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Undercover FBI Agent Texted Shooter Before Attack: ‘Tear up Texas’

Elton Simpson opened fire in Garland, Texas.

Elton Simpson opened fire in Garland, Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the two gunmen who opened fire at a “Draw Prophet Muhammad Contest” received a text message a little more than a week earlier from an undercover FBI agent who said, “Tear up Texas.”

Cleveland.com reports the message was sent to Elton Simpson, who responded, “that goes without saying.”

According to an affidavit, the agent sent the text “in an effort to continue their dialogue.”

The information came from an affidavit filed for the arrest of Erick Jamal Hendricks, a North Carolina man accused of trying to recruit people to join ISIS.

FBI Agent Was on Scene of ‘Draw Muhammad’ Attack in Garland, Texas

Garland_TXBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An undercover FBI agent was on the scene when two ISIS supporters opened fire at a “Draw Muhammad” contest in a Dallas suburb, according to newly filed court documents.

The shooting on May 3, 2015, involved two men who used assault rifles to attack people at a convention center in Garland, Texas, where a “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” was taking place, The Hill reports. 

Hour before the attack, the FBI warned local police of one of the shooters, Elton Simpson, whom the bureau had spent years tracking.

It’s unclear why the FBI didn’t intervene before the attack.

Border Patrol Agents Find $600,000 Worth of Liquid Meth in Texas

These containers were filled with liquid meth.

These containers were filled with liquid meth.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents seized more than $600,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine in Eagle Pass, Texas, while conducting checkpoint operations.

San Angelo Live reports that canines alerted agents to possible narcotics in the vehicle.

“The profit from these narcotics are more important to the criminal organizations than the negative impact they have on communities,” said Acting Del Rio Sector Chief Matthew Hudak. “I commend our agents for their hard work and dedication in removing these drugs from our streets.”

The liquid meth was found in shampoo bottles.

The driver was arrested and turned over to the DEA.

Former Head of Dallas FBI Wants to Use Airport Security Breach As Training Video

Footage of the security breach.

Footage of the security breach.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was too easy.

Damarias Cockerham of Garland, Tex., was able to slip past security and walk through an unused metal detector at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport a year ago.

It was all caught on video, and the former head of the Dallas FBI, Danny Defenbaugh, wants to use it as a training video, CBS Local reports. 

Defenbaugh was able to board a flight without a ticket to confront his girlfriend before being removed.

Cockerham said the chilling video could provide a powerful lesson to security agents around the globe.

“It not only would be a training video, but I would think that every security personnel within the entire air world, both for airport and the airplane security, would want to use this.” he said.

Other Stories of Interest

Border Patrol Agent Punched by Suspect, But Still Apprehends Him

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Honduran man punched a Border Patrol agent in the face, but that wasn’t enough to stop the agent from capturing him.

The FBI said Ssahil Jose Lainez-Fugon was hiding under a bush near the Rio Grande in the La Paloma Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

The agent saw the suspect’s legs poking out of the bush.

Lainez started running, but the agent was able to grab his short. That’s when authorities said Lainez punched the agent in the jaw, cutting the inside of his mouth.

Nevertheless, the agent was still able to capture and apprehend the man.

Lainey has been charged with assaulting a federal officer and is in the custody of U.S. Marshals.

Other Stories of Interest

Federal Authorities Investigating Shooting Death of Journalist in Texas

Journalist Jay Torres was killed in Texas.

Journalist Jay Torres was killed in Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI, Secret Service and U.S. Marshals Service have joined an investigation into the murder of a freelance journalist in Garland, Texas.

Jacinto Hernandez Torres was discovered with a gunshot wound on June 13 in the backyard of a vacant house he was considering buying, the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Authorities are unsure why Torres was killed, but his family members said he was working on stories that could endanger him. One of the stories was human trafficking.

“We are aware that he was a journalist, as well as worked in real estate. We are working at all aspects and leads that we have in order to find out who killed Mr. Torres,” Lt. Pedro Barineau told CBS.

Man Charged After Pointing Blinding Laser at Border Patrol Helicopter

laserBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A helicopter pilot for the Border Patrol was forced to take evasive action when a blinding laser was pointed at him in South Texas

Another member of the aircraft crew spotted the source of the light.

Authorities arrested Juan Peralez, 57, late Thursday, KURV.com reports. 

Peralez faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

Laser pointers have become big problems for aircraft pilots.

Border Patrol Dog Dies of Heat Exhaustion While Trying to Rescue Missing People

Lazer

Lazer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At just 4 years old, Lazer helped apprehend 93 suspects and locate missing people.

The 4-year-old Border Patrol K-9 made his last attempt to locate a group of injured and abandoned people when he died Monday from heat exhaustion near Falfurrias, Texas, the Monitor reports.

Lazer’s handler tried to cool down the dog before taking him to the vet, but it was too late.

Lazer worked with his Border Patrol handler for a year and 10 months.

“Our sector suffered a great loss, as these loyal companions have given their lives to ensure their handlers, fellow agents and our community members stay safe,” Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. said.