ever appeared in this court,” he said.

Hutterer admitted to threatening to kill a US Bureau of Prisons employee in September of 2010, as well as other threats, including ones against Biden and Minnesota FBI special agent Dean Scheidler. “Never has my family been threatened the way she has done,” said Scheidler, who has locked away drug dealers, thieves and terrorists. The threats grew so bad Scheidler said his daughter now carries around a notebook to jot down the license plates of suspicious cars in the neighborhood.

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Islamic Extremist or an FBI-Created Extremist?

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities have arrested an Islamic extremist, but Adam Martin at the Atlantic Wire is skeptical.

Kosovo-born Sami Osmakac is being charged with plotting to bomb Tampa, Fla.-area nightclubs and a sheriff’s office to “avenge wrongs done to Muslims,” according to the AP. But Martin is quite ready to pat the Feds on the back.

“It’s a dramatic-sounding bust for the F.B.I.,” writes Martin, “but becomes a little less so after you learn the guy only had access to the weapons he wanted because an undercover agent provided it.” Martin then quoted a tweet from a British newspaper editor: “Interesting how most terror plots ‘thwarted’ by the FBI are actually fake plots created by the FBI,” tweeted Benji Green.

Osmakac gave an FBI agent $500 as a down payment for an AK-47, an explosive belt and homemade grenades, and asked for additional weapons, obtaining some of the arms after being rendered inoperable by agents.

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US Soldier Ditches the Army, Tried to Join Terror Group in Somalia

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former Army soldier was charged Monday in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., with  attempting to provide material support to al Shabaab, the terrorist organization, the FBI said in a statement.

Craig Benedict Baxam, 24, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested on Friday, January 6, when he returned to his home state from a visit to Africa, the FBI statement says.

A criminal complaint alleges Baxam “intended to travel to Somalia and join the terrorist organization al Shabaab,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said. “Mr. Baxam was caught in Kenya before he reached Somalia, and there is no allegation that anyone assisted him.”

According to the FBI, Baxam joined the US Army in 2001, where he completed training in cryptology and intelligence before being deployed to Baghdad. Afterwards, he reenlisted. He deployed for a one-year assignment in Korea in August of 2010. But a month before finishing his stint in Korea, Baxam left the Army and returned home to Maryland in July 2011.

The affidavit that came with the criminal complaint claims Baxam had converted to Islam just before leaving the Army, intending to move to Somalia and live under Sharia law and join al Shabaab–a group designated by the US Department of State as a foreign terrorist organization in February of 2008.

Baxam cashed in his approximately $3,600 in savings and hopped a flight to Kenya,  and planned to travel with $600 or $700 to by road to Somalia. He planned to give the remaining money to the terrorist group as an offering. He was stopped by Kenyan police near Mombasa, Kenya on December 23, 2011, where he was detained and interviewed by the FBI.

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