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Why are There so Few Cartel Members on the FBI’s Most Wanted List

By Jazmine Ulloa 
Austin American-Statesman

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán – the man labeled the world’s most powerful drug trafficker – is not among the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

Neither is his rival, Heriberto Lazcano, though he is said to run one of the most vicious illicit networks to move tons of cocaine and marijuana into the United States. Nor is Miguel Ángel Treviño, a former Mexican military officer believed to be Lazcano’s second in command.

Some drug war analysts say the absence of such fugitive Mexican drug dons from the federal index is another indication that the struggle seething south of the border is not a national priority in the United States, where most residents are unfamiliar with its key players, even as a vicious battle rages so close to home.

“The problem is almost like what you have with war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” retired Special Agent Peter Hanna said. “The conflict is divorced from the United States. Only people in Mexico see the violence, live with the violence.”

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House Contempt Vote Possible Against AG Holder

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Update: Fox News reports that President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over the release of  Fast and Furious documents.
 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Short of  last minute document dump, Fox News reports Republicans are poised to take a vote on a contempt resolution against  Atty. General Eric Holder.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is leading the charge and wants to Holder held in contempt for failing to turn over documents in the bungled ATF Fast and Furious Operation.

The committee is likely to vote on the matter when it meets Wednesday morning.

Holder has denied that he or the White House has done anything wrong and has said that he’s being as cooperative as possible.

“I think the ball’s in their court,” Holder told reporter, according to the AP.

Holder said the documents will show he has nothing to hide.

Lawyer Defending Terror Cases Indicted on Tax Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lawyer known for defending terrorism suspects has been indicted in the Northern District of New York on charges that he failed to file tax returns, the Associated Press reports.

The attorney, Stanley Cohen, called the indictment politically motivated.

If convicted, Cohen faces prison time and fines.

Cohen is accused of not filing individual and corporate tax returns between 2005 and 2010 and other tax violations.

U.S. Attorneys Office Investigates NH Hepatitis C Outbreak

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The  U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating a hepatitis C outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital, the Associated Press reports.

Health officials are puzzled after a worker and 19 patients at Exeter Hospital’s cardiac cauterization lab tested positive for the liver-destroying disease in the last month, according to the AP.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas has called on the Food and Drug Administration and FBI to determine whether the outbreak was criminal.

Angry Ex-TSA Worker Gropes TSA Supervisor

Rutgers Student Won’t Be Deported in Anti-Gay Bullying Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Immigration officials won’t try to deport a former Rutgers student whose actions cast a national spotlight on the issue of anti-gay bullying, the Record reports.

The native of India, Dharun Ravi, who is considered a legal permanent resident, could have been deported after his May 15 conviction on charges that he encouraged Twitter followers to watch his unwitting roommate have sex with another man via live-streamed images, according to the Record.

The roommate later killed himself.

Federal government lawyers said Ravi’s actions aren’t sufficient to place him in removal proceedings, the Record reported.

Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Feds Seek Return of Rare Dinosaur from Mongolia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. government is on the hunt for a Tyrannosaurus Bataar.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed suit Monday to force the return of the dinosaur’s skeleton that feds say was stolen from Mongolia and then sold for more than $1 million in the U.S. on false claims that the fossil originated from Great Britain.

The lawsuit alleges the skeleton was discovered in the Gobi Desert between 1995 and 2005 and has enormous historic and cultural significance.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Heritage Auctions completed the auction and the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton for over $1 million, but the final sale is contingent upon the outcome of any court proceedings instituted on behalf of the Mongolian Government.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated:

On March 27, 2010, the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton was imported into the United States from Great Britain. The customs importation documents contained several misstatements. First, the country of origin of the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton was erroneously listed as Great Britain but, according to several paleontologists, Tyrannosaurus bataars have only been recovered in Mongolia. In addition, the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton was substantially undervalued on the importation documents. The customs importation forms listed its value as $15,000, in contrast to the $950,000 – $1,500,000 price listed in a 2012 auction catalog, and the actual auction sale price of $1,052,500. Finally, the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton was incorrectly described on the customs importation documents as two large rough fossil reptile heads, six boxes of broken fossil bones, three rough fossil reptiles, one fossil lizard, three rough fossil reptiles, and one fossil reptile skull.

Texas-based Heritage Auctions, Inc., offered for sale the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton at an auction conducted in New York City. Prior to the sale, the Government of Mongolia sought, and was granted, by a Texas State Civil District Judge, a Temporary Restraining Order prohibiting the auctioning, sale, release or transfer of the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton.

Notwithstanding the state court order, Heritage Auctions completed the auction and the Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton sold for over $1 million. The sale, however, is contingent upon the outcome of any court proceedings instituted on behalf of the Mongolian Government.

Mining Company Reduces Accident Rate As Part of Fed Deal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The massive coal mining company that reached an agreement six months ago to avoid federal charges over the 2010 mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 workers has significantly reduced accident and injury rates, the Associated Press reports.

Alpha Natural Resources also is breaking ground on an $18 million training center designed to teach miners how to handle dangerous conditions as part of the pact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin told the Associated Press that accidents are down by a third and the injury rate dropped by a quarter.

An explosion in the southern West Virginia mine in April 2010 killed 29 workers.