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Border Patrol Agent Charged with Drug Trafficking After Agents Find Duffel Bags Full of Drugs

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent has been charged with drug trafficking after prosecutors say he loaded two duffel bags full of drugs into a vehicle at an airport in Phoenix.

Carlos Victor Passapera Pinott, 53, assigned to the Tucson Sector Ajo Border Patrol Station, was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, ICE says in a news release.

Prosecutors say the duffel bags contained 21 kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of heroin and one kilogram of fentanyl plus some 350,000 pills believed to fentanyl.

Agents executed a search warrant at his Buckeye, Ariz., home and found about $329,000 in cash and another $40,000 in his vehicle, prosecutors say.

If convicted, Passapera faces up to life in jail and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.

FBI Arrests U.S. Woman Accused of Attempting to Provide Material Support to al-Qaeda

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A U.S. woman has been arrested on allegations of attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda, the Justice Department announced.

The FBI on Wednesday arrested Jill Marie Jones at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, where federal authorities say she planned to board a flight to Turkey to join the terrorist group in Afghanistan.

Two undercover FBI agents, including one who posed as a member of al-Qaeda, were communicating with Jones, who said she planned to send money to help al Qaeda buy scopes for rifles that would be used to kill American soldiers. She sent the undercover FBI agent a $500 gift card in May 2020, the DOJ says.

During the communications, Jones said she planned to travel overseas to assist al Qaeda, according to the DOJ.

Man Arrested After Shooting at FBI’s Phoenix Field Office

FBI’s Phoenix Field Office, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A man has been arrested after authorities say he shot at the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office on Monday.

According to the FBI, the man approached the building and then fired his weapon at an employee who was exiting at around 2 p.m,, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The FBI and Phoenix Police Department tracked down the man, who has not been identified, on Interstate 17 and arrested him without incident.

The motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately clear.

No one was injured.

Sean Kaul Named Special Agent in Charge of Phoenix Field Office

Special Agent Sean Kaul

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Sean L. Kaul, who led the Honolulu Field Office since 2017, has been named special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office.

Kaul began his career as an FBI agent in 2000, where his first assignment was the Bakersfield Resident Agency of the Sacramento Field Office in California.

Kaul worked in numerous offices, from Atlanta to Washington D.C. He served as a special agent bomb technician in Atlanta and Bakersfield, Calif.

In 2011, Kaul served as a supervisory special agent for the Washington Field Office, where he led the Northern Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force and received an Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

In 2013, Kaul became an assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office, where he led the criminal branch and four Indian County resident agencies.

In 2016, he was promoted to section chief in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters before taking charge of the Honolulu Field Office.

Before joining the FBI, Kaul was a captain in the U.S. Army. He has a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.

Head of DEA’s Phoenix Division Faces Discipline over Relationship with Subordinate

Phoenix DEA Special Agent in Charge Douglas Coleman, via DEA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Douglas Coleman, the head of the Phoenix Division of the DEA, could soon be disciplined after an internal investigation concluded he had an “unprofessional personal relationship” with a subordinate.

The Justice Department Office of the Inspector General recently issued a scathing report about the relationship between Coleman and his administrative assistant and division spokeswoman Erica Curry, the Arizona Family reports

The investigation found that the self-described “best friends” engaged in an inappropriate romantic relationship that created the appearance of favoritism. Coleman, for example was Curry’s boss when she received bonuses, promotions, special accommodations and questionably high travel expenses.

The investigation concluded Coleman’s conduct amounted to misuse of office and the failure to maintain high standards of personal conduct.

With the report in hand, the DEA must now decide whether Coleman should be disciplined.

“The matter remains ongoing within the DEA disciplinary system and we cannot comment at this time,” a DEA spokeswoman said.

New ATF SAC in Phoenix Wants to Focus on Infiltrating Criminal Groups

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Durastanti, the new head of ATF in Phoenix, is taking aim at groups involved in violence, people he refers to as “trigger pullers.”

“Those gangs, those groups that are contributing to the most violence in any community, that’s one of our priorities. Our primary goals? Go in, infiltrate those gangs and take them off the streets,” he tells 3TV/CBS5.

He came from ATF headquarters in D.C.

3TV | CBS 5

Michael DeLeon to Head Up FBI’s Phoenix Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael DeLeon, who served in the National Clandestine Service, Counterintelligence Center as the chief of the Counterespionage Group at the Central Intelligence Agency,  has been named special agent in charge of the  FBI’s Phoenix Division.

He’ll begin the new job in late April, the FBI said.

DeLeon joined the FBI in 1999 and started in the Tampa Division’s Fort Myers Resident Agency, where he worked criminal, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence matters, according to a press release.

After September 11, 2001, he served as the Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator for the Fort Myers Resident Agency.

His duties in the bureau have included unit chief in the Espionage Section of the Counterintelligence Division, senior supervisory resident special agent of the Greensboro Resident Agency-Charlotte Division and assistant special agent in charge in the Counterintelligence Branch of Washington Field Office.

Before joining the FBI, he worked for Delaware State Police.

 

FBI Issues Alert about Gun-Toting Phoenix Man En Route to Confront Muslim Group

Jon Ritzheimer, via Facebook.

Jon Ritzheimer, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken the unusual step of warning New York law enforcement about an anti-Muslim protester who has driven from Arizona to the east coast to confront a group of Muslims, the New York Daily News reports.

Jon Ritzheimer, 32, of Phoenix, posted a video on Nov. 18 with a gun, saying he was going to confront the Muslims.

The FBI was in contact with the former Marine until he became angry and shut off communication while in Scranton, Pa.

Investigators believe he is en route to Hancock, N.Y., where the Muslims of America is located.