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Steven Maloney Assumes Leadership of CBP’s Baltimore Field Office

CBP’s Baltimore Field Office Commander Stephen Maloney. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

Stephen T. Maloney, a former Baltimore school teacher, officially took the helm of CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. 

CBP welcomed Maloney at a ceremony last week. 

“Today, we celebrate Steve Maloney becoming the Director of Field Operations for Customs and Border Protection’s Baltimore Field Office, which is an office that is integral to our national security and our economy,” CBP’s Deputy Commissioner Troy A. Miller said. “I can honestly say there’s no better person to lead the Baltimore Field Office than Steve. His experience, knowledge, and compassion position him perfectly to lead the Baltimore Field Office and I have no doubt that he will lead our mid-Atlantic operations with integrity, valor, commitment, and passion.”

Maloney said he is eager to lead the agency’s office.

“In the past nearly six months I have met many employees of the Baltimore Field Office and I am humbled to lead them and even prouder to serve alongside them,” Maloney said. “I have loved my job just about every day since I started with this agency and this agency has given me the opportunity to do incredible things. But there is no job in this agency that I am more excited for than this one, and so it is with drive, determination and great passion that I accept and assume command of the Baltimore Field Office.”

Maloney was a high school teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Baltimore. 

A native of Maine, Maloney most recently served as the director of CBP’s Field Transformation Team at CBP headquarters. 

Maloney’s career with the agency began in 2002, when he was an immigration inspector in Miami. He later held several leadership positions at strategic ports of entry and represented CBP internationally as an instructor, team leader and short-term advisor in Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria and Israel. 

Maloney received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University. He graduated from the CBP Leadership Institute in 2017. 

In Baltimore, Maloney will be responsible for more than 900 employees throughout the mid-Atlantic region. 

Ex-HSI Agent Convicted of Dozens of Charges for Accepted Bribes Linked to Organized Crime

By Steve Neavling

A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a former special agent with Homeland Security Investigations of dozens of criminal charges for accepting bribes linked to organized crime. 

Felix Cisneros Jr., 48, of Murrieta, Calif., was convicted of 26 counts of money laundering, two counts of filing a false tax return, and one cont each of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery of a public official, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Between 2015 and 2016, Cisneros accepted more than $100,000 in checks and gifts. 

In exchange for the bribes, Cisneros accessed a DHS database for information about a German national, placing an alert in a law enforcement database for an address associated with an illegal marijuana grow operations, obtaining an official DHS letter to allow the parole of a suspect’s brother-in-law, and collecting information on an associate of the suspect. 

Cisneros also underreported his total income on his federal income tax returns in 2015 and 2016. 

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1.

GAO: Border Patrol Agents Significantly Undercount Immigrant Deaths

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents are significantly undercounting the number of immigrant deaths, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.  

Forbes write, “The finding provides more evidence that for many years U.S. immigration policy has been ineffective, counterproductive and deadly. Continuing policies that rely on enforcement alone and ignore the need to offer legal visas for those seeking work will result in thousands of more deaths and continued frustration about policies that fail to deter unlawful migration into the United States.”

The GAO report states, “CBP [Customs and Border Protection] has not collected and recorded, or reported to Congress, complete data on migrant deaths or disclosed limitations with the data it has reported.”

According to the report, Border Patrol isn’t taking advantage of the resources that would enable them to account for all of the deaths. 

At the Tucson Sector, the agency reported 339 deaths between 2015 and 2019. But according to public data from the Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Migrants, 699 immigrants died between that period. 

Carl Landrum Takes Helm at Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector

Carl Landrum, chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector in Texas.

By Steve Neavling

The U.S. Border Patrol welcomed Carl E. Landum as chief patrol agent of the Laredo Sector in Texas. 

Landrum began serving as the sector’s deputy patrol agent in December and was appointed to the permanent position in February. 

His appointment was made officials during a ceremony on Friday.

“I want to take this time to thank the men and women of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol, US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Matthew J. Hudak our local, state, and federal partners, visiting chiefs from surrounding sectors, local and state leaders, and my family and friends who were in attendance with me at today’s Change of Command Ceremony,” Landrum said. “I consider myself a Laredoen, this is my community and I vow to support and work together with our leaders in this community. We are all here together for a reason, together we will take America to a better place.”

Since joining Border Patrol in 1996, Landum has served in numerous supervisory and command positions, including special agent with the Federal Air Marshal Service in New York City and assistant chief patrol agent at Border Patrol headquarters in Washington D.C.

In 2011, Landrum was promoted to patrol agent in charge of the Cotulla Border Patrol Station in Texas, and in 2012, he became patrol agent in charge of the Laredo North Border Patrol Station. 

In 2014, Landum was promoted to division chief at the Laredo Sector. He also created the Department of Homeland Security Joint Task Force West in San Antonio. 

In 2016, he became deputy chief patrol agent of the Yuma Sector. 

Before joining Border Patrol, Landrum received a bachelor’s degree of science in information systems from the University of Phoenix. He earned a master’s degree in strategic studies form the U.S. Army War College and became the first civilian to attend the school’s Advanced Strategic Art Program.

The Laredo Sector covers over more than 84,000 square miles in 96 counties from the U.S.-Mexico border to the borders of Texasand Oklahoma and Arkansas and has more than 1,900 employees. The Laredo Sector has nine stations: Laredo North, Laredo South, Laredo West, Zapata, Cotulla, Hebbronville, Freer, San Antonio, and Dallas. 

Keri Farley Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Atlanta Field Office

Special Agent in Charge Keri Farley

By Steve Neavling

Keri Farley has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office. 

Before the appointment, Farley was the special agent in charge of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the New York Field Office. 

Farley became a special agent with the FBI in 2004 at the Boston Field Office, where she investigated national security issues. 

In 2007, she joined the New York Field Office. Three years later, she served as supervisory special agent over New York’s first Terrorist Use of the Internet squad. 

In 2012, Farley became supervisor of the Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Long Island Resident Agency. She was promoted in 2014 to assistant inspector and team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Farley became assistant special agent in charge of the Intelligence Branch of the Charlotte Field Office in North Carolina in 2016. Two years later, she was named chief of the Human Intelligence Section in the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters, and in 2020 she became acting chief of staff of the National Security Branch at headquarters.

Later in 2020, Farley began serving as special agent in charge of the Intelligence and Surveillance Division of the New York Field Office. In 20201, she was named special agent in charge of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

Before joining the FBI, Farley practiced labor and employment law. She received a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Cornell University and a juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law. She also played for the U.S. National Handball Team. 

FBI Rallied to Beat Secret Service in Annual Charity Ice Hockey Game

The FBI received a trophy for beating the Secret Service.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI defeated its longtime hockey rivals, the Secret Service, in their annual charity game on Saturday.

The bureau fell behind but rallied to win 3-2. 

“It was a good, hard-fought battle,” Kevin Weinstock, who skates for the FBI team, said in a news release. “It’s always back and forth between our two teams. We know they’re a fast team; so we like to weather the storm with them…We fought back, got a couple goals in the third and took it to them and won,” said even though he recently left the agency. 

The game, which dates back to the early 2000s, took pace at Medstar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. 

The game provides an opportunity for employees to support their agencies in a different way than usual, Weinstock said. 

 “I think it gives employees a fun, social event that relates to work, but it’s outside of it,” he said. “It’s something fun you can feel a part of supporting your team.” 

Eric B. Smith Retires As Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Cleveland Field Office

Former Special Agnet in Charge Eric B. Smith

By Steve Neavling

Eric B. Smith, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office, has retired. 

Smith, a native of Ohio, held the position since February 2019. 

He is a 23-year veteran of the bureau. 

“I think we have the best leadership and field office in the country,” Smith told 5 ABC in Cleveland.

“One of the things I’m very proud of is the partnership we made with the private sector,” Smith said. “Seventy percent of critical infrastructure in this country sits in the private sector.”

Smith has joined the private sector. 

An interim special agent in charge will hold the position until a permanent replacement is appointed. 

Smith joined the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned to the Wichita Resident Agency, Kansas City Field Office, where he worked violent crime, counterterrorism and counterintelligence.

In 2005, he transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. Three years later, he became a supervisor for the Cleveland Field Office’s counterterrorism squad and Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to an FBI press release. Two years later, he became the FBI’s senior representative to a counterterrorism task force headquartered in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Smith returned to the Cleveland Field Office in 2013, where he was named assistant special agent in charge over counterterrorism and cyber matters and the resident agencies.

In 2015, he took on the role of chief of staff to the FBI deputy director. He later became special assistant to the Director in 2016.

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