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Editorial: Justice Department Wrong to Ignore Federal Pot Laws

The Post-Journal
Editorial
 
Marijuana is illegal under federal law. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to interfere in any way with two states where recreational use of the drug has become permissible.

Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana last fall. Many states allow its use for medicinal purposes, but the two western states in essence allow anyone who wants to get high to buy the drug.

Proponents of legalizing marijuana for recreational use were delighted by Holder’s decision. “The message to the people of the other 48 states … is clear: Seize the day,” exulted Neill Franklin, of one pro-legalization group.

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ATF Team Who Sought Boston Marathon Bomber a Part of D.C. Shooting Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A full-scale tactical team for the ATF, which took part in the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was activated to investigate the U.S. Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C., the Boston Globe reports.

The team, based in D.C., is among five regional ATF tactical groups stationed across the nation.

The team was critical in the manhunt and capture of Tsareav, who was captured inside a backyard boat in Watertown.

The Boston Globe wrote that team specializes in covert operations, high-risk surveillance, crisis negotiations, arrest and search warrants and home invasions investigations.

Ex-DEA Employee Gets Probation for Embezzling Drug Enforcement Funds

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Embezzling $1,800 from the DEA will cost a former employee one year of probation and 50 hours of community service, the Tribune-Review reports.

U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose delivered the sentenced Monday to Holly Cook, 43, of Monongahela, Pa.

Cook pleaded guilty in May to taking $1,800 from a locked cash box of drug enforcement funds, the Tribune-Review reported.

“I will never forgive myself for allowing a momentary lapse in judgment to define the rest of my life,” she said in court.

 

Mexican Police Arrest 3rd Suspect in Slaying of Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The December 2010 slaying of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry shed light on the U.S. government’s botched gun-smuggling investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, The Washington Times reports.

Now a third suspect is in custody in the shootout that left Terry dead in the Arizona borderlands.

Police in Sinaloa, Mexico, arrested suspect Ivan Soto Barraza, 30.

He is awaiting extradition, the Times reported.

“Brian’s family is pleased to hear of another arrest and we remain hopeful that two additional fugitives believed to be in Mexico will be arrested. Questions remain unanswered about the death of Brian, including details on the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious,” Terry’s cousin told Reuters.

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FBI Records: New York Knicks Appear to Have Fixed Games in the Early 1980s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated the New York Knicks in the early 1980s on allegations that three of the players shaved off points “as a favor to their cocaine supplier,” Sports Illustrated reports.

The revelations come from the recently released book, “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI.”

According to the book, the FBI “seemed to possess very credible information” about the scam, which involved players shaving off points to cover point spreads.

An FBI informant learned about the alleged scheme in March 1982 when “one of the largest [drug] dealers in the East Coast” upped his bets on the Knicks from $300 per game to $10,000 per game.

But a lack of physical evidence and confessions eventually led to the investigation’s closure, Sports Illustrated wrote.

FBI Informant Lives Large in Cuba, reviving Claims That He Also Worked with Cuban Intelligence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Gilberto Abascal was a main informant in two-high profile cases in Florida in the past seven years, but now he’s living large in Cuba, the Miami Herald reports.

Abascal was the key witness in the trial of militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles two years ago, the Herald wrote. In 2006, he was the main informant in another case.

Now, the Herald wrote, Abascal is building a house, renting expensive cars and offering a large reward for information about the person who broke into his home.

For many, Abascal’s lifestyle reinforced the belief that he was serving as an informant for both Cuban and U.S. intelligence.

“This inferentially validates the conclusion that this was an individual who had a collaborative relationship with Cuban security . . . and casts a shadow on the FBI for its dealings with this guy,” said Arturo V. Hernandez, an attorney for another case in which Abascal was a main witness.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Who Smuggled Drugs from Border to Be Sentenced Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who smuggled bundles of marijuana from the Arizona-Mexico border is set to be sentenced  today, The Republic reports.

Anaya, who also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while committing a drug offense, was caught on surveillance loading bundles of pot into his patrol car between Yuma and Wellton.

Anaya said he accepts responsibility and is asking for the five-year minimum sentence.

Prosecutors agreed to the terms.

ATF Proposes Closing Loophole for People Obtaining Guns though Corporations or Legal Trusts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF is proposing to end a loophole that allows people to obtain weapons such as machine guns though corporations or legal trusts without a background check, Courthouse News Service reports.

Anyone wanting to buy a gun is required to file a photo and fingerprint card with the ATF and a local law enforcement agency.

But that’s not the case “if the applicant or transferee is a partnership, company, association, trust or corporation,” Courthouse News Service reported.

The number of those legal organizations increased from 840 in 2000 to 40,700 in 2012, according to the agency.

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