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Ex-FBI Agent Gets 2-Year Prison Term for Illegally Selling Guns

50 caliber barrett rifle

50 caliber barrett rifle

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An El Paso FBI agent is headed off to prison.

John Shipley, now formerly of the FBI, was sentenced Tuesday in El Paso to two years in prison for illegally selling more than $118,000 worth of guns without a license and lying to ATF agents about the sales.

U.S. District Judge David Briones also ordered Shipley to be under supervised release for three years after serving in prison and that he forfeit 17 firearms including two 50 caliber Barrett rifles, ammunition, a silencer and $7,340 seized during the execution of a search warrant, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A federal jury convicted him in April after less than three hour of deliberation. He was busted while working for the FBI and then put on unpaid leave.

ATF agents arrested Shipley last year after tracing back to him a .50 caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico, authorities said.

“This investigation shows ATF’s commitment into stopping the illegal trafficking of firearms that are fueling the cartel violence south of the border,” Robert Champion, ATF special in charge of the Dallas Division, said in a statement.

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Washington Post Editorial: Mexico Drug War Going Badly and U.S. Looking Other Way

mexico-border-signThe Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — Give Mexican President Felipe Calderon credit for honesty as well as courage. Last week he presided over a three-day public conference to assess the results of nearly four years of war against Mexico’s drug cartels. Most of the facts were grim:

— According to the chief of the national intelligence service, 28,000 people have died violently since Mr. Calder?n deployed the Mexican army against the drug gangs in December 2006. That number represents an increase of 3,000 over the death toll the government reported earlier this summer.

— There have been 963 incidents involving federal forces and the gangs since the offensive began — or just about one per day.

— Mexican authorities have seized more than 84,000 weapons, including thousands of high-powered assault rifles, grenades and other military-caliber equipment. More than 80 percent of the guns whose provenance could be traced came from the United States.

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ATF Busts Texas Cop for Selling Guns From Evidence Room

texasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 55-year-old Texas cop had a nice little thing going — that is until he got busted by ATF and the Texas Rangers.

Authorities charged that Harry Leroy Kelly, as a cop with the Cleveland Police Department in Liberty County, Tex., sold guns and ammunition from the evidence room. He is currently a captain with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities alleged that Kelly had control over the evidence room and was responsible for destroying items.  As part of his scheme, Kelly drafted papers showing he destroyed firearms, when in fact he had not.

He faces 103 counts of possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm without a serial number, one count of possession of stolen ammunition and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Texas said.

“Sometime in 2007, Harry Kelly began taking firearms from the evidence room and traded or bartered them to his friend, who in turn gave Harry Kelly credits for the merchandise that Kelly brought, which Kelly used to buy his own firearms for his own firearm business,” U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said, according to TV station KPRC.

Chicago FBI’s Robert Grant Offended by Mayor Daley’s Comments

FBI's Robert Grant/fbi photo

FBI's Robert Grant/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The head of the FBI in Chicago and city’s Mayor Richard Daley got into a little tiff this past week.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Robert Grant, head of the Chicago FBI, shot back at the mayor who suggested the agency wasn’t doing enough to combat gun violence in the Windy City.

“My task force, which are FBI and Chicago Police officers side by side, are very demoralized to read those comments after all the hard work they put in,” Grant told WFLD-Channel 32 news, according to the Sun-Times.

Mayor Daley

Mayor Daley

His remarks were in response to Daley’s comments on Thursday after a joint FBI-Chicago Police bust resulted in 25 arrests, the paper reported.

“Well, finally. Thank God, they did it. Where have they been?” Daley said at the time, according to the paper. “The Chicago Police round ’em up every day, every week and every month. You give ’em no publicity for that. And they solve crimes in the community. We don’t wait for the feds.”

Grant shot back that the FBI has been busting folks for guns “for a long time. If he ever wanted to know the stats and see how much we have done … and see what actually goes on in the city in terms of sharing data and prioritizing, he might learn something.”

Then came the back peddling.

Daley’s press office apologized, the Sun-Times reported, saying the mayor “responded emotionally because three Chicago Police officers have been killed in two months. Mayor Daley did not mean to demoralize FBI agents and he looks forward to working with them again to clean up the city’s streets.”

Plenty Bring Guns to Airports

Airport crowdBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

As Internet headlines swirl about an Egyptian-American botany professor who was detained in Cairo today for carrying guns and ammunition in his luggage, keep one thing in mind: Americans bring guns to the airport all the time.

Sometimes it’s wrong, and sometimes it’s not.

The Transportation Security Administration says people such as hunters and members of the military regularly pack their guns in check-in luggage; the catch is that they must notify the airlines that they’re carrying guns in the luggage. Furthermore, the weapons must be unloaded and packed in a locked container.

In Wednesday’s case, the TSA said that Mohamed Ibrahim had failed to report to the airline that he was carrying two 9 mm handguns and 250 bullets before checking in his luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport for his Egypt Air flight to Cairo.

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ATF Probing Theft of Guns From Suburban Chicago Police Dept. Shooting Range

atf_sealBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF is investigating the theft of nearly two dozen weapons from the shooting range of a suburban Chicago police department, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

The weapons stolen from the Harvey Police Department included handguns and MP5 and AR-15 assault weapons, the Trib reported. They were reported stolen from a trailer at the facility on Monday.

Special Agent Tom Ahern, an ATF spokesman, told the Tribune his agency was working with the Illinois State Police.

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Pakistani Taliban Directed NY Car Bomber to Use Cash to Hide Trail

cash2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The failed N.Y. car bomber Faisal Shahzad was told by the Pakistani Taliban to pay cash for everything to avoid leaving a trail, the Los Angles Times is reporting.

“He paid cash for his gun and he paid cash for the van he acquired,” a source told the Times. “He was told to be very careful about not letting anything track back to him. No receipts, and no paper. No nothing.”

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit and said the Pakistani Taliban was intimately involved in the plot.

“We’ve now developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” Holder said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We know that they helped facilitate it. We know that they probably helped finance it. And that he was working at their direction.”

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Texas Fed Prosecutors Want Convicted El Paso FBI Agent to Forfeit Weapons, Silencer and Cash

remington

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors in El Paso want FBI agent John Thomas Shipley, who was convicted this month of dealing weapons without a license and lying to ATF agents about the sales, to forfeit 17 weapons, a silencer, ammunition and $7,340 in cash found in his home.

Authorities filed a motion last week in U.S. District Court in El Paso asking for the forfeiture and listing the weapons, which includes Remington rifles and Glocks. The silencer was described  as “IAWC Systems Technology Silencer, Model Thundertrap .30.”

A federal jury in El Paso deliberated for less than three hours earlier this month before convicting Shipley.

ATF agents arrested Shipley, 40, last year after tracing back to him a .50 caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Authorities charged that he sold 51 weapons between 2005 and 2008 for more than $118,000. Sentencing is set for July 8.