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The baddest man in the world

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Looks like we have a real special kind of stupid over on the next island.
From Jessie Stensland writing in the Whidbey News-Times:

Man arrested after low-speed, nighttime bicycle pursuit
A man who led a deputy sheriff on a very slow-speed pursuit on his bicycle at night is facing criminal charges, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Spencer T. Tlougan, a 22-year-old Minnesota resident, in Island County Superior Court Feb. 5 with two counts of assault in the third degree.

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office was driving on State Highway 20 near Libbey Road just before 9 p.m. on Feb. 1 when he saw a bicyclist dressed in black riding on the narrow shoulder of the road. The deputy saw another vehicle narrowly avoid striking the bicyclist.

The deputy activated the emergency lights on his patrol car and told the rider over his PA to stop, but the bicyclist pedaled faster. The deputy followed the bicyclist as he continued traveling north, occasionally looking back at the deputy, according to the deputy’s report on the case.

The bicyclist, later identified as Tlougan, finally stopped in the San de Fuca area, dismounted and threw the bike at the patrol car, the deputy wrote.

Tlougan took “a fighting stance” as the deputy exited his car.

“He told me his name was Paul Walker and he was the baddest man in the world and he was going to beat me up,” the deputy wrote.

The deputy saw that Tlougan was holding metal knuckles, which he appeared to be about to throw at him. The deputy deployed a Taser, which struck Tlougan and caused him to fall to the ground.

Tlougan continued to be aggressive as other deputies and paramedics arrived. He kicked a deputy during a struggle and was placed in a leg hobble but was able to get out of it on the way to jail. He violently kicked the partition in the patrol car and threatened to burn down the deputy’s house and kill him, the report states.

Tlougan appeared in court Feb. 2 and his bail was set at $20,000.

Maybe something in the water over there?

Got one - good border security

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From the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

CBP Officers at Ysleta Port Stop Huge Liquid Meth Load
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Ysleta port of entry seized 1,543 pounds of liquid methamphetamine Wednesday.

“This is a huge seizure and more than triples the 425 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers working El Paso area ports for all of fiscal year 2019,”said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations.

The seizure was made shortly after 7 p.m. when a tractor-trailer entered the Ysleta port of entry commercial cargo facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the shipment for an inspection.

CBP officers off loaded the shipment of multi-use cleaner and determined that 32 bottles in the shipment contained liquid methamphetamine. The contraband was seized and the investigation continues.

Cheap and easy to make once you have the precursors and it ruins lives. Nice stuff. The Chinese are selling this to the cartels who are bringing them through our borders. How much are the cartels paying the Dems to look the other way when proper security is being talked about?

Jussie Smollett in the news one more time

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And this time, he is going down for his douche-baggery. From the Chicago FOX News affiliate:

Jussie Smollett accused of lying to CPD, indicted on 6 counts of disorderly conduct
In a story FOX 32 News broke first, former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday in Chicago by special prosecutor Dan Webb, stemming from the alleged racist and anti-gay attack on him that occurred in January of 2019.

Smollett is due in court February 24 at the Criminal Court Building at 26th and California. Webb said in a statement that Smollett faces six felony counts of disorderly conduct, charges that stem from four separate false reports that he gave to police in which he contended he was a victim of a hate crime “knowing that he was not the victim of a crime.”

The statement immediately raised questions about county prosecutors' decision to drop the charges last year and made it clear that those prosecutors had not adequately explained to special prosecutors why they did so. But Webb stressed that he had reached no conclusions about whether anyone involved in the case had engaged in any wrongdoing.

Good - bring him to justice and also bring to justice those who shielded him from the consequences of his fake hate crime. You should not be able to get away with shit because you are a minority. Equal justice under Law works both ways.

News from Florida

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These people are just not that smart. From the Palm Beach Daily News:

Palm Beach: Iranian national detained by police had knives, ax, machete, $22K
A man arrested by Palm Beach Police this morning had $22,000, a machete and a pick ax, in addition to knives in his possession, according to an officer with the department.

The man, identified by his passport as Masoud Yareioeill Zoleh, an Iranian national, also had a car parked at Palm Beach International Airport, Public Information Officer Michael Ogrodnick said.

The department is working with other federal partners in the investigation, Ogrodnick said.

Zoleh was arrested just over the Flagler Memorial Bridge at Bradley Park. Initial reports said he had several knives on him. Ogrodnick said the department received a call at about 9:30 a.m. regarding Zoleh. He would not give details on what the caller said.

Like he was going to get within a hundred yards of our President.

Thank you President Trump

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As a business owner I get far to many of these pestiferous things - from New Jersey / Associated Press:

Trump signs bill to protect you from those annoying robocalls
Consumers just got new tools to combat robocallers as President Donald Trump signed legislation designed to address the problem.

The White House announced late Monday that Trump had signed the bill, a rare example of bipartisan cooperation in Congress. The measure had passed the House, 417-3, and cleared the Senate unanimously.

Nice that the vote was so overwhelming. It will be interesting to see who the three gomers in the House were.

Good news from Uraguay

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From FOX News:

Uruguay seizes 6 tons of cocaine worth $1B in country’s largest bust
Naval and customs officers in Uruguay seized a staggering six tons of cocaine this week, with authorities calling it the country's biggest bust ever.

The National Armada said in a press release that on Dec. 26 officers at the Montevideo port were checking four shipping containers with soy flour destined for Lome, the capital of Togo in West Africa.

Authorities said a scanner flagged “abnormalities” in the shipment, which turned out to be a total of 4,003 bricks of cocaine – about 4.4 tons of the drug. One container contained 3,089 bricks of cocaine, each weighing about 2.4 pounds.

West Africa? Part of the trade route:

Nearly a third of the cocaine consumed in Europe is smuggled there via Africa, local media reported.

Wonder if it was addressed to Hunter - is he still involved with the Ukraine kleptocrats?

And throw away the key - Mexico

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Good news - the untouchables have been touched. From The Guardian:

Mexican police chief arrested in connection to Mormon family killings
Mexican authorities have arrested a municipal police chief for his suspected links to the killing of three women and six children of US-Mexican origin in northern Mexico last month, local media and an official said on Friday.

Suspected drug cartel hitmen shot dead the nine women and children from families of Mormon origin in Sonora state on 4 November, sparking outrage in Mexico and the United States.

Several Mexican media outlets reported that law enforcement agents arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, the police chief of the municipality of Janos, which lies in the neighboring state of Chihuahua, on suspicion of involvement in the crime. The reports said he is suspected of having ties to organized crime, but details of his alleged role were not clear.

Mexico needs to do a lot more of this - root out the corrupt police and make their punishment very visible and painful. Not just a slap on the wrist and re-hired after a six month cooling off time.

Good news from New York State

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Got a bunch of them - from FOX News:

MS-13 crackdown -- the largest ever in New York -- ensnares nearly 100 members, associates
New York prosecutors have announced the arrests Friday of nearly 100 members and associates of MS-13 in what officials say is the largest crackdown against the gang in the state’s history.

The developments come following a two-year investigation involving law enforcement from the local to the federal level in Suffolk County, one of the gangs’ longtime hotbeds.

“The goal of this investigation was to deliver a major blow to the gang’s leadership, operations and recruitment in our region… we did exactly that," Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini told reporters Friday.

What they got:

Sini said throughout the investigation, authorities recovered drugs in gang members' possession such as cocaine and fentanyl, as well as handguns and more than $200,000 in cash. Investigators' efforts resulted in the arrests of the leaders of nine cliques of the gang operating in Suffolk County -- and foiled seven alleged murder plots, he added.

And right there is your opioid problem. Cheap to synthesize, fentanyl and the much stronger carfentanyl are cheap to synthesize and available from Chinese labs. Cut the heroin with this, people are not used to the increased strength and overdose. Get this shit off the streets and the opiod problem will dissapear.

Nice bust in Massachusetts

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From Boston, MA station WHDH:

‘Operation Throne Down’ results in charges against dozens of Latin Kings leaders
Federal authorities announced racketeering, drug and firearms charges on Thursday against more than 60 members of the Latin Kings, including the leaders of the street gang’s East Coast operations, following “Operation Throne Down,” which was the largest takedown in FBI Boston history.

Among those arrested is Michael Cecchetelli, a 40-year-old Springfield, Massachusetts resident with ties to the Genovese crime family who oversaw the gang’s operations from Massachusetts down to Florida, according to Joseph Bonavolonta, head of the FBI’s Boston office.

Authorities said Cecchetelli and other gang leaders ran the gang with a Mafia-style hierarchy, with a council of leaders and as many as 11 chapters across Massachusetts alone. They say the leadership approach has become a model for other Latin Kings regions in the country.

The Latin Kings have also grown to become the largest gang in Massachusetts prisons, with an estimated 400 members, including leaders who face charges for continuing to coordinate criminal activity outside the prison, authorities said.

“It’s a big hit precisely because we are able to take out all of the leadership,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of the five-year investigation by the FBI and the State Department. “It will be extremely difficult for the gang to regroup in the region.”

Good news - they got the leadership so it will take a year or so for replacements to move into position. I am betting that the feds already know who the contenders are and are closely monitoring their activities. This is how the opioid crisis started and is being maintained.

Heh - money laundering

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From National Public Radio:

U.S. Arrests Money-Laundering Expert For Laundering Money
For decades, Bruce Bagley has been regarded as a leading expert on organized crime in Latin America, particularly on money laundering. Now, the University of Miami professor is in trouble for the way he may have applied that knowledge.

Bagley was arrested Monday on charges of laundering $3 million on behalf of corrupt foreign nationals who collected the illicit funds through bribes and by embezzling from a public works project in Venezuela.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan also accused Bagley of pocketing about 10% of the money — about $300,000 — acquired over 14 transactions between November 2017 and April 2019.

Taking "Practice what you Preach" to a new level.

Hoist by one's own petard

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Oopsie - from LEO Affairs:  (LEO - Law Enforcement Officer)

Seattle police captain arrested in his own department’s prostitution sting
A Seattle Police Department captain was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of sexual exploitation and has been placed on administrative leave, court records and the police department confirmed.

Randal Woolery was booked shortly after midnight and released less than 30 minutes later, according to King County Jail records.

“Seattle police arrested a 53-year-old SPD employee last night in an undercover Vice operation in North Seattle,” said a statement provided by department spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.

“The employee was booked into King County Jail with a request for misdemeanor charges, and the information was forwarded to the Office of Police Accountability,” the statement said. “The employee, a 31-year veteran assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau, has been placed on administrative leave.”

Bad cop - no donut.

An interesting number - 10.38%

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From the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

DACA Requestors with an IDENT Response
November 2019 Update

Introduction
The following tables provide information on DACA requestors from 2012 to October 2019 whoreceived an IDENT response. USCIS administrative data and IDENT data were analyzed to determine:

    • if a DACA requestor received an IDENT response;
    • when the IDENT response occurred in relation to an approval or denial of the DACA request;
    • the types of offenses associated with an arrest or apprehension of a DACA requestor;
    • the age group of a DACA requestor at the time of arrest;
    • the region and country of birth of arrested DACA requestors;
    • the last known state of residence of arrested DACA requestors; and
    • the state where the arrest of DACA requestors occurred.

An IDENT response indicates that an alien, in this case a DACA requestor, was arrested or apprehended for a criminal offense or an immigration-related civil offense. These tables only analyze arrests and apprehensions, as not all IDENT responses include disposition of the arrest or apprehension such as conviction, acquittal, dismissal or lessening of charges. These tables provide updates to the previous DACA Requestors with an IDENT Response report published on June 5, 2018. However, due to updates in reporting and extraction procedures, arrest information reflects a snapshot in time based on available data and is not part of a time series. New tables and maps are added to provide additional information where possible.

The table does not want to import well so here is a screenshot:

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So, over 10% of illegals approved to live in the USA under the DACA program have been arrested in the USA.
Looking at the population of DACA requestors who had their requests denied, 38.71% of these people were arrested in the USA.

They are sending their best and brightest. 

Birds of a feather

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Just wonderful. Get rid of them and salt the earth under their feet. From the United States Department of Justice:

Suburban Chicago Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS
The leader of a Chicago-area street gang has been arrested for allegedly attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

Jason Brown, also known as “Abdul Ja’Me,” allegedly provided $500 in cash to an individual on three separate occasions this year, with the understanding that the money would be wired to an ISIS soldier engaged in active combat in Syria, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Unbeknownst to Brown, the individual to whom he provided the money was confidentially working with law enforcement, and the purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer.

Brown, 37, of Lombard, Illinois, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. He is charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. A detention hearing is set for Nov. 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sunil R. Harjani in Chicago.

The complaint alleges that Brown is the leader of the AHK street gang, which is based in the Chicago suburb of Bellwood and comprised of former members of other gangs, including the Black P Stones, Gangster Disciples, and Four Corner Hustlers. AHK members trafficked various narcotics in the Chicago area, including a fentanyl analogue, heroin, and cocaine, and often boasted about the gang’s activities on social media, the charges allege.

Also Thursday, several AHK members or associates were arrested on federal drug charges. As part of the investigation, law enforcement shut down the gang’s operation of two illicit drug markets on the West Side of Chicago and executed search warrants at numerous locations.

Wonderful news - roll them up and get them off the streets. These are not teenage gang-bangers. Brown is almost 40. The press release lists the other people arrested. Some of them are 19-20 but many of them are in their late 30's - this is a career choice and not something that happened while playing outside in the neighborhood.

I am assuming that Brown is black - wonder if he knows who sold his ancestors into slavery in the first place.

Not the way to handle it - Mexico

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How deep in bed is he with the cartels? From FOX News:

Mexico's Lopez Obrador doubles down on ‘hugs, not bullets’ policy amid mounting criticism
Mexico’s president stood defiant Wednesday amid mounting criticism of his government’s policy of using "hugs, not bullets" when fighting drug cartels after nine Americans – including six children – were gunned down by sicarios on Monday.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador brushed off criticisms against his government’s position and reiterated Wednesday during his daily media briefing that violence was not the answer or appropriate response to the growing deaths at the hands of cartels.

“It was lamentable, painful because children died, but do we want to resolve the problem the same way (as previous administrations)? By declaring war?” he asked. “That, in the case of our country, showed that it does not work. That was a failure. It caused more violence.”

Hey AMLO - you campaigned on getting rid of the cartels and cutting crime. Now it is time for you do actually fulfill your campaign promises. You have all sorts of support from President Trump if you need it. Time for you to act.

Do not pick up any hitchhikers - from Raleigh, NC station WRAL:

13-year-old charged with murder escaped from Robeson courthouse wearing leg restraints, no shoes
Officials are searching for a boy who escaped from Robeson County Juvenile Court on Tuesday afternoon.

The 13-year-old, who was appearing in court for two counts of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon charges, escaped around noon, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

He was last seen in the intersection of North Carolina Highway 72 and Country Club Road in Lumberton wearing a white T-shirt, beige pants and leg restraints without any shoes.

Some forms of birth control need to be retroactive.

Very bad court decision

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They should have just let this guy die on the streets. I can not think of a better definition of "a worthless life".
From the New York Post:

Heroin addict allegedly drags NYPD cop with his car — and wins $11 million in court
A heroin addict with nearly 20 arrests to his name allegedly dragged a cop along a busy Bronx street while fleeing a traffic stop, forcing another lawman to shoot him — and a jury just handed him an $11 million payday, The Post has learned.

The incident:

Lopez, 27 when the encounter happened, was in the midst of “a two-week-long bender” and had just scored his latest fix on Feb. 1, 2006, when he rolled through a stop sign at East 169th Street and Grand Concourse, a city lawyer wrote in papers filed in the Bronx Supreme Court case.

Sgt. Philippe Blanchard and Officer Zinos Konstantinides pulled Lopez’s Honda to a stop shortly before noon and ordered him to kill the engine, but he refused to comply, according to the filings.

Instead, when Konstantinides reached inside the car to make a grab at the keys, Lopez hit the gas, dragging the cop into traffic along bustling Grand Concourse, the documents said.

Fearing “that his partner would be maimed or killed if he did not take immediate, forceful action,” Blanchard fired a single shot, striking Lopez in the neck, the city wrote in the papers.

I have to say that his attorney has chutzpah:

Lopez, according to police sources, has 19 lifetime arrests and, by his own admission in court, “about 13” convictions.

His attorney, Brett Klein, even requested of the jury $6 million to $9 million for lost earnings — despite Lopez not being employed at the time of the incident, according to the documents.

Fortunately, clearer heads are running things:

The NYPD deferred comment to the city Law Department, which said the case may not be over just yet.

“The split-second response by an officer likely stopped this driver from dragging an officer to his death, a response we believe was justified under the circumstances,” said spokesman Nicholas Paolucci in a statement. “We strongly disagree with this verdict and are reviewing the city’s legal options.”

Worst case scenario, Mr. Lopez gets some money and ODs. Win/win.

Senator Ted Cruz - illegal immigrants

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More guns, less crime - the FBI

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Interesting numbers from the FBI:

FBI Releases 2018 Crime Statistics
For the second consecutive year, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased when compared with the previous year’s statistics, according to FBI figures released today. In 2018, violent crime was down 3.3 percent from the 2017 number. Property crimes also dropped 6.3 percent, marking the 16th consecutive year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

The 2018 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 368.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the estimated rate of property crime was 2,199.5 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. The violent crime rate fell 3.9 percent when compared with the 2017 rate; the property crime rate declined 6.9 percent.

These and additional data are presented in the 2018 edition of the FBI’s annual report Crime in the United States. This publication is a statistical compilation of offense, arrest, and police employee data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

The full report is here: Crime in the U.S.

Major drug bust involving Bellingham

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From The Bellingham Herald:

Feds indict 30 in alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy with Whatcom County ties
Thirteen people were arrested Thursday, Sept. 5, and a total of 30 charged in two federal grand jury indictments alleging a conspiracy to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico through Southern California and to Canada in exchange for cash and MDMA or ecstasy.

At least some of the narcotics were moved through or exchanged in Whatcom County, according to the indictments.

Law enforcement also seized approximately 944.7 pounds of cocaine, 19.8 pounds of heroin, 102.7 pounds of methamphetamine and 106.1 pounds of MDMA or ecstasy, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California. Approximately $811,000 in Canadian currency also was seized.

Good news - get that shit off the street and make the perpetrators do hard time for their crimes.

Local crime in the news

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From NBC News:

Amazon drivers part of $10 million theft ring, FBI says
theft ring in Washington state sold millions of dollars' worth of stolen goods on Amazon.com in the past six years, and a pair of Amazon delivery drivers was involved, recently unsealed federal court documents show.

According to a search warrant affidavit unsealed in U.S. District Court in Seattle and reviewed by The Associated Press, two storefront businesses posing as pawnshops bought the goods from shoplifters, then had the items shipped to Amazon warehouses, where they were stored until sold online.

Entities associated with the alleged ringleader did at least $10 million in sales on Amazon since 2013, FBI agent Ariana Kroshinsky wrote in her affidavit.

No charges have yet been filed, though investigators have raided the pawnshops and the home of the man identified as the ringleader, Aleksandr Pavlovskiy, 44, of Auburn. A man who answered the door at one of the shops Wednesday identified himself as Alex and told The Associated Press his business was legitimate, that he kept good records and he should not be in any trouble.

A clever idea but definitely a criminal one - started out with the intent. A bit more - how they were caught:

The investigation began last summer when a police detective in Auburn, a south Seattle suburb, was perusing a record of pawnshop sales and noticed that one man had made 57 transactions. It turned out to be one of the drivers.

He had received nearly $30,000 selling items to the pawn shops between February and July last year, the affidavit said. Police initially arrested the driver, but released him from jail to avoid disrupting their larger investigation.

The other driver, identified as Abbas Zghair, was believed to be a roommate of the first. Amazon told investigators that Zghair stole about $100,000 worth of property, including gaming systems, sporting goods and computer products — items he sold to one of the pawnshops for less than $20,000, the agent wrote.

Not very bright - people like this do not realize that they are leaving a trail of breadcrumbs and that they will be discovered eventually. Better to go in, make some money and then move to a different city. The way they were operating had no exit strategy.

Heh - Baltimore

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Maybe this will wake him up and get him to start doing his fscking job. From the Baltimore, MD CBS affiliate:

Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore Home Burglarized, Police Say
Baltimore Police are investigating after the home of Rep. Elijah Cummings was broken into early Saturday morning.

The burglary occurred around 3:40 a.m. at his Baltimore home in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue.

No mention of suspect or race so it is probably not a white criminal. Always happens that way.

Well, they are criminals after all

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Good - let them thin the herd a little bit. From Yahoo / Agence France-Presse:

At least 57 dead in Brazil prison riot
At least 57 inmates were killed during a prison riot in northern Brazil on Monday as rival gang factions fought each other, an official said.

Sixteen of the dead were decapitated in the second major eruption of violence to rock the country's severely overpopulated and deadly prison system in as many months.

Not to forget that many of the illegal immigrants have gang ties and 20% of the US prison population are illegal immigrants. They are sending us their best and brightest.

Word to the wise

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Makes sense - from ABC News (caution: obnoxious loud self-loading video at the site):

'Domestic' terrorists could target July 4 holiday events, but no known plots: Feds
Federal authorities are warning that white supremacists and other political radicals could look to attack Independence Day revelers on July 4, noting in a bulletin to law enforcement around the country that domestic terrorists “have attacked perceived oppressors, opponents, or enemies engaged in outdoor First Amendment-protected rallies or protests during past summers.”

Practice good situational awareness, avoid large crowds, don't travel. Basic common sense.

Quite the drug bust - cocaine

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From gCaptain:

MSC Gayane Cocaine Bust: Affidavit Details High-Seas Rendezvous’ and Crew’s Effort to Conceal Drugs
New details are coming in about the massive cocaine bust in the Port of Philadelphia earlier this week, revealing an elaborate scheme involving members of the ship’s crew who used the ship’s crane to load the drugs during high-seas rendezvous’s with small boats.

This week’s cocaine bust on board the MSC Gayane Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia has blown up into one of the largest drug busts in U.S. history.

Authorities boarded the ship on Monday where they discovered some 16.5 tons of cocaine, worth an estimated street value of more than $1 billion, hidden inside shipping containers. While there, they arrested two of the ship’s crewmembers, Forofaavae Tiasaga, an able seaman, and Ivan Durasevic, the Second Mate, who admitted to their roles in the scheme in interviews with authorities. The details of the interviews were contained in a criminal complaint which included an affidavit by Homeland Security Special Agent Eric Mooney.

The affidavit revealed that Durasevic and Tiasaga, along with three other crew members, stood to be paid about $50,000 each for their respective roles in helping load and hide the drugs. It also showed that the ship was met by multiple small boats on at least two separate occasions during the ship’s previous voyage, and the drugs were loaded using the ship’s crane.

Only $50K? Amazed that these people would take this kind of risk for that amount.
Also, no mention of what tipped off the popo in Philadelphia.

As things develop - Arkancide

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From the Arkansas ABC affiliate KATV:

Arkansas judge seals police records in killing of former senator Linda Collins-Smith
A judge has sealed investigative files in the killing of former Arkansas senator Linda Collins-Smith.

The Randolph County prosecuting attorney's office announced Wednesday that Circuit Judge Harold Erwin had sealed documents and statements obtained by police.

The Randolph County sheriff's office said it will issue a "brief statement" on the case Wednesday.

Sealing the documents? A bit odd for an open murder investigation.

Great news - the wheels of justice etc... from the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

Ex-school deputy Scot Peterson arrested on charges of neglect of duty in Parkland massacre
Scot Peterson, the school security officer branded a coward for his inaction during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been arrested for neglect of duty, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Tuesday.

Peterson, 56, had been nationally heckled and vilified for failing to confront the former student who gunned down and killed 17 students and staff at the Parkland school on Feb. 14, 2018.

From one of the parents: "He should rot, that’s how I feel"

Absolutely.

Nice guy - North Korea

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Another nation we need to bring in to the 21st century. From Radio Free Asia:

China Uncovers North Korean State-Sponsored Drug Ring After Arrests
Chinese authorities in early May made several arrests in connection with a North Korean drug smuggling ring in the Changbai Korean Autonomous county in Jilin province, just across the border from North Korea.

According to multiple sources, the Chinese government is paying special attention to this case because during police investigations, the ring was found to have connections with North Korean state security agents, adding a new wrinkle to recently tense relations between the two countries.

And a bit more - this is not a rogue cartel, this is state sponsored:

The source believes that the recent drug busts have uncovered the North Korean government’s recent involvement in drug manufacture and trafficking as a method of making foreign currency, which the country desperately needs as it transitions to a market economy while under sanctions put in place by the U.S. and the U.N.

“North Koreans smuggling large amounts of meth into China are not small-time private smugglers. They are part of a foreign-currency-generating organization that is protected by powerful North Korean authorities.”

“They tend to travel through cities on the North Korea-China border like Hyesan and Changbai, and they’ve been making lots of money bringing meth into China,” said the source.

More at the site - they have been doing this (drug smuggling) since the 1970's.

Good news - welfare reform

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President Trump is enforcing a law that is alreay on the books - from The Daily Caller:

TRUMP TO SIGN MEMO TO CURB WELFARE USE BY NON-CITIZENS
President Donald Trump is expected to sign a memorandum Thursday enforcing restrictions on welfare benefits for non-citizens, The Daily Caller has learned.

The memo directs government agencies to enforce legislation signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 that requires sponsors of immigrants to the U.S. to reimburse the government for any welfare benefits received by the person they are sponsoring.

Immigrant sponsors will be informed by agencies that they are required to pay back the money, and that they will be sent to collections if they fail to do so. Agencies will have 90 days to update their guidance and will report back to the president on their progress in 180 days.

Sponsor repayment of welfare benefits was enacted under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, but has remained largely unenforced. The bill was sponsored by Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy and Patty Murray.

Good - zero problem with people immigrating but it has to be done legally and our new citizens have to assimilate into the American Culture and be productive.

Jussie Smollett was in the news for concocting a fake hate crime against his person. He was friends with the machine and the case was dropped. Now this from the Chicago Tribune:

Judge orders sealed court records in aborted Jussie Smollett prosecution to be made public
A Cook County judge Thursday ordered the case file in the aborted prosecution of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett unsealed, marking a victory for the Chicago Tribune and other news organizations and adding another twist to a case with seemingly no end to controversy.

Smollett’s attorney had succeeded in sealing the court records at the same unannounced hearing in March at which State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office abruptly dropped all charges that the actor had staged a hate crime attack on himself.

After news organizations sought to unseal the records, Smollett’s legal team opposed the request, citing the actor’s privacy rights.

But Circuit Judge Steven Watkins held that those privacy rights had been trumped by Smollett and his attorneys going before the cameras to declare his innocence.

Let the sun shine in - there needs to be equal justice for all.

Sending a message to Massachusetts - from The United States Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:

Massachusetts District Court Judge and Court Officer Indicted for Obstruction of Justice
A Massachusetts District Court Judge and Trial Court Officer were indicted today in federal court in Boston on obstruction of justice charges for preventing an ICE Officer from taking custody of an alien defendant.

Good - they violated Federal Law by doing this. They need to pay for their crimes. More at the site - one paragraph:

“This case is about the rule of law,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime. We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views to justify violating the law. Everyone in the justice system – not just judges, but law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and defense counsel – should be held to a higher standard. The people of Massachusetts expect that, just like they expect judges to be fair, impartial and to follow the law themselves.”

No cherry picking - obey all the laws.

Good - Sherrif Scott Israel arived at the scene and then hid during the Marjory Stoneman High School shooting. He showed cowardice and failed to do his job. He got booted and took his claim to the Florida Supreme Court. He lost. From the South Florida Sun-Sentinal:

Florida Supreme Court blocks former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from getting his job back
Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel lost his fight Tuesday to have the Florida Supreme Court return him to duty.

Now, in all likelihood, it’s up to the voters of Broward County to return him to office — if they want him back.

The court ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis had the constitutional authority to suspend Israel in January for his agency’s failure to adequately respond to mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland and the Fort Lauderdale airport.

The decision all but ends Israel’s attempt to get his job back before the 2020 election.

The airport shooting was in 2017, Parkland in 2018. From the article:

The failure of the sheriff’s office to implement policy changes after the airport incident was one of the factors that led to the casualty rate at the high school, according to an independent commission that analyzed the response to the Parkland massacre.

Sounds pretty damning to me. The parents have justifiably responded. From NPR - April 11th, 2019:

'There Were Failures': Parkland Victims' Families File 22 Lawsuits Alleging Negligence
Families of Parkland school shooting victims are filing at least 22 lawsuits against Broward County's school board, sheriff's office and more, alleging they failed to prevent the attack that left 17 people dead and another 17 injured.

Attorneys representing families of those who were killed or wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, argue several organizations and individuals were responsible for the massacre. In addition to the school district and sheriff's office, other targets in the lawsuits, announced Wednesday, are Henderson Behavioral Health, which provided mental health services to confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz; former Stoneman Douglas security guard Andrew Medina, who was the first to see Cruz on campus but did not call a "code red" lockdown; and former Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who hid during the shooting rather than entering the school building to confront the shooter.

Good riddance to a failed cop.

An art heist gone right

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From The Beeb:

Stolen Bruegel masterpiece was switched with fake in police sting
Police in Italy are unconcerned about the daring theft of a Flemish master's painting - because they had replaced it with a fake a month ago.

The painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, worth millions, apparently vanished from a church on Wednesday.

Thieves used a hammer to smash open its display case and made off in a car.

Hours later, Italian police revealed they had heard rumours of the planned heist - and installed cameras to catch the thieves in the act.

The painting of the crucifixion had also been replaced with a copy, and the original kept safe and sound, they said.

I love it - good job by the popo. My guess is that the thieves already had a buyer - wonder if the money changed hands already. Interesting to see what happens with that transaction...

Methamphetamine in the news

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From the Leesburg, VA Daily Commercial:

Cops: Woman hid drugs in her pants
A Sorrento woman who was arrested for driving with a suspended license got another set of charges Tuesday after the arresting deputy discovered a strange bulge in her pants.

Theresa Barker, 39, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia after the deputy searching her spotted a bulge near her crotch that would turn out to be a bag of drugs.

Barker was initially pulled over around 1:30 p.m. for an expired tag. The deputy discovered she also didn’t have a license, which was suspended for failing to pay off tickets and cancelled when she never renewed it.

What really got me was the mugshot:

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Seriously, she is 39? I would have put her at 59 at the youngest. She is a poster child for chronic methamphetamine abuse. Tip of the hat to Kenny Lane for the link.

From Legal Insurrection:

British PM Theresa May Holds Summit to Address UK Knife Crime Epidemic
British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency knife-crime summit to deal with the stabbing epidemic raging across the country. The announcement comes after 21 people were stabbed to death in London since the beginning of the year.

“We will only defeat the scourge of violence if we understand and address its complex root causes,” she said.

The UK police chief Sara Thornton called rising knife crime a “national emergency.” There were nearly 40,000 crimes involving knives in England and Wales between January and September 2018, the UK’s Office for National Statistics disclosed. The stabbing incidents were at the highest in a decade, since UK authorities started collecting relevant data.

May’s government is taking drastic measures to get law and order under control. The police have been granted an initial sum of £10 million to fund a “surge” of extra officers to combat knife crime across the UK, according to the newspaper reports.

No surprises there - just criminals being criminals and the mentally ill acting out their fantasies. Also, no word on the ethnicities of the perps but England has a lot of immigrants from Muslim nations. It would be interesting to see the racial breakdown - it is not racist if it is actual hard data.

Yikes - Emergency 911 response times

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At last night's CPR class, the teacher (he is a fireman and first aider) told us that the response time on the island is about seven minutes and in Seattle, it is about five minutes. Really good. From Detroint, MI station WXYZ:

Duggan calls lengthy 911 delays 'outliers,' but vows to address problems revealed
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan defended the city’s response times for urgent calls to 911 in wake of a 7 Action News investigation, but vowed to address problems revealed by the report.

“We’re taking the reporting seriously, we’re looking at it very carefully,” Duggan said. “I thought Ross Jones’s stories were accurate, and they were. I thought they weren’t fair in the sense that the 13-minute response times are accurate, but there are outliers.”

In a months-long investigation, 7 Action News repeatedly reported that the average response times for the most urgent 911 calls in Detroit hovers between 12 and 13 minutes—a big improvement from years ago.

But that’s not the whole story. Some 3,000 priority 1 calls—including rapes, armed robberies and active shootings—took 30 minutes or more just to get a response last year. Hundreds took an hour or more.

Glad I do not live in that socialist shithole.

Great speech - he is the adult in the room for this story:

Quite the nice haul - methamphetamine

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From the U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Department of Homeland Security:

CBP Field Operations Officers Seize Over $12 Million in Methamphetamine at Pharr International Bridge
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge hit the drug-smuggling organizations hard this weekend with a substantial interception of hard narcotics, seizing $12,700,000 worth of methamphetamine.

“This was an outstanding interception our officers accomplished this weekend,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our officers’ astute sense of awareness and tenacity is unparalleled and truly commendable.”

On Feb. 16, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a 42-year-old male Mexican citizen with a commercial shipment of frozen strawberries arriving from Mexico. CBP referred the shipment for further inspection and with the use of all available tools and resources, officers discovered 350 packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the trailer. CBP OFO seized 906 pounds of methamphetamine (411 kg) along with the tractor/trailer.

Great work guys!

Illegal aliens - big meth bust

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It is not the brightest and best that are coming here - from Conservative Review:

‘Huge and sophisticated’ operation: Mexican cartel meth lab busted in Atlanta suburb
When you observe illegal aliens pouring over our border, guess who is coming among them? The biggest experts in trafficking, producing, and cooking the deadliest drugs for the most dangerous Mexican cartels. That is the gist of the conversation I had with Robert Murphy, special agent in charge of Atlanta’s DEA office, after his successful bust of what he called a “huge and sophisticated” meth lab run by agents of the Cartel New Generation Jalisco (CNGJ) in an affluent suburb of the Atlanta metro area.

About 72,000 people died in America in 2017 from drugs, mainly illicit drugs brought in by the Mexican cartels. But now, with meth growing in popularity among all the cartels, they are cooking it on our soil, using networks of illegal aliens brought in for that purpose. In this case, the DEA busted up a highly sophisticated meth lab run exclusively by Mexican nationals in six locations in and around the Atlanta metro area. All but one of those arrested were in the country illegally, according to Agent Murphy.

“This has been a long-term investigation,” said Murphy, who has spent 28 years in law enforcement and now runs all DEA operations in the southeast. “We knew they were in the process of making a major cook and it was going to hit the streets. We had no idea we were going to find the size and sophistication of what we found.

They are transporting the chemical precursors across the border - if captured, no proof of intent - then they cook it at some lab far away from the border. The author - Daniel Horowitz - offers this:

Thus, once again, we see that the drug problem is not an internal problem with health care and pain medication; it’s being driven by the open border and fueled by criminal alien networks working for the cartels because we don’t fully enforce our laws internally.

This is just the tip of the iceberg - remember that huge Fentanyl bust February 1st, 2019 - less than two weeks ago:

LARGEST FENTANYL DRUG BUST IN HISTORY MADE AS TRUCK TRIED CROSSING THE SOUTHERN BORDER
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol seized enough fentanyl to kill over 50 million people from a truck that was trying to cross the southern border into the United States.

If we stop this flow, our drug problem would dry up and blow away. Wonder if the cartels are paying off Shumer and Pelosi - their actions certainly point to that. Only thing that explains it.

Great news - the Mexican Cartels

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El Chapo is probably spending life in prison - from The New York Post:

El Chapo found guilty on all counts at trial
A Brooklyn jury on Tuesday found Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman guilty on all counts.

The panel spent more than five days mulling the drug lord’s fate before convicting him on charges of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, use of firearms and various charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

Guzman, who twice escaped prison in Mexico, now faces up to life behind bars.

The decision follows an 11-week trial with testimony from more than 50 prosecution witnesses — including 14 former associates of Guzman’s who took the stand against him — and a 30-minute, single-witness defense case.

How many lives this man has destroyed. Build the damn wall already.

From the Gulfport, Mississippi Sun Herald:

Government workers busted at PortMiami trying to get on cruise to sell drugs, cops say
Two government contractors from Washington, D.C., were intercepted by federal agents on Sunday as they tried to board a cruise ship with an array of drugs they planned on selling to passengers, police said.

Their downfall, according to police: intercepted emails in which the two discussed their plan on government-issued computers. Police said both men were government contractors, though their arrest reports don’t say which agency employed them.

The Homeland Security special agent who intercepted the emails said their strategy was “to smuggle the narcotics into the ship and distribute it once on board the ship,” according to their arrest reports.

Using government computers to discuss your plans? Talk about epic levels of stupidity.

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