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FBI: Man Who Sent Ricin-Laced Letter Bought One Critical Ingredient on eBay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

You can find almost anything on eBay.

According to the FBI, James Everette Dutschke used the online auction to buy a critical ingredient to making the toxin ricin, which he’s accused of sending to President Obama and two other political officials in a letter, Christian Science Monitor reports.

Dutschke bought 100 red castor beans from eBay in November and December 2012, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

“I understand that the number of castor beans ordered is more than sufficient to extract the quantity of ricin found in the three letters,” Special Agent Stephen Thomason wrote in an affidavit, Reuters reported.

The FBI arrested Dutschke at his home Saturday.

DEA Goes After Pot Dispensaries in Seattle, Says It’s Not Signal of War Against State Pot Laws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA has alarmed marijuana advocates after sending cease-and-desist letters to 11 dispensaries in the Seattle area, the Seattle Times reports

Although state law permits medical-marijuana dispensaries, federal law bans all forms of pot. 

The letters, however, don’t signal a war against state marijuana laws, according to the DEA.

The dispensaries were within 1,000 feet of schools, the Seattle Times reported.

Recipients of the letters were told to stop selling marijuana within 30 days or they face seizure.

California dispensaries also are being targeted by Federal authority, Gawker reports.

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Congressional Hearings to Probe Boston Marathon Bombing And Federal Response to Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The first congressional hearings begins next in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing, the National Journal reports.

The House Homeland Security plans to examine the attack and federal law enforcement response. 

Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said the investigation also focuses on the potential security breakdown among agencies, the National Journal wrote.

The Senate also is investigating.

“It is critical that we conduct a proper examination of the actions of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security, and its interactions with state and local government partners, so that we as a nation are better able to anticipate, prevent, or if necessary respond to, the next terrorist threat,” the Senate Homeland Security Committee leaders said in a statement.

ATF Needs Permanent Director to Usher in Strong Leadership

Reno Gazette-Journal
Editorial

It is an article of faith among many opponents of additional restrictions on gun ownership that the U.S. “doesn’t need new gun laws; it only needs to enforce the ones we’ve already have.”

For the past year, the difficulties of enforcing the nation’s gun laws have been on full display in the Truckee Meadows, where a dispute between the Reno office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Office of the U.S. Attorney has decimated the ATF forces and left local law enforcement agencies scrambling to pick up the slack.

The troubles of the Reno ATF office are evidence of an agency badly in need of strong leadership, so it’s ironic that some of the same members of Congress who have blocked any new gun measures also have blocked the appointment of a permanent director for the agency for nearly seven years now.

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Border Patrol Raids Captured 230 Immigrants in Just 12 Hours

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a long, fruitful day for Border Patrol Monday. 

The Action 4 News reports that agents criss-crossed the Rio Grange Valley, raiding houses where 230 immigrants were found in about a half day.

Border Patrol was tipped off of a suspected human smuggling operations by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. 

Agents found the immigrants scattered across the area.

The illegal immigrants will be returned to their country, Action 4 News reported.

More Evidence Found Against Suspect Accused of Sending Ricin-Tainted letters

 Steve Neavlimg
ticklethewire.com

Evidence is mounting against the man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a judge, the USA Today reports.

Lab tests found traces of ricin on items such as a dusk mask that were in the possession of the suspect, Everett Dutschke, USA Today reported. Tests also confirmed the presence of ricin in other materials.

FBI agents also said they found that the suspect downloaded Internet directions on handling the deadly poison.

 

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While ATF Task Force Member Remains in Critical Condition, Friends and Colleagues Raise Money

Patrick Hill

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Detroit cop Patrick Hill — part of an ATF violent crime  task force — was critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect about four weeks ago on Detroit’s west side.

On Saturday night, while he remained hospitalized in critical condition, suffering from head wounds, his fellow officers and members of the community gathered at the VFW hall in Lincoln Park to raise money for Hill and his family. He and his wife have four children, ages 3 to 16.

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael DiCicco, a close friend of Hill’s who played on a traveling softball team with him, spearheaded the fundraiser on Saturday, and said about 1,000 people bought $20 tickets for the event. People also donated money and bought raffle tickets for donated prizes.

“It was a good haul,” DiCicco said, declining to disclose the total amount of money raised.

He said the money will help the family. The wife, who is a phsycian’s assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital, has taken an unpaid leave to help take care of her husband. DiCicco said she was on hand Saturday night along with other family members.

“She was floored,” he said. “It was overwhelming for her to see all those people come out to support her husband.

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