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Ex-Tulsa ATF Agent Pleads Guilty to Drug Dealing: Also Admits Making Up Drug Deal That Sent 2 to Prison

tulsaBy Allan Lengel

An ex-ATF agent from Tulsa, Ok., pleaded guilty Thursday to drug trafficking. He also admitted conspiring to fabricate a drug buy in 2007 that wrongfully sent a father and daughter to federal prison.

Ex-ATF agent Brandon J. McFadden, 34, who left the agency last year, pleaded guilty to distributing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, authorities said. He had joined ATF in 2002 after working as a cop in Lubbock, Tex.

He also admitted that he and  Tulsa cop Jeff  Henderson  made up a non-existent drug buy in 2007 that sent Larry Barnes and his daughter to prison. The two were released from prison last summer as a result of an ongoing federal  public corruption investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

McFadden faces a prison sentence of not less than five years and not more than 40 and a fine of up to $2 million. Sentencing is set for July 28.

“Officer Henderson and I stole drugs and money, delivered drugs, falsified reports, gave false testimony and used informant Ryan Logsdon to sell drugs,” McFadden told U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank McCarthy in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, according to the Tulsa World newspaper.

Henderson has been suspended from the department, but has not been charged, the paper said.  He has denied wrongdoing.

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Saudi Man Gets 4 Years and 3 Months for Selling Counterfeit Computer Parts to U.S. Marines

logo_ciscoBy Allan Lengel

A Saudi citizen residing in Texas was hit with a prison sentence of 4 years and 3 months in Houston on Thursday for selling counterfeit computer parts to the military in Iraq that “could have put our men and woman in uniform at risk”, said U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno.

Authorities said parts sold by the Saudi citizen Ehab Ali Ashoor, 49, were intended to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps for a computer network that transmitted troop movements, relayed intelligence and maintained the security at Al Taaddum, a Marine base just west of Fallujah in Iraq.

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Appeals Court to Decide Whether Mich. Militia Members Go Free

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

By Allan Lengel

The U.S. Court of Appeals could rule as early as Friday whether to overturn or uphold a Detroit federal judge’s order to release nine members of the Hutaree Christian militia on bond pending trial. They are charged with plotting to kill cops to foment revolt against the government.

The Detroit News reported that the court on Thursday temporarily put on hold the release of the the militia members pending a ruling on the matter just as they were about to go free. The government wants the  militia members to remain locked up, saying they pose a danger to the community.

U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts, who ordered them released,  says she doesn’t buy that they’re a danger to the community, and has raised questions about the strength of the case.


Nine Years Later, a Book on the FBI and D.C. Police Probe into Slain Intern Chandra Levy

Back in 2001, when I was a reporter for the Washington Post, I started working on a story about a missing intern named Chandra Levy. For a while, I worked day and night, and even went to California for three weeks to work on the story. Then came Sept. 11, 2001, and the story vanished, only to resurface in May 2002 when her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington. Now 9 years later, former colleagues Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz, who have doggedly pursued the story, have written a book on the case called “Finding Chandra: A True Washington Mystery”. Here’s part of the story, an adaptation of the book. Allan Lengel

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By Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz
Washington Post Staff Writers

WASHINGTON — The three D.C. detectives traveled 3,000 miles with a carefully crafted plan.

At a sand-colored, maximum-security federal prison on the edge of the Mojave Desert, they prepared to interview the man they suspected of raping and murdering Washington intern Chandra Ann Levy. It was Sept. 9, 2008.

For seven years, Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant with a penchant for violence toward women, had eluded the police and FBI as a viable suspect in the city’s most famous unsolved murder. The original detectives failed to connect him to the crime that captured the attention of the nation during the summer of 2001 with its subplots of sex and scandal and the possibility that a member of Congress might have been involved.

Now it was up to the new detectives. They put their plan into play. They took a sample of Guandique’s DNA and, bluffing, told him they expected it would match DNA collected during the murder investigation.

“So what if I touched her?” Guandique said.

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Sen. Judiciary Gives Nod to Jerry Martin for Nashville U.S. Atty

Jerry Martin

Jerry Martin/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary on Thursday gave the nod to private attorney Jerry E. Martin for the U.S. Attorney post in Nashville, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on the matter.

Martin will replace U.S. Attorney Edward Yarbrough, who was appointed by President Bush in 2007.

Active in the Democratic politics, Martin has been working for the law firm of Barrett, Johnson & Parsely in Nashville, focusing on complex litigation, including class and collective actions.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Quietly Takes Off on Overseas “National Security Focused Trip” to Nations Including Yemen and Georgia

Robert Mueller III/file photo

Robert Mueller III/file photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — At a high-profile Justice Department press conference Tuesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller was no where to be seen when officials discussed the arrest of the Times Square car bomb suspect.

In his place, was his deputy director John Pistole, who stood along side a host of high-ranking federal officials including Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Natpolitano.

Mueller quietly took off early in the week for what FBI spokesman Michael Kortan describes as a “multi-country national security focused trip.”

For security reasons, Kortan declined to be more specific. But he said the director would be returning home on Friday. Overseas  press reports showed his trip included stops in  the nation of Georgia and Yemen. The state run Yemini news agency Saba reported that Mueller met with Yemen President President Ali Abdallah Salih.

“During his meeting with President Ali Abdallah Salih, Mueller accentuated the USA’s readiness to broaden the horizons of cooperation with Yemen as well as its support to maintain Yemen’s security, stability and unity,” the news agency reported.

The news agency said Mueller congratulated Yemen on its preemptive operations against al Qaeda and “the President reiterated Yemen’s request to receive its individual detainees in Guantanamo camp to rehabilitate or try them based on their cases’ files.”

In the meantime, Kortan said Mueller has been interacting daily with Pistole and national security managers on the New York situation and “other matters.”

Agent Robert Anderson Named SAC of Intelligence Division in Washington Field Office

Anderson-Robert-Jr-07-08-officalBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — FBI agent Robert Anderson, Jr. is leaving headquarters to take on the job as special agent in charge of Intelligence Division for the Washington field office, the agency announced Thursday.

Anderson has been the chief of the Counterespionage Section in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.

Anderson started his career 1995 and was first posted to the Washington field office, where he investigated narcotics and violent crimes, the FBI said.

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