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Sharp Rise in Border Patrol Apprehensions along New Mexico Border

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol is experiencing a sharp increase in apprehensions at the New Mexico border, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The Border Patrol took into custody nearly 8,000 people for illegally crossing the border in fiscal 2013 – compared to about 5,700 in fiscal 2012.

Although the New Mexico numbers were on the rise, Texas and Tucson saw declines, Albuquerque Journal wrote.

It may be the success in places like Tucson that are prompting immigrants to try the New Mexico border, said Joe Romero, acting special operations supervisor in the Border Patrol El Paso sector’s public affairs office..

“The success of neighboring sectors, such as Tucson Sector, may lead people away from that area in hopes of possibly finding a greater chance for success in our area,” Romero said in an emailed response to questions from the Albuquerque Journal.


Man Arrested After Threatening to Detonate Explosive-Laden Burrito at FBI Office

Steve Neavling

A man convinced that the FBI had implanted a tracking device into his head threatened to detonate an explosive burrito at the bureau’s Albuquerque field office, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Brian DeMarco, 50, called up the FBI from his Super 8 motel room to warn that he planned to blow up a explosives-rigged Mexican lunch wrap, the FBI told the Journal.

Additionally, DeMarco, who also complained that the FBI was beaming photos into his brain, said he had placed a bomb at the Albuquerque Social Security Administration building.

DeMarco, who said he’d been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was arrested at a bus station and no explosives were found.

Justice Department Investigates Albuquerque Police Department for Use of Excessive Force

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is launching an investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department following more than two dozen shootings, the New York Times reports.

The probe is to determine whether police used excessive force, including unreasonable deadly force, against suspects.

“We will peel the onion to its core, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference in Albuquerque.

“We will talk to department leadership and rank-and-file officers,” Mr. Perez said. “We will also actively engage with the community, a critical part of the process of determining whether systemic violations exist.”

In the past two years, the police department has been involved in 25 shootings, 17 of which were fatal, the New York Times reported.

The frequency of the shootings has alarmed authorities.

Robert Anderson Promoted to Assist. Director FBI’s Counterintelligence Division

By Allan Lengel
Robert Anderson, Jr., is moving up.

Anderson, who has been the deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters has been promoted to assistant director of the division.

Anderson joined the FBI in 1995 and was assigned to the Washington Field Office, where he investigated narcotics and violent crimes. In 1997, he transferred to the Hostage Rescue Team, where he completed deployments to more than 20 countries.

In 2001, he became a supervisor in the Counterintelligence Division. As a unit chief, he oversaw the management of nuclear proliferation and espionage investigations. He supervised the Phillip Cheng investigation in the San Francisco Division, which led to the arrests of 16 people for dual-use technology transfers.

Anderson returned to the Washington Field Office in 2004, first as the supervisor of its global foreign counterintelligence squad and later as the supervisor of one of its espionage squads.

In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterespionage Branch at WFO.

He returned to headquarters in 2008 to serve as chief of the Counterespionage Section. During the next year, he led the Harold James Nicholson/Nathan Nicholson espionage investigation, which resulted in the re-arrest and prosecution of Nicholson and his son for espionage.

In 2009, he was detailed for three months in 2009 as the acting special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Division.

He returned once again to WFO in 2010 as special agent in charge of its Intelligence Division. Before joining the FBI, he was a Delaware State Trooper for nearly nine years.

Former ICE Official to Train Albuquerque Police

Steve Neavling

 A former official for Immigration Customs Enforcement was hired to train the Albuquerque Police Department to rely more on cooperation and less on force, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Joe Wolf, 56, who oversaw training for ICE, will serve as the new training director for the Albuquerque Police Department agency.

The idea, Wolf said, is to improve interactions between police and the public.

“This is not an occupying army,” Wolf told the Albuquerque Journal. “There’s a disconnect with the military model of law enforcement training. We’re trying to create individual thinkers, not group movement … That’s a tall order.”

Ex-FBI Employee Sues; Says She Was Harassed Because of Her Good Looks and Talent

By Allan Lengel

The bottom line is Erika Bonilla, a professional singer and former FBI employee in New Mexico,says don’t hate her cause she’s beautiful.

The 38-year-old has filed a lawsuit against the FBI and Justice Department, alleging she was harassed by her co-workers because they were “jealous of her appearance and Latin singing career,” ABC News reports.

Bonilla, 38, first worked in the Albuquerque FBI field office in 2002 and 2007 was promoted to an Administrative Specialist, “which entailed human resources management, language testing, applicant testing and recruiting matters,” the suit said, according to ABC News.

according to the lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in New Mexico.

The suit states she “was targeted, harassed and retaliated against because she is an attractive Hispanic female with a career in Latin music,” ABC reports.

The suit also said she has performed at various headquarters at FBI.


Fed Grand Jury Probing Bill Richardson’s Campaign Funds

Ex-Gov. Richardson

By Allan Lengel

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is in for some nail biting.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a fed grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into possible financial irregularities in Richardson’s failed presidential campaign.

The paper reported that a number of witnesses have been granted immunity.

The paper reported that the feds are looking into whether campaign funds were improperly used to settle a “threatened lawsuit” against Richardson in the fall of 2007 by a former state government worker.


FBI in New Mexico Releases Images, Seeks Help in Finding Bodies Linked to Suspected Serial Killer

By Danny Fenster

Seeking the public’s help, the FBI in Albuquerque has released  hundreds of images of items collected during the investigation of suspected serial killer David Parker Ray.

Ray died in 2002 while serving more than 223-years in a state prison in connection with the kidnapping of two women who said he sexually tortured them at his residence near Elephant Butte Lake, N.M.

Ray claimed to have abducted about 40 victims from several states, though no bodies have been found so far. Many searches have been conducted over the years, and suspicions remain that Ray may have murdered several victims still unidentified.

The FBI is asking public to look at the images of clothing and jewelry, which they believe may have been taken from his victims, to see if anybody recognizes the items.

released fbi photo

“We are asking family and friends of missing people to look over these photographs and contact us if they recognize any of these items,” said Frank Fisher of the Albuquerque Field Office.

To read more, and to view the images, click here.