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Tag: ATF

Texas Guns Dealers Top U.S. Suppliers List to Mexican Cartels

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — America profits from the murderous ways of the Mexican cartels when it comes to supplying weapons.

Washington Post reporters James V. Grimaldi and Sari Horwitz, in a year long investigation, uncovered the names of the top 12 U.S. gun dealers of guns traced to Mexico in the past two years, with eight coming from Texas, three from Arizona and one from California.

The Post reports that Houston appears to be the number one city for guns traced to Mexican crimes.

“One of the reasons that Houston is the number one source, you can go to a different gun store for a month and never hit the same gun store,” J. Dewey Webb, special agent in charge of the Houston field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told the Post. “You can buy [a 9mm handgun] down along the border, but if you come to Houston, you can probably buy it cheaper because there’s more dealers, there’s more competition.”

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Dallas Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Shooting ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Dallas Man nicknamed “G-Bone” pleaded guilty Monday to shooting and wounding an ATF agent who had come to arrest him, authorities said.

Gary Montgomery,39, who now faces up to 20 years in prison, also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater in Dallas to distributing crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities said he is associated with the Highland Hill Posse street gang.

Court document indicate that on Sept. 2 at around 6 a.m. ATF agent tried to enter Montgomery’s Dallas home to execute an arrest warrant.

After a number of agents identified themselves by yelling “Police With a Search Warrant”, two of the ATF agents tried to enter through the front door, authorities said.

Montgomery responded by firing off shots from a 9 mm handgun through the front door. One agent was hit in the abdomen.

Robert R. Champion, head of the ATF in Dallas said “we are relieved and pleased that” the agent ” was able to recover from the shooting and was able to return to work.”

ATF Whistleblower Edgar Domenech to Become NY City Sheriff

Edgar Domenech

Edgar Domenech/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who knew New York City had a sheriff?

Well, native New Yorker Edgar Domenech, the whistleblower who was Deputy Director of ATF until he was demoted in 2007 after raising questions about financial mismanagement in 2007, has been named the city’s new sheriff, according to the New York Daily News.

Domenech is retiring from ATF as head of its Washington field office.

“Most people don’t realize that New York City has a sheriff,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, according to the Daily News. “He does not ride around on a horse, carry a six-shooter and look for cattle rustlers, but as the city’s chief civil law enforcement officer, he really is vitally important to the safety and well-being of New York.”

Domenech duties will include collecting from dead-beat dads. The New York City Sheriff’s Office is the civil law enforcement division of the New York City Department of Finance.

He said his whistleblower background will reinforce “the importance that I believe management has to have in protecting the taxpayers,” the Daily News reported.

Police Chiefs Endorse Andrew Traver to Head ATF

Andrew Traver/zerocancer.org photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on Friday voiced its “strong support” for the nomination of Andrew Traver as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Traver, who was nominated to the post by President Obama last month, currently heads up ATF’s Chicago division.

“A career law enforcement professional like Andrew Traver is an ideal selection to lead ATF, IACP President Mark Marshall, chief of the Smithfield, Va. Police Department, said in a statement.

“Throughout his career, Special Agent Traver has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to protecting public safety. His 23 years of experience at ATF have provided him the opportunity to work with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.”

“He has gained a unique understanding of the challenges and complexities they face in combating firearms violence, gang crime and other threats to our communities.”

“The IACP urges the Judiciary Committee and the members of the United States Senate to confirm Special Agent Traver’s nomination in a timely fashion.”

Inspector Gen. Glenn Fine Hanging it Up

Glenn Fine/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Over the years, his Inspector General reports have stung such agencies as the FBI and ATF and DEA, pointing out flaws, offering suggestions that have not always been welcomed with open arms.

Now, Glenn Fine, the Justice Department’s Inspector General, is hanging it up, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced. He will leave in January.

“For more than fifteen years, Glenn Fine’s commitment to integrity and professionalism has helped the Department of Justice fulfill its most important responsibilities,” Holder said in a statement.

“It has been a privilege to work with Glenn during my service as both Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Throughout his decade-long tenure as Inspector General, he has embodied the Justice Department’s highest ideals and greatest traditions of service.

“In the Justice Department’s most critical operations and practices, especially our efforts to combat corruption, fraud, waste and abuse, the work done by the Office of the Inspector General is essential. Thanks to Glenn’s outstanding leadership, this Office has never been stronger.

“I am grateful for his service, and I am certain that the Justice Department and the American people will continue to benefit from Glenn’s enduring contributions.

ATF Launches Pilot Program to Generate Tips Via Text Message

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF is turning to text messages to generate more tips.

The agency announced this week a six-month pilot program that will allow crime tips to be submitted anonymously by text message to ATF’s Joint Support and Operations Center for review and processing.

“The general public will benefit from the easy to use, anonymous system that will allow them to readily relay information from any cell phone,”  the agency said in a statement. “ATF will benefit from an increased flow of real—time intelligence, which will enhance its investigative capabilities and help keep communities safer.”

To submit a crime tip, citizens can begin by texting a message with “ATF” in the body of the message to the number “274637” (CRIMES), ATF said.

White House Nominates Andrew Traver to Head Up ATF

Andrew Traver/zerocancer.org photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, the White House gave the nod on Monday to Andrew Traver, a 23-year-veteran of ATF, as the nominee to head the agency.

Traver has headed the ATF Chicago field division since 2004. From 2001 to 2004, he served as an assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco office and  supervised criminal enforcement offices in the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

From 2000 to 2001, he served as the assistant special agent in charge of the New Orleans division and from 1998 to 2000 he was a criminal investigator in the Office of Inspection at ATF headquarters in Washington.

Before that, from 1993 to 1998, Traver worked as a group supervisor in the Philadelphia. He joined ATF in 1987 and first worked in the Chicago office.

Kenneth Melson, a former federal prosecutor, has been in charge of ATF on an interim basis.

ATF Still Not Sure Whether Agents Will Return to Virgin Islands

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Nearly two weeks after a U.S. Virgin Islands judge tossed out the controversial murder charges against ATF agent Will Clark, the agency said it has still not decided whether to send agents to work there again.

“It’s being evaluated and no decision has been made,” Donna Sellers, an ATF spokesperson told ticklethewire.com.

As a protest, ATF had withdrawn its agents from the Virgin Islands shortly after Clark had been charged with murder in 2008. He fatally shot his neighbor during a confrontation.

After the trial had already gotten underway, Judge Edgar Ross tossed the case on a technicality, ruling in favor of a defense motion that proper procedure was not followed in identifying the body of shooting victim Marcus Sukow to the medical examiner.

Prosecutors had accused ATF agent Clark of using excessive force during a confrontation with Sukow, who was involved in a in a domestic dispute that day. Clark claimed it was self defense and his agency, after conducting an internal review, found Clark responded properly.