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One of Largest Heroin Traffickers in the World Convicted on Drug and Narco-Terrorism Charges

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An Afghan national with ties to the Taliban who authorities described as “one of the largest heroin traffickers in the world” was convicted Tuesday in fed court in D.C. on drug and narco-terrrorism charges, the Justice Department said.

Haji Bagcho, who hailed from Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, was investigated by the DEA. Authorities said he manufactured heroin in clandestine laboratories along Afghanistan’s border region with Pakistan and sold the product to more than 20 countries, including the U.S.

He then sent the proceeds to support high-level members of the Taliban to further their insurgency in Afghanistan, the Justice Dept. said.

“Haji Bagcho was a prolific and dangerous heroin manufacturer, trafficking in over 123,000 kilograms of the drug in 2006 alone,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in a statement.

“Moreover, he used proceeds from his crimes to fund Taliban insurgents and fuel their ongoing ‘jihad’ against the United States and others. The effects of Bagcho’s criminal activity were felt all over the world, and today’s guilty verdict ensures that he will serve a lengthy prison term.”

Mob Snitch for FBI Kills Self, But Not Before Offing Someone Else

Stefanelli/gang land news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Being a snitch in the mob ain’t so easy on the conscience. And of course, it also involves a lot of looking over your shoulder.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports that 69-year-old Nicholas (Nicky Skins) Stefanelli, a Gambino familiy wiseguy, killed himself about two weeks ago after wearing an FBI wire for two years. His undercover work had ended and the feds were about to prep  him for the witness stand, Gang Land reported.

Gang Land reports that Stefanelli took care of some business before he offed himself.

He allegedly killed a businessman in Bloomfield, N.J. he felt was responsible for his legal troubles “that caused the gangster to become a stool pigeon.”

Gang Land News writes: “The tragic, remarkable story of violence and betrayal played out in the Garden State over the last two weeks but has been kept deep under wraps by the feds. Law enforcement sources say Stefanelli’s suicide has severely undermined what had been a successful undercover probe of mobsters and drug dealers in New York, New Jersey and four other states.”

To see the Gang Land Site click here.

SF Police Chief Wants Mayor to Reject Legislation that Would Restrict Cops Working With FBI Counterterrorism

 

Police Chief Greg Suhr/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The San Francisco police chief is urging Mayor Ed Lee to veto local legislation that would put restrictions on cops who work with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force , the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

That word comes in wake of local legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that would require a written agreement between the FBI and the police department that would prevent S.F. cops from engaging in surveillance of people who were not suspected of crimes.

The paper reported that the mayor has said he will look to the police chief for guidance on whether to sign or veto the legislation. The paper said the mayor is likely to veto the bill unless major changes are made.

Police Chief Greg Suhr has said he will recommend a thumbs down for the legislation, the paper reported.

Currently, three cops work with the FBI task force.

To read more click here.

Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger May Have Written Memoirs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well, William Shakespeare he may not be.

But apparently Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger — accused of killing 19 people — was into writing.

The Boston Globe reports that he may have written two memoirs that the feds may use against him in trial, now set for November. He’s charged with racketeering and killing 19 people.

“It is unclear at this juncture whether (Bulger) authored this document,” prosecutors wrote, according to the Globe.

The Globe reported that the feds seized a memoir “My Life in the Iris Mafia Wars” in 1995 at his South Boston residence.

And last year, when they arrested Bulger, 82, and his girlfriend Catherine Greig, 60, in Santa Monica, Calif., the feds seized a second document “which appears to be autobiographical,” the Globe reported.

To read more click here.

 

Best Man at Militia Wedding Ended Up Being FBI Informant

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Next time you might want to think twice before you have a guy named “Jersey Steve” as the best man at your wedding.

The Detroit Free Press reports that ring leader David Stone Sr. of the Hutaree militia in Michigan grew so fond of his friendship with a trucker named “Jersey Steve” that he named him the best man at his wedding.

On Monday, Jersey Steve, aka Steven Haug, who was an FBI informant, testified in the federal trial in downtown Detroit of Stone, his wife, two sons and three others, the Free Press reported.

The group is accused of plotting to overthrow the government with guns and bombs.

Defense attorneys have claimed there’s nothing to the charges.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Secret Service Dep. Director Keith Prewitt is Hanging Up His Badge

Keith Prewitt/secret service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After 29 years with the agency, U.S. Secret Service Deputy Director Keith L. Prewitt is hanging it up. He’ll retire April 7.

“It’s truly been an honor to work with the dedicated men and women of the Secret Service and serve as Director Sullivan’s deputy,” said Prewitt in a statement. “It’s been a privilege to contribute to the rich tradition and history of the most respected law enforcement agency in the world.”

Since 2008,Prewitt oversaw the protection of the U.S. President and Vice President and visiting heads of state. Additionally, he led the Secret Service’s investigative mission enforcing counterfeiting laws and criminal investigations into a wide range of financial and computer-based crimes

“Keith’s contribution to the agency has been invaluable,” said Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan in a statement. “His experience, judgment and management skills have brought our agency much growth and success through the years. His outstanding leadership and friendship have meant a lot to me.”

 

Ex-Secret Service Agent Says Women Went Ga-Ga for Agents on Presidential Detail

secret service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s good to be a Secret Service agent.

Just ask ex-agent Dan Emmett, who writes in his book “Within Arm’s Reach” that attractive” women were so “intoxicated” by the “celebrity-like status” of the presidential security detail, the Examiner newspaper writes.

He writes in his book that it was “paradise” for single agents and sometimes problematic for married ones — some of who gave in to temptation and lost their marriages, according to the Examiner.

“For the single agent it was paradise; for many married agents, it was a constant struggle between good and evil, which was sometimes won and other times lost,” Emmett wrote in the appendix of his book, the Examiner reported.

To read more click here.

 

Ex-Senator Says FBI Documents Contradict Agency on 9/11 Probe of Saudis

Ex-Sen. Graham

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It appears the 9/11 conspiracy theories are far from over.

MSNBC reports that ex-Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, says he has read two classified FBI documents that suggest the bureau may not have been accurate when it stated publicly that there was no connection between the hijackers and Saudis  living in Sarasota, Fla.

“There are significant inconsistencies between the public statements of the FBI in September and what I read in the classified documents,” Graham said, according to MSNBC.

“One document adds to the evidence that the investigation was not the robust inquiry claimed by the FBI,” Graham said. “An important investigative lead was not pursued and unsubstantiated statements were accepted as truth.”

To read more click here.