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Tag: El Paso

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Charged Accused of Taking People Hostage, Shooting 1

Alberto Montelongo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent accused of taking two people hostage was arrested Tuesday after an intense standoff that lasted several hours, the El Paso Times reports. 

Alberto Montelongo, 40, was involved in a domestic dispute with another off-duty Border Patrol agent, authorities said.

Another man, who is not an agent, was shot and in critical condition.

Montelongo has been charged with attempted murder.

Authorities said Montelongo barricaded himself and two others inside a home at Mountain Vista after a domestic disturbance.

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Head of DEA’s Chicago Office Headed to Washington D.C. for No. 3 Job

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jack Riley, the head of the DEA’s Chicago division, is headed to a top post in Washington D.C., the Associated Press reports.

The 56-year-old, who has shed light on the influence of Mexican cartels on the Midwest, has been named the DEA’s chief of operations. The No. 3 post at the agency means Riley will oversee all DEA activity.

Riley was previously the head of the El Paso office.

He is to begin his new job next month.

A replacement has not yet been named.

FBI Assists in Investigation of El Paso County Sheriff Accused of Sexual Misconduct

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa was considered a polished politicians and potential challenger to Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Now the FBI is helping the Colorado Bureau of Investigations conduct a problem into Maketa, who is accused of having sex with three women and then promoting them to top-paying jobs, the Denver Post reports.

“The FBI is assisting with the investigation at the request of the CBI,” CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said.

Maketa declined to comment but his spokesman said the sheriff “supports these independent investigations. He really does.”

FBI Investigates Underage Prostitution Ring at El Paso Schools in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether middle school and high school students throughout El Paso are part of an underage prostitution ring, the El Paso Times reports.

The probe focuses on Ysleta Independent School District, which was notified of the probe beginning in December 2012.

“Due to student confidentiality laws, the Ysleta Independent School District is prohibited from disclosing specific details of the alleged underage prostitution ring currently under investigation by the FBI,” YISD officials said in a statement. “However, officials at Ysleta High School were notified in December 2012 that an investigation into underage prostitution was under way at local middle and high schools.”

The news comes just days after claims that a 16-year-old Ysleta High School student was used as a prostitute on the website Backpage.

“At that time, the FBI requested that Ysleta High School officials not discuss the matter with anyone, including district administration,” the YISD statement said. “After this meeting with the FBI, Ysleta High School officials were approached by the student for assistance with issues outside of the investigation that cannot be disclosed. No other details are available at this time, YISD will continue to cooperate fully with local law enforcement agencies in their investigation.”

New DEA Head of Houston Division Brings Plethora of Border Experience

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Arabit, the new head of the Houston Division of the DEA, arrives with a plethora of border experience that authorities hope will help crack down on drug cartel activity between the Texas-Mexico border, KHOU.com reports.

Arabit previously was in charge of the DEA office in El Paso at a time of intense activity from rival drug cartels crossing the border into the U.S.

“The murder rate in Juarez started to climb in 2008,” said Arabit recalling his first few months as special-agent-in-charge in El Paso.

Despite the violence across the border of El Paso, the U.S. city remained relatively safe because of Arabit’s actions to work with local, state and other federal agencies to clamp down.

“Once we had those individuals identified we did all that we could to link them to a U.S. crime they had committed in the past and then took it a step further,” Arabit said.

Border Patrol Flies Immigrants to El Paso Because of Influx Causing Long Delays And Bus Drives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So many immigrants crossed into South Texas illegally recently that Border Patrol flew many of them across the state for processing in El Paso Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

More than 100 detainees were flown from Brownsville in an effort to speed up processing following an average of 1,000 arrests a day in the Rio Grande Valley sector.

Immigrants were facing long wait times and often were forced to take hour-long bus rides to the Laredo and Del Rio for processing, the AP wrote.

“We’re utilizing all of the resources that we have available,” said Border Patrol spokesman Daniel Tirado. “We’re going to take advantage of that and farm out some of those detainees.”

Whether the flights become routine is unclear.

The goal of Border Patrol is to process immigrants and get the out of holding areas within 72 hours, Tirado said.

Douglas Lindquest to Head Up El Paso FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Douglas E. Lindquist, who recently served as section chief of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, has been named head of the agency’s El Paso Division.

Lindquist began his career with the FBI in 1997, and was first posted at the Washington Field Office, where he investigated international terrorism and counterintelligence.

In 1998, as a member of the Rapid Deployment Team, he deployed to Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya, as part of the KENBOM investigation, which followed the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, according to an FBI press release.

In 2002, he was promoted to a supervisor in the Middle East Unit of the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

Two years later, he joined the Springfield Division as a counterintelligence squad supervisor and program coordinator. He also supervised the Field Intelligence Group squad.

In 2009, he was off to Philly where he became assistant special agent in charge of the division’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction programs and directed the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Before joining the FBI, he was an officer in the Marine Corps.

 

 

Sequestration Forces Border Patrol to Conserve Gas, Reduce Vehicles on Patrol

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The sequestration is taking a toll on Border Patrol protection as agents begin rationing fuel and use fewer cars for patrol, KHOU.com reports.

“We’ll have the same number of agents — just fewer vehicles,” said Rob Russell of the National Border Patrol Council.

Russell, who works with the local El Paso area union, said two agents, instead of one, often are occupying a vehicle to conserve gas.

“This is one of the first times we’ve seen it this severe where they’re going to start doubling up agents. We’ve never had to do this,” said Russell, who has been with the Border Patrol for 15 years.

Agents also are being asked to shut off their vehicles while doing surveillance.