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June 2021


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Fundraiser for FBI Agent Karen Pabon, Who Died of Cancer

By Allan Lengel

FBI agents are trying to help out the family of special agent Karen Pabon, who died recently after battling cancer..

Pabon was a was assigned to the South Jersey RA on their JTTF for the past year and a half and was in the Philly office for about 5 years before that.

She leaves behind a four-year-old autistic daughter Reegan Isabella Donnelly and husband Dan, Donnelly who is a deputy U.S. Marshal.

A fund raiser is planned to help the family on Oct. 24 in Philadelphia.

To get details on how to buy a ticket or donate to the family, click here.


Weekend Series on Crime: Mob Hitmen


How Authorities Tracked Down Alleged ‘Silk Road’ Founder

Steve Neavling

Authorities knew him as the “Dread Pirate Roberts” and the founder of the largest online marketplace for illegal drugs.

His sophisticated site, called Silk Road, made it nearly impossible for authorities to trace him or the users because of an encryption network and digital currency called “bitcoin.”

But FBI agents finally tracked down the alleged founder, 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, after he posted his Gmail address online, CNN reports.

Experts were able to track him down at a San Francisco library.

The site allegedly sold drugs, fake IDs, guns and even hitmen.

Justice Department Accused of Keeping Public Records from Being Released

Steve Neavling 

President Obama pledged to run a transparent administration that respects public access to records.

But an internal audit of the Justice Department recently found excessive secrecy, according to Slate.

The audit found “persistent misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of certain classification processes.”

For example, a review of documents found that information was marked as secret despite containing no classified information, Slate reported.

Border Patrol Agents to Work without Paychecks Until Government Reopens

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents, who are considered vital to protecting the safety of Americans, are working throughout the government shutdown.

But they – 52,000 of the 59,000 employees of CBP, might not see a paycheck until the government reopens, the Tucson Weekly reports.

Working without pay is a “slap in the face,” said Shawn Moran, vice president at large of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing agents.

“We’re all out here serving our country, whether it’s overseas or on the border,” Moran said.

Moran said he worries about some employees because they live paycheck to paycheck while being expected to work.


Wife of Slain Border Patrol Agent Speaks Out for First Time

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol Agent Nick Ivie thought he was tracking down Mexican drug smugglers in October 2012 when a shootout unfolded.

Ivie was fatally shot by a fellow officer who believed Ivie was a criminal.

For the first time, his wife, Christy Ivie, spoke out about the shooting, CBS 5 reports.

“There were four agents there. They told me there had been a shooting and he had been shot and killed. And it was unbelievable. I just remember saying, ‘No, no!’ over again.”

Then Ivie discovered the shooting was from friendly fire.

“I think it’s harder because I don’t have someone to be angry at. I don’t have someone to blame. It wasn’t a bad guy that he was up against. So that’s hard,” Ivie said.

Investigators Search for More Clues in Capitol Car Chase That Ended in Shooting

Steve Neavling

This much we know: A woman with a 1-year-old girl in her black car provoked a shootout Thursday that ended her life after she triggered a chase through the heart of Washington D.C., CNN reports.

The driver was Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut.

But we don’t know why.

Investigators are searching for clues today, contacting family members and friends.

In December, Carey’s boyfriend told authorities that she was struggling with postpartum depression and was delusional.


FBI Busts Alleged Mastermind Behind Underground Marketplace for Drugs Online

Steve Neavling 

Investigators have struggled for two years to stop an online, underground marketplace from selling more than $1 billion in cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and other illicit drugs in exchange for a virtual currency called Bitcoin, The Verge reports.

But now it appears the FBI has snagged the mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, who is being charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

The site, called Silk Road, was only accessible through a special network.

According to The Verge, law enforcement bought more than 100 packages of drugs and had them sampled.

“Samples of these purchases have been laboratory-tested, and have typically shown high purity levels of the drug the item was advertised to be on Silk Road, FBI Agent Christopher Tarbell told The Verge.