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FBI: Missing Girl Likely Abducted, Raped, Shot, Fed to Alligators

Brittanee Drexel, who went missing seven years ago.

Brittanee Drexel, who went missing seven years ago.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gruesome new details have emerged in the case of a missing teenage girl who disappeared from Myrtle Beach seven years ago.

The FBI now believes 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel, of Rochester, NY, was “abducted, gang-raped, shot to death and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp,” the New York Daily News writes.

The information comes from a prison inmate, who said he was present during the killing.

“Several witnesses have told us Miss Drexel’s body was placed in a pit, or gator pit, to have her body disposed of. Eaten by the gators,” FBI Agent Gerrick Munoz said.

At least two people have been implicated in the case so far.

Portland Press Herald: Ban on Medical Marijuana Hurts Legitimate Patients

marijuana-istockBy Editorial Board
Portland Press Herald

A recent decision upholding the federal ban on medical cannabis was a letdown in Maine and the 24 other states where the drug can be prescribed to ease the symptoms of illness.

But the Aug. 11 announcement also offered reason for a more optimistic prognosis: The Drug Enforcement Administration is removing a major roadblock to medical studies of marijuana and advancing long-stalled efforts to research the plant’s value as a medication.

For 46 years, marijuana (along with heroin and LSD) has been a Schedule I drug, with no known medical benefits and “a high potential for abuse.” So when the DEA announced in April that it would soon decide whether to reclassify cannabis, there was widespread hope that the government was rethinking its long-held stance on the drug.

The production, distribution and consumption of marijuana all remain illegal under federal law – a fact that keeps medical cannabis patients and state-licensed suppliers in limbo.

Maine families have had to establish residency in Colorado in order to obtain the cannabis extract that helps their children’s epilepsy. Why? Because that particular strain, Charlotte’s Web, is grown in Colorado. And if parents can’t find something that works at home, they don’t have the option of crossing state lines to get it somewhere else.

Under federal law, that’s drug trafficking, even if they’re transporting strains like Charlotte’s Web that are low in THC, the chemical compound that’s the source of the high.

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FBI Agents in Training Visit MLK Memorial As Part of Cultural-Sensitivity Training

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents who undergo months-long training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., undergo target practice and training for surveillance and self-defense.

But one of the newest exercises involves FBI agents in training to take a trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

The trainees, dressed in plainclothes, were told to pick the most inspirational MLK quote etched into the stone slabs of the memorial and then discuss it, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

The point of the exercise is to show the FBI’s questionable investigations into King, which included racially motivated wiretapping and harassment.

FBI trainees receive other forms of cultural-sensitivity training, including visiting the National Holocaust Museum.

“We wanted to provide a lesson of what happens when power is abused and the responsibility that comes with being in the FBI,” said Cynthia DeWitte, a curriculum manager at the FBI academy. “We wanted this to be more than a field trip.”

Border Patrol Finds Whopping $3M in Cash Stuffed in Car Trunk

Border Patrol found $3 million in cash stuffed in a trunk, via Border Patrol.

Border Patrol found $3 million in cash stuffed in a trunk, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are accustomed to finding cash or drugs packed away in vehicles.

But agents in San Diego were shocked when they opened the trunk of a car and found $3 million in cash, CNN reports.

“This is one of our larger cash seizures,” said Ralph DeSio, spokesman for the San Diego office of US Customs and Border Protection.

The bust is a major victory because it hurts the drug smugglers who rely on the cash.

The money was discovered in a Volkswagen Passat.

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FBI: Minnesota Man Used Settlement from Bridge Collapse to Support ISIS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mohamed Roble was 10 years old, the school bus he was riding crashed after a Minneapolis bridge began to crumble into the Mississippi river.

Thirteen people died when the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed.

Roble began receiving $19,000 from his settlement from the crash when he was 18. The Washington Post reports that Roble is accused of using the money to join ISIS in Syria not long after.

Roble is the 11th man from the Twin Cities area to be charged with supporting ISIS, the Justice Department said.

Innocent Dallas Couple’s Home Raided by FBI in Apparent Mistake

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donna and Walter Williams were rattled awake by a loud noise at their door in Dallas.

“Boom, boom, boom!” Donna told WFAA.com. “My husband jumped up, and he said, ‘Somebody’s trying to break in!'” 

Their home had been broken into before, so they worried they were about to get robbed.

“We heard, ‘Open the door! Open the door now!'” Donna recalled.

FBI agents stormed into the home looking for a man that the Williams said they’ve never seen before.

“He showed me the picture, and I said, ‘Sir, I’ve never seen this man before in my life,'” Williams said. “It’s only me, my husband, and our little dog.”

The FBI eventually cleared the home.

Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas M. Class, Sr., released a statement:

“The FBI attempted to execute a lawful, federal arrest warrant at [the home on] Blanton Street, Dallas, Texas, based upon probable cause to believe a wanted subject resided at that location. The FBI determined through a search of the home and the cooperation of the residents that the subject was not there, and agents departed the scene,”

The Williams family wants answers.

“I want to know why we were treated that way,” she said. “It was so scary. They didn’t ring the doorbell. They didn’t knock on the door. All they was trying to do was break in, and proceeded to treat us like criminals.”

Judge Orders State Department to Release Some Clinton E-Mails by Sept. 13

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The timing is bad for Hillary Clinton.

Under an order from a federal judge, the State Department must begin delivering a portion of the emails uncovered by the FBI during its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server by Sept. 13, CNN reports. 

The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, is suing for the records.

But the judge only ordered the release of documents related to the Benghazi attacks, and it’s possible that none of those documents exists, the State Department said.

“As we have said, the department agreed to search the materials we received from the FBI in response to several pending (Freedom of Information Act) requests and, to the extent responsive records are identified, produce them,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Thursday. “Using broad search terms, we have identified a number of documents potentially responsive to a Benghazi-related request. At this time, we have not confirmed that the documents are, in fact, responsive. We also have not determined if they involve Secretary Clinton.”