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  • Canadian smuggler with turtles in pants pleads guilty in US

    12/02/2015 6:06:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 2, 2015
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of southeastern Michigan. Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to the U.S. to pick them up and then ship them to China or return with them to Ontario, Canada. He pleaded guilty to six crimes in federal court in Ann Arbor and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
  • US arrests man 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'

    08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/24/13 | AFP
    A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law. The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake. The buyer...
  • Two children facing deportation after being rescued in kidnapping

    09/23/2013 1:46:09 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies ^ | 09.23.2013 | Action 4 News Staff
    Two children are facing deportation after they were kidnapped by their mother's boyfriend and rescued but authorities learned that they were in the United States illegally. Brownsville police arrested 31-year-old Luis Armando Avonce Hernandez at the Gateway International Bridge on Friday. Hernandez allegedly tried to cross into Mexico with four children under the age of 11. Investigators told Action 4 News that Hernandez was not the biological father to one of the children. Hernandez claimed that his live-in girlfriend had had left the children in the care of her brother and he did not agree with that, so he decided...
  • Traffic stop leads to discovery of undocumented aliens

    08/28/2013 6:57:58 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    The Tribune-Star The Tribune Star ^ | August 28, 2013 | The Tribune-Star The Tribune Star
    CLOVERDALE — An Arizona man was jailed in Putnam County on Monday night after being stopped by Indiana State Police and found to be transporting six persons whom police described as illegal aliens. In a press release, ISP identified the driver as Luciano Cax Ortiz, 24, of Phoenix. Ortiz faces charges of transporting illegal aliens for gain, a class-A misdemeanor; harboring illegal aliens for gain, also a class-A misdemeanor; and operating without ever obtaining a license, a class-C misdemeanor.
  • Driver in fatal chase admitted to stealing Jeep

    08/15/2013 12:39:20 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies ^ | August 15, 2013 | Jared Taylor The Monitor
    McALLEN — The injured driver who faces six counts of murder when he’s released from the hospital was arrested last week on stolen vehicle and marijuana charges, jail booking records show. Hector Guadalupe Ramirez, 18, is set to face the six counts of murder after the Texas Department of Public Safety obtained a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday, the agency said in a statement. Monday’s chase was the second time in a week that the Roma man found himself behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle, authorities said. Mission police arrested Ramirez on Aug. 5 after he admitted to...
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovoi’s business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • Police stationed along Texas border fight endless battle against drug trafficking

    11/17/2012 9:23:50 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    NBC33 TV ^ | November 17, 2012 | Robert Arnold
    Police stationed along Texas border fight endless battle against drug trafficking and human smuggling: NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Brooks County, Texas is a less than five-hour drive from Houston, but the rural community of just over 7,200 people is facing an overwhelming amount of crime. High-speed chases, smugglers and a rising body count has become a fact of life in a county made up largely of ranchers and farmers. "We have a lot to contend with," said Brooks County Chief Deputy Urbino Martinez. "It takes a toll." Houston's connection to this rise in crime can be clearly seen in the...
  • Man caught fitting 21 illegal aliens into van

    05/29/2012 7:06:34 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies ^ | 05.29.2012 | Brianna Vela
    A 22-year old was arrested after Border Patrol agents discovered he was trying to smuggle 21 people. On Sunday evening, Border Patrol received a call about a brown van that had been loading possible illegal aliens in Havana. The caller reported that multiple people were getting into the vehicle in a brushy area near Dehlia Street. Two agents responded to the area and saw the van at a nearby intersection off Expressway 83. As the patrol vehicle approached the van, it made a sudden lane change and darted off in the other direction. The van was weaving in and out...
  • Laredo man guilty of smuggling 100 aliens from numerous countries

    04/13/2012 8:47:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies ^ | April 13, 2012 | Brianna Vela
    After a three year investigative case and an arrest made in Spring 2011, a Laredo man was found guilty on smuggling 100 undocumented aliens. On Friday, the jury involved in the case, deemed Jose Rolando Ortiz responsible for transporting and harboring illegal immigrants and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Immigration and Customs Enforcement –Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Border Patrol agents, a chemist and undocumented alien witnesses all gave testimonies during the trial. Some methods Ortiz utilized methods to transport the illegal aliens from Mexico, China, India and the Dominican Republic that endangered their lives. The 30-year-old did not...
  • Fleeing Illegal Aliens Shoot at Texas Troopers During Traffic Stop

    02/19/2012 11:21:27 AM PST · by montag813 · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-19-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Illegal aliens are increasingly battling police to avoid capture. Last week in Phoenix, 2 illegals fought with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's detectives after a traffic stop, to try and enable 10 additional illegals to escape into the desert. Last night near Premont, TX, one or more of a group of 15 illegal aliens in a van shot at a Texas DPS Trooper when the officer tried to stop their vehicle in a routine traffic stop on Highway 281, according to the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office. After a short chase, the pursuit ended south...
  • Border Agent Sentenced to 2 Years for Abuse of Immigrant Who Claims he Received No Injuries

    10/27/2011 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies · 1+ views
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly handling a teenager he had handcuffed the boy, a smuggling suspect. Prosecutors claimed agent Jesus “Chito” Diaz was responsible for the bruises sustained by a 15-year-old boy during an October 2008 arrest near the Ro Grande in Texas. Diaz, 31, was charged with depriving the teenager of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force when he lifted the boy improperly by his arms, and put his knee in his back. Diaz’s attorneys said that no injuries were sustained from a...
  • China Arrests Its Most-Wanted Fugitive After Canada Deports Him (8 co-conspirators already executed)

    07/24/2011 12:40:05 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/23/11 | IAN JOHNSON and MICHAEL WINES
    BEIJING — In a closely watched case that could affect Chinese citizens in other Western countries, state security officials arrested China’s most-wanted fugitive on Saturday after Canadian authorities deported him, ending more than a decade of attempts to escape imprisonment here. The former fugitive, Lai Changxing, 53, is suspected of leading a corruption ring that caused a major government upheaval in the late 1990s, touching the man widely expected to be chosen next year to lead China, Vice President Xi Jinping. Mr. Lai is accused of overseeing a smuggling ring from Xiamen, a coastal city opposite Taiwan, that netted as...
  • Swedes, Norwegians pounce on Chinese garlic smuggler (charged w/illegal import of 28 tons into EU)

    07/07/2010 9:05:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/7/10 | Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nordic customs officials have arrested a truck driver after he tried to illegally import 28 tons of Chinese garlic into the European Union. The driver was intercepted last month as he drove the pungent truckload from Norway, which is outside the EU and where garlic is exempt from customs' duties, into Sweden, where garlic is subject to a 9.6 percent EU-wide duty. Smuggling of cheaply produced Chinese garlic into the EU is on the rise, with around 1,200 tons brought into the 27-nation bloc via Norway since 2009, according to the European Anti-Fraud Office, known as OLAF.
  • Pinal Sheriff: Dying smuggler talked of deputy's shooting

    06/11/2010 6:56:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 617+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Tim Steller
    During a 911 call Sunday, a wounded smuggler revealed tantalizing familiarity with the shooting of a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy, the sheriff said Friday. The caller — suspected of being a smuggler because he had strap marks on his shoulders — called 911 Sunday evening after he and a partner were shot while walking up a smuggling trail in southwestern Pinal County. He and the partner died in a remote area before officers could find him. While trying to explain his location to a dispatcher the suspected smuggler said in Spanish he was “Right here where they shot the sheriff.”...
  • Laredo border agents bust fake deputy, find (1000 pounds of) pot in truck

    06/02/2010 1:30:53 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 1 replies · 342+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | June 1, 2010, 9:20PM | DANE SCHILLER
    ...Drug traffickers are getting so much bolder and creative that a man recently was snared in South Texas dressed as a sheriff's deputy and driving a pickup outfitted with emergency lights and painted to look convincingly official. ...The truck caught the attention of border agents last week who noticed the decals were a bit different than those used on the Webb County Sheriff's Office vehicles, said Jason Darling, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Laredo Sector. “There were subtle differences,” Darling said. “They were able to take one look at it and know something was out of place.” Stuffed in the...
  • Iraqi Forces Wound Terror Suspect, Arrest Smuggler

    09/04/2009 4:47:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 284+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2009 – Iraqi forces, working with U.S. advisors, wounded and captured a suspected terrorist and arrested an alleged weapons smuggler in recent operations, military officials reported. Elements of the Iraqi special operations forces detained a suspected terrorist who was wanted for engaging in sectarian violence in Baghdad yesterday. He was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, and when approached the Iraqi soldiers with the intent to fire, they shot and wounded him. The elite counter-terrorism force was operating under the authority of a warrant issued by the Central Investigative Court of Karkh. Iraqi soldiers rendered medical aid...
  • Alleged Drug Dealer "Holds Out" for 17 Days

    08/11/2009 9:08:42 PM PDT · by neverhome · 9 replies · 655+ views
    Western Telegraph ^ | 08.11.09 | Uncredited
    An alleged drugs dealer appeared in court on Friday after "holding out" for more than two weeks before finally going to the toilet. Damien Ankrah, aged 27, was arrested on July 13 on suspicion of transporting heroin by placing the drugs in a condom and swallowing them. But it was almost August before he went to the toilet and police had to use new legislation to get the evidence. The exceptional effort led Dyfed-Powys Police to warn drugs dealers not to try the same thing. Ankrah was arrested in Haverfordwest and detained at Pembroke Dock police station, where officers told...
  • Mexico: Almost 1 ton of cocaine found in sharks

    06/18/2009 3:55:56 PM PDT · by cups · 14 replies · 1,321+ views
    MEXICO CITY — Mexico says it found nearly one ton of cocaine hidden inside frozen shark carcasses. Prosecutors says hundreds of packages stuffed in the bellies of dozens of dead sharks seized in the Gulf port of Progreso contained 1,965 pounds (893 kilograms) of cocaine. The Attorney General's Office says the sharks were found in two containers on Tuesday. The containers had been shipped from Costa Rica. There was no immediate information on its intended destination.
  • PHOTO: Smuggler Caught With 14 Birds in Pants

    05/11/2009 7:51:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 41 replies · 1,264+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | May 11, 2009
    Given away by bird poop on his socks, fancy pants here was charged Tuesday in California with smuggling exotic Asian songbirds from Vietnam into the United States by strapping them onto his legs. Droppings on Sony Dong's socks and feathers peeking out from under a pant leg tipped off a Los Angeles International Airport inspector in March, who arrested the 46-year-old. Dong wore an elaborate set of leggings with buttoned cloth wrappings, which held more than a dozen birds (pictured), the Associated Press reported. Inspectors had flagged Dong for inspection because he had abandoned a suitcase of 18 birds in...
  • Smuggler's Plot For The Birds

    05/06/2009 11:11:03 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 6 replies · 547+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 5 May 2009 | Unattributed
    Two California men were indicted today on federal charges that they illegally smuggled Asian songbirds into the country, most recently last month when one of the defendants, returning from a trip to Vietnam, was found with 14 live birds strapped to his legs. As seen in the below evidence photo, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at Los Angeles International Airport discovered the birds under the pants of Sony Dong. According to a Department of Justice press release, CBP agents inspected Dong and "found bird feathers and droppings on his socks, as well as birds' tail feathers visible under his...