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Weekend Series on Crime History: Former Detroit Investigative Reporter Says Irishman Didn’t Kill Hoffa

FBI Investigating British Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Other Linked to Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein, via the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead, the FBI is beginning to investigate people linked to the U.S. financier, who committed suicide while awaiting a trial on sex trafficking charges, according to a new report.

One of those is British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

The probe is in its early stages as the FBI follows up on leads received from women who said they were victimized by Epstein, law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation told Reuters.

In a civil lawsuit, one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, accused Maxwell of recruiting her into Epstein’s web, where she says she was forced to have sex with Epstein and his friends.

Since Epstein’s death, Maxwell has been in hiding. She previously dated Epstein, whom she met in the early 1990s.

The sources did not reveal the other “people who facilitated” the abuse.

Former FBI Agent Trains Businesses, Community Groups to Respond to Mass Shootings

Former FBI agent Jonathan Lacey, via Security and Training Solutions.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Jonathan Lacey knows a thing or two about mass shootings.

The retired FBI agent spent the latter part of his career studying active shooters. At the FBI’s Buffalo office, he served as a crisis manager and active shooter coordinator, training law enforcement and community groups to respond to mass shootings.

Now he operates Security and Training Solutions, a Buffalo-based firm that teaches businesses, community groups and even families how to prepare for an active shooting.

“The training needs to be delivered in a way that is realistic and empowers individuals, but does not traumatize them,” he told The Buffalo News.

The goal is to help people create a comprehensive prevention policy at a time when mass shootings have become all too common in the U.S.

Facebook Mistakingly Removed 26 Homeland Security Recruitment Ads

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Facebook removed recruitment ads run by the Department of Homeland Security because the social media giant mistook them for political ads.

The ads, posted from July 2018 to August 2019, were quickly removed by Facebook because they did not contain disclaimers designed for political ads.

The Daily Beast inquired about the take-downs, and a Facebook spokesperson admitted the ads were removed by mistake and did not require a disclaimer.

A total of 26 recruitment ads were removed by Facebook.

Homeland Security didn’t return Daily Beast requests for comment.

Homeland Security Agents Reportedly Paid for Sex Acts by Trafficking Victims

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Two Homeland Security agents investigating a transnational network of illegal massage parlors engaged in sex acts with the alleged victims in two Arizona cities, according to reports uncovered by Today’s News-Herald.

The reports indicate two agents participated in sex acts at massage parlors at least 10 times with Asian immigrants who were forced into sex slavery.

The two-year trafficking investigation began in 2016, when police were tipped off about several massage parlors in Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City in Arizona. When local police departments found evidence that some of the employees may have been victims of human trafficking, they called in the Department of Homeland Security.

According to investigative reports, the agents negotiated prices for hand jobs and other sex acts.

In September 2018, police arrested eight people on charges of sex trafficking, money laundering, and operating a house of prostitution.

But charges against two of the suspects were dismissed last week because the two federal agents refused to testify.

Homeland Security officials did not respond to questions about why the agents didn’t show up.

One of the women arrested in the case filed a lawsuit 0n Sept. 30 in an attempt to get more information from Homeland Security, including the disclosure of the agents’ identifies and all reports generated during the probe.

FBI Looking into former Kentucky Gov. Bevin’s Onslaught of Pardons

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI is examining numerous controversial pardons issued by Matt Bevin during his final weeks as governor, The Louisville Courier Journal reports.

The Republican pardoned or commuted the sentences of more than 600 criminals, including violent felons, soon after he lost his bid for re-election in November.

State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, told reporters that he was contacted by a criminal investigator inquiring about the pardons.

“I can confirm that I have been contacted by someone looking into the pardons that were issued by Gov. Bevin on his way out the door,” he said. “The impression I got is that there was an investigation ramping up.”

An additional two sources told The Courier Journal that Harris has been questioned by the FBI.

The FBI office in Louisville didn’t return questions for comment.

FBI, ATF Agents Find Drugs, Gun on Private Plane Carrying Lil Wayne

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

FBI and ATF agents found drugs and a gun on a private plane carrying Rapper Lil Wayne Monday night.

Tipped off about drugs and a firearm possibly aboard the plane, agents executed a search warrant when the aircraft landed at Opa-locka Executive Airport.

Agents found cocaine and a gun and briefly detained Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., The Miami Herald reports.

The plane was a Gulfstream G-V that can carry up to 14 passengers and crew. It was was traveling from California, according to Opa-locka airport officials.

It wasn’t clear who tipped off law enforcement.

Lil Wayne’s defense attorney told reporters that his client was “cleared” to leave the scene.

The case remains under investigation.

In 2009, Lil Wayne served a year in jail after cops found a .40-caliber pistol on his tour bus in 2007.

Border Patrol Agents at Risk As Migrants Increasingly Cross Border Using Sewage-Filled Culverts

Via CBP

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Smugglers are encouraging migrants to cross the U.S.-Mexico border using a culvert system that drains raw sewage at the U.S.-Mexico border.

By doing so, Border Patrol agents, emergency workers and migrants face the risk of drowning and being exposed to highly toxic substances, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Sewage flows through the Tijuana River Valley culvert system during storms, quickly traversing a maze of drainage pipes that empties out at the border.

At least 45 migrants have been apprehended while using the sewer and storm water tunnels since October, Agent Jarrett Decker, a public affairs officer in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, says.

The quick-moving storm water is unpredictable and contains a sewage, cancer-causing chemical waste and industrial compounds.

“A lot of times, agents are risking their own lives to save someone here,” Decker said.