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Mexico Extradites 10 Drug Traffickers to U.S.

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The U.S. continues its aggressive campaign against drugs in Mexico, but the killing and trafficking continues. Here’s the latest on the war on drugs.

By Julie Watson
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MEXICO CITY – Mexico sent 10 drug-smuggling suspects to the United States on Wednesday, capping an already record year for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration between the two countries.
Several are accused of being high-ranking members of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs, including the Gulf and Tijuana-based Arellano-Felix cartels. The suspects will face charges in California, Texas, Florida and Georgia, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said in a news release.
U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza praised the action as another example of President Felipe Calderón’s determination to go after cartels. Since taking office in 2006, Calderón has made it a priority to extradite drug suspects, who previously would operate from their Mexican jail cells.
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New U.S. Park Police Chief Named

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Salvatore “Sal” Lauro, the acting deputy chief of the U.S. Park Police, was named the chief on Friday.
“His years of professional experience, knowledge of the organization and strong communications skills make him the right person to lead the U.S. Park Police,” said National Park Service director Mary A. Bomar in a press release.
Lauro will oversee more than 600 officers in Washington, New York City and San Francisco.
He began his career with the U.S. Park police in Washington in 1978, authorities said.
Lauro is a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn where he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering, the National Park Service said.

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Homeland Security Strips Gov. Blagojevich of Access to Fed Security Info

Slowly authorities will strip the governor of his powers til there’s very little left.

By CARYN ROUSSEAU
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information, officials said Friday.
The move withdraws the governor’s access to classified information, although Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said other individuals within state and local government have access and the head of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has usually been the main contact in emergencies.
The revocation was “pretty standard procedure,” Guerrero said, adding that such emergencies are rare.
“It hasn’t come up – I don’t think it’s something that comes up often,” he said.
IEMA received a memo about Homeland Security’s decision on Dec. 9, the day Blagojevich was arrested, said spokeswoman Patti Thompson. The memo was brief and did not include a reason for the action.
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FBI Tried to Help Muslims Get Another Flight In Washington After Getting Booted

Father of Pardoned Scammer Had Meeting With Bush After Giving Donation

Pardons are like stray landmines: you never know when they’ll blow up on you.

BY KENNETH R. BAZINET and JAMES GORDON MEEK in Washington and CELESTE KATZ in New York
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
The father of a convicted housing scammer at the heart of a pardon controversy scored a bonus meeting with President Bush after giving big bucks to the GOP, the Daily News has learned.
Robert Toussie, who gave the Republican National Committee $28,500 in March, traveled to Crawford, Tex., to meet with Bush.
The President granted a pardon for Toussie’s housing scammer son Isaac last week, but he yanked it back a day later. White House spokesman Tony Fratto confirmed to The News that Robert Toussie attended the party for big-bucks donors near the President’s ranch in Crawford.
Toussie got to hang with Bush, as well as ex-President George H.W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at the cash bash.
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New Crack Cocaine Sentencing Guidelines Bring New Struggles

crack cocaine

crack cocaine

Ever since the crack cocaine epidemic surfaced in the 1980s, authorities have wrestled with it in the courts. Here’s how the latest battle is playing out in federal court.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Michael D. Thompson, a former crack cocaine dealer, thought he deserved a break.
Sentenced in 2000 to 15 years and eight months in prison, Thompson asked a federal judge in the District to release him, arguing that he had received an unfair sentence and has turned his life around behind bars, earning a general equivalency diploma and completing a commercial driving course.
Federal prosecutors said that was a terrible idea. Citing Thompson’s criminal past and prison disciplinary record, which includes threatening a prison official with a knife, prosecutors argued in court papers that the 37-year-old poses a danger to the community and should complete his sentence.
Thompson’s case is one of thousands around the country in which crack offenders and their defense attorneys are sparring with federal prosecutors over how to interpret new sentencing guidelines for crack possession or sale. The guidelines were issued to right old wrongs. But they have led to time-consuming legal challenges dealing with the often long-forgotten consequences of the bloody crack wars in the late 1980s and 1990s.

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DEA Busts Nashville Cockfighting Ring Linked to Mexican Drug Cartel

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that drug traffickers might be involved in other illegal activity that generates income.

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dea photo

NewsChannel5.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Federal authorities have shut down a massive cock-fighting outfit in Tennessee, and those involved also were part of a Mexican drug trafficking cartel.
The bust could have a major impact on the midstate for two reasons. Not only did the crackdown suffocate the marijuana trade in Tennessee, the crackdown could also shed new light on animal fighting and its relationship with other serious crime.
“They’re routinely trained to fight. Then they strap razor blades on them (roosters) and throw them in a pit to fight to the death and gamble on the outcome,” said Leighann McCollum with the Humane Society Spokesperson.
Cock fighting is a vicious and illegal bloodsport, and it turns out Tennessee is a hotspot for it.
While targeting a Mexican drug cartel in December, DEA officials discovered that drug traffickers were also running a massive cock fighting arena in Cumberland County, Tenn.
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“We found a number of chickens used in cockfighting, a large and extensive operation,” said Harry Sommers with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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