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Tag: Drugs

Weekend Series on Crime: Inside El Chapo’s Escape Tunnel

Justice Department Defends Legally Questionable Eavesdropping Program

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is defending the DEA’s legally questionable, disbanded eavesdropping program that often was used by drug officials in the Los Angeles suburbs.

The USA Today reports that the Justice Department implored a judge not to toss out the wiretaps that were used in a marijuana trafficking case, despite earlier objections from government lawyers who believed the practice may have been illegal.

The Justice Department aid the wiretaps were “authorized in accordance with state and federal law.”

The surveillance was used so often that it once counted for nearly a fifth of all U.S. wiretaps.

The surveillance allowed federal authorities to intercept millions of calls and text messages with a single state court’s approval.

Defense lawyers in the marijuana case said the prosecutors approved “illegal wiretaps with astounding frequency” and urged a judge to dismiss the surveillance.

Border Patrol Agents Uncover Massive Drug-Running Tunnel Between Mexico and California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents discovered a large tunnel that stretches about three football fields from a restaurant in Mexico to a house in California.

The Daily Mail reports that the tunnel is the 75th that has been uncovered between Mexico and the U.S. in the past decade.

Agents found more than a ton of marijuana in the house in Calexico, Calif.

The tunnel started at a popular restaurant in Mexicali.

The California house was purchased in 2015, when authorities believe the tunnel was started.

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Border Patrol Agents Track Down Horses Used to Smuggle Drugs into U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug smugglers are known to use boats, tunnels and other means to bring drugs across the U.S. border.

On Sunday night, Border Patrol agents captured two horses that were helping smuggle packs of marijuana across the border near Sasabe.

Agents spotted two people on horseback illegally crossing the border, triggering a field and air operation.

When the smugglers saw a helicopter approaching, they abandoned their hoses and ran back across the Mexican border.

The horses were lugging about 100 pounds of marijuana.

Weekend Series on Crime: Inside Mexico’s Drug Labs

New Boston FBI Chief Pledges Cooperative Approach to Tackling Terrorism, Drugs, Guns

Harold Shaw

Harold Shaw

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Harold Shaw, the new head of the FBI in Boston, pledged to partner with local authorities and other federal agencies to tackle gun crimes, drug dealing and terrorism.

“There’s virtually nothing we can do in the FBI that’s not done in a task-force concept,” Harold H. Shaw said in an interview with the Boston Globe. “The critical element is partnerships.”

Shaw took over the Boston office in October and said his experience in counter-terrorism will help crack down on extremists.

“The tricks of the trade I learned were from the task-force partners who were doing it a lot longer than I was,” he said.

Shaw replaced Vincent Lisi, who retired to join the private sector in August.

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FBI Investigates Former NFL Stars for Links to International Drug, Gambling Ring

NFL LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As more than one billion fans tuned into Sunday’s Super Bowl, the FBI is investigating former NFL stars off the field in search of links to an international drug and gambling ring, the New York Post reports. 

Prosecutors charged accused ringleader Owen Hanson, a former tight end at USC, and 21 others with operating a multimillion-dollar operation.

Among those charged was Derek Loville, a former NFL running back.

The Post wrote that Hanson associated with dozens of pro athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLN.

The investigating appears to be growing in scope, the Post reported.

Border Patrol Agents Find 2,500 Pounds of Marijuana Stuffed inside Carrots

Fake carrots stuffed with marijuana, via CBP.

Fake carrots stuffed with marijuana, via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents found 2,500 pounds of marijuana stuffed inside fake carrots that were being hauled across the Mexico border in Texas, Cleveland.com reports. 

A drug-sniffing dog detected marijuana in a tractor-trailer that was crossing the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

Border Patrol agents found the fake carrots that were mixed with real carrots.

The estimated value of the pot was $499,000, Customs and Border Protections said.

“Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the U.S./Mexico border,” Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said in the news release. “Our officers are always ready to meet those challenges and remain vigilant towards any type of illicit activities.”