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Ex-Teacher Replaces bin Laden on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He ain’t exactly Osama bin Laden.

Still, the FBI on Tuesday announced a replacement for bin Laden for its Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List: Eric Justin Toth, 30, a former private-school teacher and camp counselor.

Toth is accused of possessing and producing child pornography.

In a press release, the FBi said that Toth, who also goes by the name David Bussone, has been on the run since warrants for his arrest were issued in Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2008. There is also reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.

The FBI said a probe into Toth began in June 2008 after pornographic images were found on a camera in his possession at the private where he worked.

The FBI is still looking to add another fugitive to replace Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was captured last year in California.

 

Feds Bust Border Patrol Agent and Girlfriend in Gun Smuggling Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds have busted U.S. Border Patrol agent from El Paso and his girlfriend on charges of buying high powered weapons and ammunition to smuggle into Mexico, the El Paso Times reported.

Agent Ricardo Montalvo, 28, and his girlfriend, Carla Gonzales-Ortiz, 29, were arrested on conspiracy, firearms and smuggling charges, the paper reported.

The arrests capped more than than a year long investigation, the paper reported.

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DEA’s Annual Take-Back Prescription Drugs Program Set for April 28

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s that time of year again for the DEA’s National Prescription Drug-Take-Back Day.

The DEA has announced the program will take place on Saturday, April 28  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs at stations designated around the country.

Last year, in the third annual event, , people turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications at the 5,327 take-back sites, the DEA said.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said in a statement. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.”

“With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,945 state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these three events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue,” said Leonhart.

 

Ex-Secret Service Agent Comes Out Swinging in Race for Sheriff

James Bartee/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently ex-Secret Service agent James Bartee learned a thing or two about fighting tough in politics while protecting politicians.

The Independent Mail in South Carolina reports that he came out swinging during a speech Monday before a Republican party forum, and questioned the moral fitness of his three opponents for sheriff in Oconee County, S.C.

Without naming names of his three opponents, the paper reported, he asked the crowd of about 200 if they wanted to elect someone who had been fired, had been accused of beating his wife, had fathered two illegitimate children, had been accused of stealing drugs or drug money, had been accused of being lazy on the job or of having conducted sexual affairs while on the job.

FBI Analyst Claims He Was 1 Pushup Short of Becoming an Agent

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jay Bauer, an intelligence analyst for the FBI in Chicago, may have been short on the pushups, but he’s no pushover.

The Northwestern University doctoral graduate has filed a gender-discrimation lawsuit against the FBI, claiming he was short one pushup at the training academy and was rejected as an agent, according to the Chicago Tribune. Bauer claims a woman who failed the fitness test was given a second chance and that he wasn’t.

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Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 1 Year-1Day for Lying About Helping Informant He Had An Affair With

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s prison time for former FBI agent Adrian Busby.

The New York Post reports that Busby was sentenced Monday in fed court in Manhattan to one year and one day in prison for leaking secret documents to help an informant who was also his lover.

“Your life is now pretty much ruined, at least in terms of any law enforcement job,” said Judge Harold Baer, according to the Post.

After the sentencing Busby said, according to the Post:  “I screwed up and I regret it, but I do not think I abused my power. I got permission every step of the way,” said Busby, who is no longer with his wife and has three children with health issues. “It’s a nightmare. I’m not going to be able to get another job. How am I supposed to support my family?”

It all began in 2008 when Busby, who was investigating mortgage fraud, started using a female real estate loan officer as a confidential source. He also began having an affair with her.

On Feb. 5, 2008, the source was arrested and subsequently prosecuted by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for identity theft and related charges.

Authorities charged that Busby “actively assisted with her criminal defense, met with her attorneys on multiple occasions, and during trial “provided her defense attorney with confidential, law enforcement reports…related to her case….in violation of FBI regulations.”

In December 2009, she was convicted.

Beginning in January 2008, authorities said Busby made numerous false statements regarding the things he did to assist her in the trial.

 

 

Video Shows Man Easily Getting Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s Voting Ballot

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr./doj file photo

By Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

A just-released video may add fuel to the ongoing controversy over requiring photo IDs to vote.

The conservative  site Breitbart News reports  that James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released a video trying to prove a point about the need to have photo IDs to vote.

The video shows someone walking into Attorney General Eric Holder’s voting precinct in Upper Northwest Washington without a photo ID and getting Holder’s voting ballot.

International Arms Dealer Viktor Bout Gets 25 Years

dea photo

By Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

It’s going to be a long time before international arms dealer Viktor Bout sees daylight again.

The DEA announced late last week that Bout was sentenced in New York to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell millions of dollars’ worth of weapons, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles and over 20,000 AK-47s to the Colombian terrorist group, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (the “FARC”).

Authorities said that Bout understood the weapons would be used to kill Americans in Colombia.

He was convicted on the charges last November 2.

“The crimes Viktor Bout committed represent the worst case scenario for modern law enforcement–the merger of criminal international narcotics cartels with their terrorism enablers,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a statement.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara added in a statement: “Viktor Bout has been international arms trafficking enemy number one for many years, arming some of the most violent conflicts around the globe. He was finally brought to justice in an American court for agreeing to provide a staggering number of military grade weapons to an avowed terrorist organization committed to killing Americans. Today’s sentence is a fitting coda for this career arms trafficker of the most dangerous order.”