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Student Who Spent Four Days in DEA Holding Cell with No Food, Water to Receive $4.2M Settlement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When DEA agents raided a house in San Diego and found ecstasy pills in April 2012, they placed Daniel Chong in a DEA holding cell.

What happened next cost the Justice Department $4.2 million in a lawsuit settlement that is expected to be announced today, the Associated Press reports.

The 23-year-old, who was not accused of any wrongdoing, spent four days in a DEA holding cell without food or water. He drank his own urine and was covered in feces when agents found him.

Chong was an engineering student at the University of California when he was at a friend’s house who was raided, according to the AP.

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Michigan Militia Members Sue FBI, Michigan Over Seizure of Guns, Ammo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Members of a Michigan militia, who were acquitted last year of trying to overthrow the federal government and murder police officers, are suing the FBI and Michigan State Police, saying feds violated their constitutional rights by raiding their homes and seizing their guns, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The March 27 lawsuit was filed by the Hutaree, a militia that believed the Antichrist, possibly President Obama, is leading the country. The goal is to create a “Colonial Christian Republic.”

The raids in March 2010 led to numerous charges but each defendant was acquitted.

During the raid, agents seized more than 40 guns and 100,000 of ammunition.

Lawsuit: DEA Agents Bust into Wrong House, Injuring the Homeowners

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 During a raid, DEA agents in Texas knocked the homeowner unconscious, sent his wife into an epileptic fit and seized the children at gunpoint.

There’s one small problem: It was the wrong house.

That’s according to a recent lawsuit filed by Guillermo and Alejandra Ramirez, which are seeking $3 million in damages for false imprisonment, assault, negligent investigation and negligent surveillance, reports the Courthouse News.

They said the DEA acknowledged the mistake and apologized.

ICE Agent Retires After Raid Uncovers 155 Guns at His Home


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ICE agent whose house in Vermont was raided over firearms has retired as investigators continue to study the case, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Special Agent Richard Bernholz stepped down from his federal job Friday, about 13 months after ATF seized more than 155 firearms from his home in Franklin County, according to the Free Press.

Federal authorities have declined to comment on the investigation, which appears to have been sparked by a gun that Bernholz used in a shooting in Massachusetts, the Free Press reported.

Since October 2010, the longtime federal agent had been assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations Division of ICE.

Oops! FBI in Mass. Busts into Wrong Apartment During Raid and Points Guns

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ooops!

Make that two Ooops!

The Associated Press reported that the FBI last week used a chain saw to cut open an apartment door during a drug raid in Fitchburg, Mass., in Worcester County. Only thing is, it was the wrong apartment.

Agents also pointed guns at the people inside, AP reported.

The news service reported resident Judy Sanchez said she was terrified when she stepped into her kitchen and saw chainsaw blade cut through her door.

AP reported that she was held face down on the floor at gunpoint for at least 30 minutes while her 3-year-old daughter cried in another room.

AP reported that the FBI apologized and is paying for the damage.

 

DEA Scares Roswell, N.M. Couple With Mistaken Raid

Pa. Family Suing FBI for Raid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A suburban Pittsburgh family says sorry, sorry ain’t enough.

The family said it’s suing the FBI for more than $50,000 in damages after agents and police officers in March mistakenly entered their Bellevue, Pa., home, guns drawn, looking for a suspect who moved out two years before and was not related to them, station WTAE reported.

Denise Adams, a grandmother, said she fell to the floor when agents entered her home, the station reported.

“They had all these red dots everywhere … on the floor, on my face, on my chest. I was scared I was going to get shot,” she said, according to the station.

Granddaughter Byra Adams, who was home at the time, said she worried how her brother, who is mentally challenged, would react.

“He was in the basement and they were going down there to get him and I didn’t know if he was going to react,” she said.

The grandfather Gary Adams said no one apologized for the mistake or offered to pay for damages to the home, the station reported.

“Sorry is not going to get it. I’m just truly glad I didn’t have a weapon because they never identified themselves to me,” he said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI declined comment, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Raid Materials Show bin Laden Still Had a Hand in Strategy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Materials seized during the raid in Pakistan over the weekend may provide insights into  al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden — and then some.

USA Today reports that some materials seized during the Pakistan raid suggests bin Laden still had a hand in providing strategic guidance terrorists. The paper cited an unnamed government source.

“The official, who declined to be identified because the person is not authorized to speak publicly, said the material contained on about five computers, 100 remote electronic storage devices, such as flash drives, and 10 hard drives is one of the ‘most significant in the history of the war on terror’.”

The paper reported that an initial review of materials “has produced some potential threat information.”