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FBI Shooting Range is Popular Deer Hangout

 

Shooting at Quantico/fbi photo

By EILEEN SULLIVAN
Associated Press

QUANTICO, Va. — Call it a playground for Bambi and G-Men, where imaginary criminals are hunted and deer are the spectators.

The 547-acre FBI Academy, where some of the nation’s best marksmen fire off more than 1 million bullets every month, happens to be one of the safest places for deer during hunting season.

The property on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., is home to some of the FBI’s most elite forces and training programs as well as a de facto wildlife refuge where deer, fox, wild turkeys, groundhogs and vultures roam fearless and free.

In recent years, a black bear was spotted running across a parking lot, and a groundhog cornered an FBI agent coming out of the cafeteria, hoping to score some human food, FBI spokesman Kurt Crawford said. Turkey vultures are often seen perched atop the 500,000-square-foot national crime lab where the FBI analyzes evidence, including the remains of the former al-Qaida leader in Iraq.

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New US Attorney for Virgin Islands Named

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Barack Obama has named a new man to head federal law enforcement in the drug trafficking-prone US Virgin Islands, reports the Daily World. Ronald W. Sharpe is the new US Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands.

Sharpe has deep roots and extended family in the area, according to the Daily World.  “His mom grew up in Plaisance and he still has a lot of relatives here,” his neice, Grace Thomas Garnier, told the paper.

Sharpe was confirmed by the US Senate after being named for the post by Obama, taking over duties earlier this month. Sharpe is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the region, supervising 41 people, including 16 attorneys, and is responsible for coordinating investigations across multiple agencies and the prosecution of all federal crimes.

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FBI Agent in Prison for Mortgage Fraud; Goes From American Dream to American Nightmare

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent has watched his life go from the American dream to the American nightmare, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Darin McAllister was a preacher in southern LA before working for the LAPD. From there he moved onto the FBI, working undercover in LA and then Tennessee, the Times reports. He called his career “my American Dream,” reports the LA Times. McAllister is now in a Kentucky federal prison, however, in what he calls “my American nightmare.”

McAllister is serving a four-year sentence stemming from a Justice Department investigation into mortgage fraud.

McAllister joined the LAPD just months before the Rodney King beating in March of 1991, as police were recruiting members of the African-American community for leadership roles, from churches in particular.

He was hired by the FBI in 1996 for undercover work .”I looked at the bureau as being the premier law enforcement agency,” he said. “I considered them the best.”

He was transferred to Nashville in 2003, where he bought duplexes, painted them and put up new drywall, then rented them out. But when the market soured, McAllister started losing tenants and falling behind on his mortgage loans. That’s when McAllister began to illegally inflate his earnings on mortgage papers.

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Drug Smugglers Try Wigs, Secret Pockets

Seized in the investigation/ICE photo

By Danny Fenster
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Suspected drug couriers from the east coast and Panama apparently used some innovation, smuggling cocaine and heroin in small pockets sewn into Lycra shorts and in their hair weaves and wigs, according to the website Government News Service.

GNS reports that 12 individuals were charged in a 20-count indictment, the results of a three year investigation of ICE, Homeland Security and the DEA, allege the individuals.

ICE officials called the investigation a game of cat and mouse. Law enforcement officials would crack down on the smuggling ring, only to have smugglers adapt to new law enforcement techniques, and so on.

Ronaldo Edmund, Kelvin Cook and Julio Archer, of the US, allegedly recruited mostly female couriers, reports GNS, to smuggle heroin and cocaine by the kilo from Panama to the U.S.

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More Delays for FBI Computer System

By Danny Fenster
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It seems the FBI is having a very tough time getting to the finish line when it comes to implementing an advance computer system.

A Justice Department audit has concluded that the launch of a long-delayed FBI computer upgrade has been pushed back to the middle of 2012, reports the Associated Press.

The Sentinel program, launched to build a paperless case management system, was supposed to be completed in December of 2009. Now, the FBI’s chief technology officer told the Justice Department inspector general, the system won’t be deployment until this coming May. “Deficiencies” were discovered in the program’s performance in the inspector general’s audit which forced the cancellation of the scheduled January launch, according to the AP.

The audit, released Friday, also raised concerns over whether the FBI would be able to stay within its estimated budget of $451 million for the system.

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Arsonist Sentenced in Post-Obama Election Burning of Black Church

By Danny Fenster
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A Massachusetts man was sentenced to nearly 14 years for a 2010 arson incident, according to a statement from the FBI.

Michael Jacques, a 27-year-old of Springfield, Mass., was sentenced to 166 months in federal prison in connection with the arson of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Springfield, a predominately African-American church, according to the statement, hours after Barack Obama was elected president. The prison term will be followed by four years of supervised release, and Jacques was also ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution, including $123,570 directly to the church.

The church was 75 percent complete, and the fire destroyed nearly everything, authorities said.

Jacques was found guilty in April of this year of conspiracy against civil rights, damage or destruction of religious property and use of fire to commit a felony. Benjamin Haskell and Thomas Gleason, Jacques’ co-conspirators, plead guilty to charges in 2010. Haskell was sentenced to nine years, while Gleason is set for sentencing in January.

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Oops: Fed Agents’ Big Goof in Arrest of NY Mobster

By Allan Lengel
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This is a goof almost too good to be true.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports that the feds — more specifically, federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security — were a little embarrassed a few weeks ago when they tried arresting Gambino crime family  capo Alphonse Trucchio.

The feds phoned Trucchio and told him to step outside his South Ozone Park, Queens home so they could arrest him on racketeering charges, according to Gang Land News.

Problem was, when Trucchio stepped outside, no one was there, Gang Land reported. Inside, shortly after, the phone rang again.

“If you don’t come outside now, we’re going to break the door down,” warned an agitated agent, Gang Land reported.

“Where are you? I just went outside and there was no one there,” said Trucchio, according to Gang Land.

The agents said they were outside his Howard Beach home.

“I don’t live there anymore,” replied the gangster, according to Gang Land. “I’ve been living here for 10 years…I’m on house arrest on an electronic monitor – and you don’t know where I am?!”

Gang Land reported that he then gave the agents the right address.

 

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