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Tag: Texas

Man Gets 55 Months for Striking Tex Border Patrol Agent With Vehicle

Border Patrol
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An El Savador man illegally living in Houston was sentenced Tuesday to 55 months in prison for assaulting a Border Patrol agent with his vehicle  near Laredo, Tex. while trying to transport 10 illegal aliens, authorities said.

Authorities said that on Feb. 15, 2009, at approximately 10 p.m., Border Patrol agents spotted 10 suspected undocumented aliens running out of the brush and into the the Isuzu Rodeo of Rigoberto Torres-Gomez, 30.

A Border Patrol agent approached the vehicle and tried apprehending the illegal aliens and started struggling with one of them in front of the vehicle, authorities said.

The agent drew his service weapon, ordered Torres to turn off the vehicle and directed all the occupants to get out.

At that point, Torres accelerated and hit the agent with the vehicle, authorities charged.

The agents tried to get out of the wayand fired his service weapon, wounding Torres, authorities said. Both Torres and the agent were treated at the hospital.

Did Mexican Cartel Plan to Blow Up Dam Along Texas Border?

Falcon Dam/u.s. govt. photo

Falcon Dam/u.s. govt. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It could have been a major disaster.

The Houston Chronicle reports that authorities were scrambling last month to deal with a suspected plot by a Mexican drug cartel to blow up the 5-mile-long Falcon dam along the Texas border that would have endangered millions of peopole.

The paper reports that the plan may have been “derailed by a stepped-up presence by the Mexican military, which was acting in part on intelligence from the U.S. government, sources said.”

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A Texas Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to al Qaeda

texasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal grand jury in Houston on Thursday indicted a 29-year-old Texas man on charges of attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Barry Walter Bujol Jr. of Hempstead, Tex., was charged with attempting to provide al Qaeda with money,pre-paid telephone calling cards, mobile telephone SIM cards, global positioning system receivers, public access-restricted U.S. military publications, including one involving unmanned aerial vehicle operations and another involving the effects of U.S. military weapon systems in operations in Afghanistan, the Houston U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The material had been provided to him by a confidential FBI informant.

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Federal Inmates Get Death, Though Executions Are Rare

jailBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

One of the last three people executed in a federal case in this country was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, who died by lethal injection on June 11, 2001.

To say the least, putting convicted criminals to death in federal cases is not all that common, particularly when compared with state cases. Just this month, three inmates from Texas were executed, as well as two from Mississippi and one from Virginia. Fifty-two were executed last year in state court, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Now in federal court comes Mark Issac Snarr, 34, and Edgar Balthazar Garcia, 30, who were sentenced to death by a federal jury in Beaumont, Texas, today for brutally murdering a fellow inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Beaumont. They also stabbed and wounded two corrections officers.

The federal jury, which had convicted the two on May 7, deliberated on the death penalty for about three hours today before returning their verdict, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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FBI Official Says Kidnappings in Texas Border Town “Off the Charts”

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI official in Texas told state lawmakers Thursday that kidnappings in the border town of McAllen, Tex., have nearly quadrupled over the last fiscal year, and most were drug related, the Associated Press reported.

John Johnson, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI McAllen office, said 42 people were kidnapped between October 2008 to September 2009 compared to 11 the year before, the AP reported. On top of that, he said, many kidnappings have gone unreported.

“Fiscal ’09 was off the charts,” Johnson said in McAllen to lawmakers who were holding a hearing to determined the security needs at the border, the AP reported.

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Napolitano Says Unarmed Reconnaissance Drone Will Soon Fly Over Texas

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Lone Star state’s air space is about to get a little more activity.

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, testified at a Senate hearing Tuesday that an unarmed reconnaissance drone plane will fly over Texas to bolster security at a time when the drug violence along the border has reached new heights to help, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

She said Texas is the last Southwest border state to receive a drone because its “airspace is more crowded”, the Express-News reported. She said an exact date when it will begin flying has not be established.

“The FAA now has to go in and carve out, as I understand it, space for the Predator,” she said, according to the paper.

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Man Who Placed Explosives in Mailboxes in East Texas Was Angry at Govt.

mailbox2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The fear in east Texas vanished with the indictment on Wednesday of a man suspected of putting more than 30 explosive devices in mailboxes and other locations, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that suspect Larry Eugene North was angry at the government and appeared have acted alone.

ATF Agent Robert R. Champion told AP that investigators believe North is the culprit who planted 36 devices since Feb. 5. The explosives put residents of east Texas on edge.

The AP reported that North had been under surveillance for about week before being arrested while placing a bomb in a mailbox in Tyler, Tex.

Feds in Texas Indict 25 Suspected Members of Colombian Drug Cartel

colombia
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In recent years, the spotlight has turned to the violent Mexican drug cartels shipping drugs into the U.S.

But on Friday, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales in Dallas announced the indictment of 25 suspected members of a Colombian drug cartel that moved massive amounts of cocaine into the U.S. through Mexico and Central America.

Authorities said the probe, to date, had resulted in the seizure of 7.5 tons of cocaine and $4.25 million in assets.

All 25 defendants are Colombian, and 21 are currently being detained in that country.

“In this operation, the agents, both American and Colombian, are literally reaching across hemispheres to strike a blow against a criminal organization that is a vital lifeline to several Mexican drug cartels,” the U.S. Attorney said.