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‘Black Mafia Family’ Drug Gang Members Sentenced In Atlanta

The vicious drug gang that started in Detroit and spread its tentacles around the country, peddled drugs and violence.

By Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA — Nine members of the Black Mafia Family were sentenced to prison Wednesday. They were some of the last remaining members of an organization that controlled or had a hand in the cocaine and crack sold in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and places in between.
One more person is to be sentenced Thursday, Franklin Nash.
One by one, for almost nine hours Wednesday, some of the lower-ranking members of the Atlanta branch of the Black Mafia Family stood before U.S. District Judge Orinda Evans to hear their punishment.
All got prison time – ranging from four years to more than 16 1/2 years for drug conspiracy. They also got probation once they are released. Each asked the judge to recommend them for an intensive drug program in prison, which could reduce their sentences.
The Black Mafia Family began with two brothers – Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory – selling crack cocaine in Detroit high schools in the mid-1980s. Within a few years, their Black Mafia Family had moved into 11 states, making money through distribution rather than direct street sales.Their “tentacles reached all over the country,” said defense attorney John Lovell, who represented Deron Hall.
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Despite Indictment Or Conviction, The Campaign Goes On

Sen. Stevens
Sen. Stevens
Rep. Jefferson
Rep. Jefferson
By Allan Lengel
State Sen. Wilkerson
State Sen. Wilkerson
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WASHINGTON — Federal conviction. Federal indictment.
Heck.
These days those things don’t seem to be stopping Joe Politician from campaigning for re-election.
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was convicted of public corruption charges on Monday. But instead of waving the white flag, he chastised the government and vowed to campaign on.
“I am innocent,” Stevens said in a statement. “This verdict is the result of the unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial. I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights. I remain a candidate for the United States Senate.”
In Massachusetts,  State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson who was arrested Tuesday in an FBI sting for allegedly accepting bribes, also vowed to stay the course with her write-in campaign she launched after losing in the Democratic primary.
“I would like voters of the 2nd Suffolk Senate District to know that I am staying the course of my campaign for re-election on Nov. 4,” Wilkerson said in a statement. “Not only does this represent the biggest challenge in my personal and political life, but it will test to the limit the notion of innocent until proven guilty.”
And then there’s Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), who is running for re-election well over a year after he was indicted on public corruption charges. He has yet to go to trial.
These days, he isn’t saying much about the indictment or the $90,000 in the freezer.
But  his longtime pastor, Bishop Paul Morton Sr., summed it all up in a quote in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
“I’ve seen too many congressmen who have been indicted who have won their cases. And we’re not going to let a Congressman go down because of an indictment. Anybody can be indicted. You got to do more than that.”
Also Read: Sen. Stevens Asks Atty. Gen. To Investigate Prosecutors’ Conduct (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

FBI Report Says Drug Gangs Encouraging Attacks On U.S. Law Enforcement In Texas

The bottom line: Never underestimate the drug trade.

Jeremy Roebuck
The Monitor
McALLEN, Tex.— Recent U.S. efforts to disrupt drug smuggling routes through the Rio Grande Valley have prompted threats of retaliation against authorities on this side of the river, according to an FBI intelligence report.
Vowing to maintain control over valuable trafficking corridors such as those in Reynosa, Matamoros and Miguel Alemán, the Gulf Cartel and its paramilitary enforcement wing, Los Zetas, have begun stockpiling weapons, reaching out to Texas gangs and issuing orders to “confront U.S. law enforcement agencies to zealously protect their criminal interests,” the report states.
The organizations’ encroachment north of the border marks a troubling shift in strategies, federal and local authorities say.
Prior to now, smugglers largely maintained a non-engagement policy with law enforcement here, even as they carried out hundreds of assassinations and violent attacks on authorities in Mexico.
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Sixty-Something Man Arrested In Bogus Anthrax Mailings

Some people need to get a hobby.

By Sudhin Thanawala
Associated Press Writer
San FRANCISCO – A California man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sending hoax letters labeled “anthrax” to scores of media outlets, the FBI said Wednesday, warning that many of the threats may still be in the mail.
Marc M. Keyser, 66, sent more than 120 envelopes containing a compact disc that had a packet of sugar labeled “Anthrax Sample” along with a biohazard symbol, the FBI said in a news release. The CD was titled “Anthrax: Shock & Awe Terror.”
Keyser was taken into custody without incident at his home in Sacramento on three counts of sending a hoax letter, the FBI said. At least some of the packages had Keyser’s return address on them, said FBI agent Steve Dupre.
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Forty One Indicted In Mexican Drug Cartel

By Marcus Garner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA — Federal and local law enforcement seized a record amount of illegal drugs and drug money during a two-year, multi-state investigation of a Mexican drug cartel, authorities said Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney David Nahmias announced three federal indictments naming 41 people who reportedly ran an illegal drug operation that funneled cocaine and marijuana from Mexico through south Texas to the Atlanta area, and then sent cash back to Mexico.
During what’s being called “Operation Pay Cut,” federal agents and local police confiscated $22 million in cash. Nahmias said that’s a record.
“This is by far the largest ever seizure of [drug] proceeds in the Atlanta area,” he said. “This is another case of a major cartel-related Mexican organization that processed huge amounts of illegal drugs and money through metro Atlanta to many other parts of the country.”
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Boston U.S. Atty. Press Conference On Arrest Of State Senator Wilkerson

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NYPD Chief Kelly As New Sec. Of Homeland Security?

Rich Cooper, a columnist for Security DeBrief, a website on homeland security issues, has a few suggestions for a replacement for Homeland Security Sec. Michael Chertoff in 2009. Some of his nominees include New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

NYPD Police Chief Ray Kelly/official photo
NYPD Police Chief Ray Kelly/official photo

By Rich Cooper
With Election Day approaching, the parlor game of who might get ‘the big jobs’ of the new President’s Cabinet is underway. As a longstanding Washington tradition (thankfully only celebrated every four years), there are lots of names being floated around to fill these big chairs. There has already been coverage by Politico, CQ as well as other media outlets on some of the prospective names but none of these positions has as much personal and professional interest for me as who will selected as the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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FBI Informant Takes Stand in Ft. Dix Terrorism Trial

The informant in the Ft. Dix trial, whose credibility has been attacked, was on the stand Tuesday. Jurors heard tapes of him while wearing an FBI wire.

By Geoff Mulvihill
Associated Press Writer
CAMDEN, N.J. — The paid informant who helped build the case against five men accused of plotting to attack soldiers in New Jersey took the witness stand Tuesday, but much of what jurors heard from him came in the form of secretly taped conversations with one of the accused.
“We have talked a lot and we are still talking. What can we do?” informant Mahmoud Omar asked defendant Mohamad Shnewer during a 2006 discussion in which both decried U.S. treatment of Muslims.
Omar kept asking similar questions in Arabic at Shnewer’s family’s home in Cherry Hill. Once, Shnewer’s answer was to seek help from God, saying he had helped the cause by unleashing Hurricane Katrina.
A moment later, Shnewer, then 21, had another idea.
“Here, if you want to do anything, there’s Fort Dix,” he said. “I am not exaggerating how easily you can strike an American base.”
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