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How a Kingpin Above the Law Fell, Incredibly, Without a Shot

By DAMIEN CAVE
New York Times
MAZATLÁN, Mexico — They reacted here with utter disbelief. Joaquín Guzmán Loera, El Chapo, drug kingpin to the world, the Robin Hood of Sinaloa, had been arrested in his home state, in the resort town that is a loyal fief of his empire?

“It was too easy,” said a young woman of model height, her back to the sea, her eyes fixed on the 12-story condominium where Mexican marines and United States agents grabbed him early on Saturday morning. “No shootout, no final stand?”

The takedown this weekend of the world’s most wanted man — the chief executive of what experts describe as the world’s most sophisticated narcotics enterprise, the Sinaloa cartel — upended long-held assumptions about the impunity of Mexican mobsters.

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Vehicles Belonging to FBI Agents, Police Aren’t Exempt from New York’s Strict No-Parking Zones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

For decades, FBI agents and other law enforcement in New York who were illegally parked faced little to no consequences.

But now the New York Times reports that the city’s police department is beginning to tow hundreds of cars belonging to agencies such as the FBI.

In 2013, the city towed 1,855 cars that were illegally parked but had identifying plaques displayed in their windows. Of those, 311 were federal vehicles; 361 were police vehicles; and 242 were from the Fire Department.

Although fines aren’t paid, it is a time-consuming hassle. Agents must go to Police Headquarters and explain that they were on official business before going to retrieve the car in the tow pound.

FBI Special Agent Leaves Public Service to Launch Private Firm Aimed at Background Checks, Surveillance


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI Special Agent Leon Martinez, who investigated 9/11 terrorists, government corruption and drug cartels in Florida, is headed to the private sector after 25 years with the bureau, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Martinez is opening a private investigative firm in Sarasota called the Executive Assessment Group, which will conduct background investigations and surveillance for criminal and civil attorneys.

“He’s a first-class guy and very professional,” said Todd Foster, a Tampa defense attorney.

Joining Martinez will be Mark Flint, a former Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agent; and Don Wenger, a retired Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office detective who supervised the Sheriff’s intelligence unit.

FBI Investigates Death Threat Made Against Detroit Police Chief James Craig

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — It’s not easy making friends in one of America’s most dangerous cities.

Since becoming chief of the Detroit Police Department in July, James Craig has become a thorn in the side of criminal enterprises after making five highly publicized drug sweeps and averaging 35 weekly raids.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Craig received a death threat via social media Friday.

“We need to clap him out,” Craig said the man wrote, which is slang for shooting someone to death.

Craig spoke defiantly about the threat Sunday, saying he would not be deterred.

“We will find you,” Craig said, “and we’re going to dismantle your criminal enterprise.”

Justice Department: No More Secret Subpoenas for News Organization – With Exceptions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department has pledged to stop secretly subpoenaing news organizations – for the most part.

Fox News reports that the Justice Department is changing its policy to notify news agencies of its desire to obtain records in leak investigations.

The revision will allow news organizations to challenge search warrants or subpoenas in federal court, Fox News wrote.

The change comes after the Justice Department subpoenaed telephone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press.

The Justice Department, however, said exemptions may apply in some cases.

U.S. Official: Mexico Should Extradite Suspected Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious drug lords, should be charged in the U.S. so he is never released from prison, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday.

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, wants Mexico to extradite Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who was arrested Saturday at a beach resort in Mazatlan, Mexico.

But McCaul realizes that is Mexico’s call to make.

Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001.

McCaul said the U.S. would put Guzman “in a super-max prison.”

 

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BUSTED! Drug Lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Captured in Mexican Resort Town

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Busted.

It took a while, but Mexican and U.S. authorities on Saturday, as part of a joint effort, captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the boss of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking operations in Mexico, CNN reported.

CNN reported that Mexican marines in a joint operation with the DEA captured Guzman at a hotel in the beach resort of of Mazatlán. He was with a female.

CNN reported that Phil Jordan, who spent three decades with the DEA and headed the agency’s El Paso Intelligence Center, said the arrest represents a huge blow to the world’s most powerful drug boss.

“It is a significant arrest provided he gets extradited immediately to the United States,” Jordan told CNN. “If he does not get extradited, then he will be allowed to escape within a period of time.”

He had escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001.

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