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Tag: Arizona

FBI Stands ‘Firmly Behind’ Agent Accused of Committing Perjury in Criminal Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is standing behind an agent who is accused of committing perjury.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the FBI stands “firmly behind” Agent Brian Grehoski, who is accused of lying during testimony in a hearing on campaign finance allegations.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said he’s unaware of any internal investigations of Grehoski.

Even Yavapai County prosecutors who are handling the case are defending Grehoski.

Border Patrol Agents Show Compassionate Side by Donating Money, Bone Marrow

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol employees already make big sacrifices for their job.

But Tucson News Now reports that Border Patrol workers in Tucson, Ariz., recently donated more than $335,000 to charities as part of the Arizona Combined Federal Campaign.

The charities ranged from helping children with cancer to supporting local food banks.

But 30 employees didn’t stop there and agreed to be tested to see if they can donate bone marrow.

Thieves Break Through Roof of Phoenix Pawn Shop, Steal 36 Handguns

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your typical store robbery.

Two crooks stole 36 guns after breaking through the roof of a Phoenix pawn shop, Myfoxphoenix.com reports.

Concerned about where those guns are going, the ATF is offering a reward.

The thieves only swiped handguns.

“They have to acquire guns. Certainly the U.S. is no stranger, the south-west border in particular, for being a gun locker if your will being able to obtain guns here through the secondary market. Though illegally purchasing guns and also stealing guns.” said Tim Mangan with ATF.

FBI Raids Arizona Business That Sells Bodies, Body Parts to Research Facilities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI raided a business in Arizona that buys cadavers and body parts for a human tissue bank, AZFamily.com reports.

Federal and state authorities wearing masks hauled away boxes from Biological Resource Center on Monday.

The business describes itself as a facility that “connects those who wish to donate their body to science with medical and research facilities.”

The FBI declined to divulge details.

“I can’t tell you much,” Stephanie Grisham with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office told AZFamily.com. “All I can say is that it’s a joint investigation between the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the FBI.”

Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots Man Following Scuffle in Southern Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man in southern Arizona following a struggle between the pair, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities were tracking a group of people Thursday night on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

While two of the suspect were apprehended, a third escaped. He was found under a mesquite tree and began fighting the agent and trying to steal his gun, the AP wrote.

The man is believed to be in his 20s. He died at the scene, the AP reported.

The shooting is under investigation.

Robots to Help Border Patrol Capture Illegal Activity in Tunnel Systems Between Mexico, U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tunnel systems that run between the U.S. and Mexico border are used to transport drugs, people, weapons and other illegal material.

Now, Border Patrol agents are using robot technology to detect tunnels, the Associated Press reports.

Agents in Tucson, Ariz., plan to demonstrate the “tunnel robots” Tuesday.

According to CBP, tunnels are becoming increasingly popular for criminal organizations.

More than 75 tunnels have been found between the border since 2008, the AP wrote.

$600,000 Houses for Border Patrol Agents Comes Under Investigation by Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Opening an investigation into the costly price tag for housing for Border Patrol agents in Arizona, the Homeland Security Department has sent inspectors to the former mining town, the Arizona Republic reports.

The $15 million housing project caused an uproar among residents, who say the federal government spent far too much money on the project in a city that has an abundance of low-cost housing.

The project ended up costing $600,000 for each of the 21 modest homes.

 

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He Did What?! Man Tries to Smuggle Thai Woman into U.S. in Suitcase

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents find some of the most bizarre ways that people smuggle humans into the U.S.

But a recent discovery surprised even veterans in the field, the Phoenix Times reports.

A Phoenix man headed back to the U.S. from the port entry of Nogales tried to smuggle a Thai woman in a suitcase in the back of his SUV.

After being chosen for further inspection on Dec. 30, the man could do nothing as officers unzipped a large suitcase. Inside was a 48-year-old Thai woman.