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Secret Service Helps Nab Peruvian Who Printed $4.5M in Counterfeit Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Peruvian man is accused of printing millions of dollars in counterfeit U.S. currency, Bloomberg reports.

Authorities arrested Pedro Sosa Inca Casana, 42, as he emerged from a taxi with $1.9 million in counterfeit bills, the Secret Service said.

Authorities said the suspect was operating a counterfeiting operation out of a downtown Lima store.

The Secret Service seized $4.5 million, along with printing supplies.

“This investigation addresses the continuing economic threats to our country and illustrates how well established law enforcement networks work together to disrupt international organized crime each day,” U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said in a statement.

Border Patrol Cancels Flights for Central American Migrants Squeezed into Texas Facility

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Flights that were scheduled to begin flying Central American immigrants from Texas to California today to ease up on overcrowded conditions have been canceled, NBC News reports.

What’s unclear is why the flights were stopped, said Ralph DeSio, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection.

“This whole thing is in a very fluid state,” DeSio said. “I’m not sure if the plans will be reactivated but, as we’re speaking here this moment, it has been canceled. Tomorrow is another day.”

The government has been trying to determine what to do with an excessive number of immigrants, especially children, from Central America.
Recently released videos showed that immigrants were forced to wait in squalid conditions.

ATF Arrests Dr. Death in Sacramento for Allegedly Making Assault Rifles in Metal Shop

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Sacramento man known as “Dr. Death” was faces gun-making charges after he was arrested Friday by the ATF, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The arrest follows a grand jury indictment of Daniel Crowninshield, 45, of Sacramento, who has been charged with unlawfully making firearms and possessing machine guns.

According to authorities, Crowninshield, who was known online as “Dr. Death,” is accused of operating an unlicensed firearms-making business out of a metal shop in Sacramento.

Crowninshield is accused of manufacturing lower receivers for AR-15s and other firearms.

“The production and sale of assault rifles without serial numbers, background checks or waiting periods poses a serious danger to public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner.

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Parker: Strongest Medical Evidence Yet of the Harm from Marijuana Legalization

Ross Parker

 
Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

The evidence continues to mount of the dangerous health risks of today’s potent forms of marijuana, especially to segments of the population such as juveniles and young adults. But the medical evidence seems to be having little effect in view of a combination of denial, lack of political will, and ignorance on the part of state legislators and the public in general, as well as the well organized and financed forces of legalization.

Last week The New England Journal of Medicine, probably the most respected medical journal in the United States, reported in an article entitled, “Adverse Effects of Marijuana Use,” by four physicians and researchers that there is a substantial level of scientific confidence that the drug can result in addiction, memory and cognitive function damage, impairment of motor function, and long lasting negative changes in brain function. Their conclusion was that increased availability from legalization will significantly increase the negative health consequences to the population.

As shown in other studies, short term use makes it difficult to learn and retain information. Driving skills are impaired. Risky behavior and even paranoia and psychosis can result. Long term use can alter brain development, encourages dropping out of school, a lower IQ during adolescence, reduced satisfaction and achievement, chronic bronchitis, and an increased risk of schizophrenia.

Although the study advises that there can be other factors involved in these devastating results, the link between marijuana and social factors such as lower income, more public assistance, unemployment, criminal behavior, and a lower life satisfaction has been established by several studies. People who used the drug before driving were from 2 to 7 times as likely to be responsible for an accident than those who had not used alcohol or marijuana.

The increase in the average potency of THC content continues to increase, from 3% in the 1980s to 12% in 2012. As the cultivation continues to become more sophisticated in states like Colorado and California, one could expect this figure to increase significantly and, correspondingly, to increase the extent of the adverse effects on increasing numbers of people in the population. Increased emergency room visits (100 % increase from 2004 to 2011) and reports to poison control centers (three times the number in legalization states) forcefully demonstrate that this phenomenon is well under way.

Importantly, this steep increase in the THC content also calls into question the validity of all of those studies done in previous decades. The assurances of those early studies, on which pro-legalization forces rely so heavily to assuage the reluctance of state legislators, are worth little in the face of these statistics and the recent medical studies.

The article reports that there is evidence that marijuana or other cannabinoids may benefit symptoms associated with certain clinical conditions such as glaucoma, nausea, inflammatory diseases, MS, and epilepsy. However, more research is necessary to confirm these findings, as well as to determine the most effective form of administration.

Since medical marijuana prescriptions issued to adults are a major source of recreational use by juveniles, states must develop an effective method of regulation, as well as education about the dangers of both inadvertent and commercial distribution for non-medical use. Anyone who reviews medical marijuana advertisements or talks to law enforcement officers about the level of therapeutics of many of such clinics, can only question whether the drug legalization is actually accomplishing a fraction of the benefits touted by its advocates.

Recently, I walked around Venice and Santa Monica beaches in southern California. The number and appearances of the “medical” marijuana clinics in the narrow streets leading to the beaches were strikingly non-medical to everyone I was with. The medical purpose of such businesses seemed like a joke. A local federal agent confirmed that the great majority of the large amounts dispensed were universally known to be used recreationally and were so ubiquitous as to be unenforceable. The genie was out of the bottle.

Twenty-two states have legalized marijuana use in some form or another. One can only hope that other states will pause in this trend and consider the mounting medical evidence of significant health and well being problems in so many different categories. Perhaps studies in the 22 states will demonstrate that the cost of these policies is so great as to demand reconsideration.

 

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Former Chicago Worker Sues City, Says She Was Fired by Alderman for Cooperating with FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former 12th Ward employee is suing the city and her former boss, Alderman George Cardenas, after she said she was fired for answering questions from the FBI about “illegal hiring practices and other illegal operations,” The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The whistleblower lawsuit claims she was illegally terminated after cooperating with federal authorities on an investigation.

Cardenas fired back, saying he is not the subject of an FBI probe.

“This is nothing more than a smear tactic,” he said of the lawsuit. “ I am not, nor have I ever been, part of any federal investigation, ever.”

Alderman’s office was under investigation by the city’s Inspector General following complaints that Cardenas was using city resources, including employees, to handle election-related activities.

FBI Agents in Chicago Give Seriously Ill Boy a Memory He’ll Never Forget

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Special Agent Michael Rees was so saddened by a newspaper article in April about a seriously ill boy that he sprang to action.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the boy, Sammy Nahorny, was undergoing a unique high-dose radiation therapy for neuroblastoma, a deadly pediatric cancer that required the Nebraska child to be alone in a hospital room for nearly a week because he was so radioactive.

“My wife insisted I read the story … it touched her because of the isolation, because our son had a short stay at Comer and because Sammy wanted to be in the FBI,” Rees said.

Sure enough, the FBI planned a day for the boy and his family at the training facility in North Chicago. They viewed an FBI helicopter and a SWAT team demonstration. They also explored a gun vault and dined on pizza.

By day’s end, Sammy received a special junior agent credentials.

“This touched a number of us,” Rees said, “and people fell all over themselves to help. We’re moms and dads, too … and this was something we could do, to share some of the blessings we have.”

Baltimore Prosecutor: FBI Agents Won’t Be Charged in Fatal Owing Mills Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents won’t be charged after opening fire on a suspected gang member in Baltimore, according to a report on the fatal shooting, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The decision was made by the Baltimore County state’s attorney’s office, which decided that the agents were acting in self-defense.

Agents fired 19 rounds, striking Jameel Kareem Ofurum Harrison, 34, six times.

The report states that Harrison “put the vehicle in reverse, accelerated past two witness vehicles, then struck a third witness vehicle. At that point the driver made a movement that placed three agents in fear of death or injury, causing them to discharge their weapons.”

Harrison died at the scene.