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U.S.-Mexico Only Nabbing a Fraction of Drug $$$ Being Smuggled South into Mexico

US Mexican borderBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Despite their efforts, U.S. and Mexican authorities are seizing no more than one percent of the billions of dollars in drug proceeds being smuggled south into Mexico, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.

The cash is being smuggled in spare tires, engine transmissions and truckloads of baby diapers, the Post reported. In other words, any way you can imagine.

In all, the drug traffickers and the Colombian suppliers smuggle $20 billion to $25 billion a year in U.S. bbank notes across the border, the Post reported.

“If we fail to curtail these money flows, the confrontation with organized crime will generate more violence and more corruption,” Carlos Pascual, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, said at a border conference in El Paso this month, according to the Post.

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FBI Agent Arrested on Charges of Threatening to Kill Wife and Head of Dallas FBI

FBI's Robert E. Casey Jr./fbi photo

FBI's Robert E. Casey Jr./fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Suffice to say, FBI agent Carlos Ortiz is in big trouble.

The 48-year-old Dallas agent was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening to kill his estranged wife — also an FBI employee  — and Robert E. Casey Jr., the head of the Dallas FBI, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The paper reported that Casey had placed Ortiz on leave pending an investigation into domestic violence and then fired him.

Ortiz, of Red Oak, Tex., a 21-year veteran  was being held at the Dallas County jail, the paper reported. He is scheduled to make a court appearance in federal court on Thursday on charges of threatening to assault or kill a federal law enforcement officer, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The paper reported that Ortiz allegedly told a friend of his plans to kill his wife and Casey. Ortiz filed for divorce and bankruptcy last year, the paper reported.

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A Few Top DEA Officials’ Names Surface for Number 2 Spot

Thomas Harrigan/dea photo

Thomas Harrigan/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A few names have surfaced as potential candidates to fill the number two spot at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sources say the names that have popped up  include  Thomas M. Harrigan, chief of operations,  Anthony Placido,chief of intelligence, and John P. Gilbride, head of the N.Y. DEA.

The number two spot  was held by Michele Leonhart, who has been nominated by President Obama for the top spot. She has yet to be confirmed.

John Gilbride

John Gilbride

The number two spot is also a presidential appointment and must be approved by the Senate.

The DEA declined comment on Wednesday.

Anthony Pacido/dea photo

Anthony Placido/dea photo

Harrigan, who joined the DEA in 1987, heads up all domestic and foreign offices as well the Special Operations Division, the Aviation Division, and the Office of Diversion Control. He was appointed to the post in 2008.

Placido, who joined the DEA in 1980, heads up the DEA’s intelligence program.

Gilbride was appointed head of the N.Y. DEA in 2005.  Prior to that, he headed up the Detroit office.

Head of Boston FBI Vows to Try and Catch Whitey Bulger and Solve 1990 Museum Heist

Richard Delauriers/fbi photo

Richard Delauriers/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The latest head of the Boston FBI hopes to accomplish what his predecessors did not: Catch fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and solve the famous 1990 Gardner Museum art heist.

Richard DesLauriers said he plans to use “laser like focus” to solve the cases that will be among the top local priorities, the Associated Press reported.

DesLauriers, a 23-year veteran, took over the Boston office last month as special agent in charge.

Bulger is wanted in 19 murders and has been on the lam since 1995. Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum heist in 1990, valued at more than $500 million, remains a big mystery.

Ex-FBI Agent Gets 2-Year Prison Term for Illegally Selling Guns

50 caliber barrett rifle

50 caliber barrett rifle

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An El Paso FBI agent is headed off to prison.

John Shipley, now formerly of the FBI, was sentenced Tuesday in El Paso to two years in prison for illegally selling more than $118,000 worth of guns without a license and lying to ATF agents about the sales.

U.S. District Judge David Briones also ordered Shipley to be under supervised release for three years after serving in prison and that he forfeit 17 firearms including two 50 caliber Barrett rifles, ammunition, a silencer and $7,340 seized during the execution of a search warrant, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A federal jury convicted him in April after less than three hour of deliberation. He was busted while working for the FBI and then put on unpaid leave.

ATF agents arrested Shipley last year after tracing back to him a .50 caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico, authorities said.

“This investigation shows ATF’s commitment into stopping the illegal trafficking of firearms that are fueling the cartel violence south of the border,” Robert Champion, ATF special in charge of the Dallas Division, said in a statement.

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Nixon’s Atty. Gen. William Saxbe Dies at Age 94

Atty. Gen. William Saxbe/photo umkc-law

Atty. Gen. William Saxbe/photo umkc-law

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Nixon’s fourth Attorney General William Saxbe, a Republican maverick who was at the helm during the Watergate probe, died Tuesday at age 94, the Associated Press reported.

The AP reported that he died at his home in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, outside of Columbus.

Saxbe became attorney general at a tumultuous time in history. Nixon’s first two attorneys general were accused of Watergate-related crimes and the third, Elliot Richardson, resigned to protest Nixon’s meddling in the probe, AP reported.

Nixon turned to Saxbe, a lame-duck one-term U.S. senator, who according to the AP, once labeled the Nixon administration “one of the most inept” in history. He served as U.S. Attorney from Jan. 4, 1974 to Feb. 2, 1975.

Saxbe was a politician who “just did everything right,” Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett, according to AP.

“He was probably the only one who could have got confirmed as attorney general of the United States after the ‘Saturday night massacre,”‘ Bennett said.

Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales Will Return for 2nd Year as Visiting Prof at Texas Tech

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — After getting a bumpy reception in Washington as President Bush’s Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales has found some love in Texas.

Texas Tech announced Tuesday that Gonzales will return as a visiting professor for a second year, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Chronicle reported that political science department chairman Dennis Patteron said Gonzales has been a tremendous asset to the department.

Gonzales,55, is a native of San Antonio.

Book Review: Ex-FBI Agent’s 7th Book “Intricate” and “Fast Moving”

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“The Bricklayer” by Noah Boyd is published by Harper Collins.

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.

By Greg Stejskal
ticklethwire.com

In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Noah Boyd for over 30 years. I first met him in his former incarnation, Paul Lindsay, an FBI agent in Detroit. I was fresh out of the FBI Academy and had been assigned to the fugitive squad in Detroit .

Although I didn’t know it at the time, it was to my very good fortune to have Lindsay/Boyd as my training agent. (I will use Lindsay’s pen name Noah Boyd for simplicity.)

Boyd had earned a reputation as one of the best fugitive agents in the Bureau, that is, he was very good at finding bad guys who didn’t want to be found. Later in his career, Boyd would apply his considerable talents to cold cases and serial killers.

Boyd also had a talent for creative writing. In fact, he penned his first book in 1992 while he was still an agent in Detroit (under his true name). Since then he’s chalked up a total of seven novels – the latest being “The Bricklayer”. His writing has a gritty realism to it.

In “The Bricklayer,” he introduces a protagonist, Steve Vail, who is the quintessential American- Lone Ranger kind of hero. The first scenes in the book involve a bank robbery in which Vail physically subdues the bandits while the security cameras roll. Then before anyone can figure out who he is, he slips away.

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