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CBP Arrests Armed Woman Accused of Sending Ricin to President Trump

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

CBP officers on Sunday arrested a woman accused of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin to the White House.

The woman was arrested with a gun in her possession soon after crossing the Canadian Border in Buffalo, The Associated Press reports.

The suspect’s identity had not been disclosed as of Monday morning. She is expected to be charged Monday.

The letter, which was addressed to President Trump, was intercepted at a mail-screening facility and traced back to Canada, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which helped the FBI investigate.

Ricin, which is derived from castor beans and has no antidote, can be deadly if inhaled or ingested.

CBP Makes Shocking Discovery in Suspicious Shipment from Thailand

Endangered primate found in a shipment of red peppers.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

CBP agents opening a suspicious shipment of chili peppers from Thailand made a shocking discovery: An endangered primate, numerous turtle bones, and dried frogs and insects.

The prohibited wildlife products were headed to Buffalo.

“Our agriculture specialists work to protect our U.S. crops and food supply each and every day,” Cincinnati Supervisory Agriculture Specialist Barbara Hassan said in a news release. “Often, we encounter shipments like these, which are of interest not only to CBP but to other federal agencies as well. Our specialists are trained to identify products of concern for more than 40 regulatory agencies, and they excel at pinpointing shipments that are worthy of a closer look.”

Authorities referred the shipment to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, where scientists identified the primate as an endangered lorisidae, a slim arboreal animal that lives in Southeast Asia and tropical, central Africa.

“U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors, along with Customs and Border Protection, continue to produce excellent results by impacting the illegal wildlife trade,” Supervisory Wildlife Inspector Denise Larison said. “Wildlife trafficking remains a significant threat to thousands of plant and animal species around globe. Thanks to this great partnership, we were once again able to prevent the unlawful importation of protected species and disrupt the illegal market for these precious animals.”

Stephen Belongia Named Special Agent in Charge of Buffalo Field Office

Special Agent Stephen Belongia.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Stephen Belongia has been named special agent in charge of the Buffalo Field Office in New York.

Belongia, who most recently served as the section chief of Cyber Readiness at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., first joined the bureau as a special agent in 1997 in the Phoenix Field Office, where he investigated criminal and counterterrorism issues.

While in Phoenix, Belongia became supervisor of a white-collar crime squad in 2010, focusing on investment and complex security frauds. He later led a counterterrorism squad.

In 2011, he was deployed to Iraq on a temporary assignment, investigating international contract corruption. In 2013, Belongia became an assistant legal attaché in Nairobi, Kenya, where he investigated, among other things, piracy and the terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall.

Belongia returned to Nairobi and began serving in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters, focusing on policy and administrative roles.

In 2017, Belongia was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Tampa Field Office in Florida, where he led the cyber, counterintelligence, human intelligence, technical, surveillance, intelligence, and administrative programs.

In 2019, Belongia was elevated to section chief of Cyber Readiness at FBI headquarters, working on a variety of tasks, including cyber education and training, human capital, strategic management, security, logistics, financial management, and workforce development. In addition, conceived and led several initiatives that included the FBI Cyber Academy, Cyber Pipeline, and the Cyber 2025 Strategic Review.

Before joining the bureau, Belongia earned a bachelor’s degree in business from California State University in Sacramento and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Oxford. Before becoming a special agent, Belongia worked as a CPA for KPMG.

Former FBI Agent Trains Businesses, Community Groups to Respond to Mass Shootings

Former FBI agent Jonathan Lacey, via Security and Training Solutions.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Jonathan Lacey knows a thing or two about mass shootings.

The retired FBI agent spent the latter part of his career studying active shooters. At the FBI’s Buffalo office, he served as a crisis manager and active shooter coordinator, training law enforcement and community groups to respond to mass shootings.

Now he operates Security and Training Solutions, a Buffalo-based firm that teaches businesses, community groups and even families how to prepare for an active shooting.

“The training needs to be delivered in a way that is realistic and empowers individuals, but does not traumatize them,” he told The Buffalo News.

The goal is to help people create a comprehensive prevention policy at a time when mass shootings have become all too common in the U.S.

Buffalo Woman Accused of Supporting ISIS, Threatening FBI Agents on Twitter

Safya Roe Yassin

Safya Roe Yassin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Buffalo woman is accused of using Twitter to make pro-ISIS statements and threaten two FBI agents.

A criminal complaint says Safya Roe Yassin, 38, tweeted the names, phone numbers and cities of two FBI agents under the words, “Wanted to Kill,” the Springfield News-Leader reports. 

Yassin also is accused of using dozens of Twitter accounts to post statements supporting ISIS.

“The West thinks that caging Muslims will stop ‘terrorism’ …but they will be finding out soon, it only increases the attacks against them,” one of the tweets read.

Yassin has been charged with communicating threats of violence over the Internet.

Adam S. Cohen Named New Chief of FBI’s Buffalo Office

Adam Cohen/FBI

Adam Cohen/FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Adam S. Cohen, an 18-year veteran of the FBI with expertise in terrorism, is taking over the bureau’s Buffalo office.

Cohen will replace Special Agent in Charge Brian P. Boetig, who will be working outside of the country, the Buffalo News reports. 

Cohen takes the helm in October, FBI Director James Comey announced Thursday.

Cohen began his career with the bureau in the New York City office, dealing with international terrorism cases. Most recently, he served as section chief of the bureau’s Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section.

Cohen graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor of arts degree in American studies and Dowling College, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration.

3 Arrested in Buffalo for Allegedly Impersonating FBI Agents to Kidnap Women

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Perpetrators wearing “FBI” vests and badges around their neck tried to kidnap women in two separate incidents in Buffalo, the Buffalo News reports.

The fake agents handcuffed the victims.

Police stopped an SUV in which the perpetrators and a victim were riding.

The Buffalo News wrote that the victim believed she was being legitimately arrested after they rushed up to her, screaming “FBI, you’re wanted for questioning in a homicide” and placed handcuffs on her.

Another victim escaped when the would-be kidnappers tried to force her into an SUV.

There people were charged with attempted kidnapping: Hakim Owens, 22; Paul Manning, 19; and Christopher Southerns, 22.

FBI spokesman Maureen Dempsey said the suspects were unusually young for FBI agents, noting that the minimum age is 22 with a four-year college degree and three years of work experience.

 

Buffalo Parking Meter Mechanic Who Stole 800,000 quarters over 8 Years Will Spend 2 1/2 Years in Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Bagarozzo spent eight years stealing quarters from parking meters in Buffalo.

By the time he was arrested in December 2011, authorities said he had stolen 800,000 quarters – or $200,000.

The parking meter mechanic was sentenced to 2 1/2 ears in prison Friday.

“When he went to work, half of his day was spent stealing from the city,” said Special Agent Rob Gross, who investigated the case out of our Buffalo Division.

So how did the 57-year-old exchange the quarters at a bank without raising red flags?

The FBI said he rolled the changed in coin wrappers and said his friend worked with a vending machine business.

“He developed such a good relationship with the bank tellers,” Gross said.

Here’s the press release