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  • Florida MUSLIM who plotted WMD beach plot had been CLEARED for Key West AIRPORT

    07/30/2015 6:30:57 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 07/30/2015 | Pamela Geller
    is only a matter a time. You have to be right 100% of the time — and with Obama importing whole Muslim communities from jihad nations, it is impossible. Which is why we have seen this spike in jihad terror attacks (Chattanooga, Boston, Garland …..). The idea that you cannot profile for jihad is suicidal. It is submission to Islamic supremacism. A Florida man charged earlier this week in an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot to detonate a bomb on a crowded beach was once cleared to work at the Key West International Airport, where his job provided him direct access...
  • American Coyotes: Texas border towns divided over deployment of Guard, state troopers (Part 4 of 7)

    07/22/2015 9:33:29 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 7 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 22 July 2015 | Carl Prine
    RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – When then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry deployed a battalion of the state’s National Guard troops here last August, he called them the “tip of the spear” against Mexican cartels that trafficked dope and illegal immigrants. Critics, especially here in the Rio Grande Valley, derided Perry’s decision as expensive political theater that “militarized” the border and antagonized Mexico. Perry’s supporters defended the move as a long overdue “surge” of police and soldiers against an influx of tens of thousands of undocumented and unescorted juveniles, mostly from Central America, that would fill gaps in federal border security. What’s...
  • American Coyotes: Enforcers caught in corruption of ‘dirty’ Texas towns (Part 3 of 7)

    07/21/2015 8:52:47 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 4 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 21 July 2015 | Carl Prine
    EDINBURG, Texas – When it comes to corrupt public officials aiding the smugglers of drugs and illegal immigrants, this is the dirtiest town, in the most crooked county, in the most bribable state along the U.S.-Mexico border, court records show. Federal prosecutors convicted 206 defendants on public corruption charges in the border counties of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California in 2013 and 2014 — 52 people who offered bribes, and 154 local, county, state and federal employees who pocketed those or smuggled people or narcotics. Texas had 166 convictions, 34 in Hidalgo County alone, with a dozen cases linked...
  • Trib investigation: American Coyotes (Part 1 of 7 on enablers of illegal immigration)

    07/19/2015 4:47:12 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 17 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 18 July 2015 | Carl Prine
    Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered more than 1,900 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants in the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
  • Woman Carrying Cocaine in Breast Implants Arrested at Colombia Airport

    06/19/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 20, 2015 | (none)
    A Honduran woman carrying 3.3 lbs of liquid cocaine in her breast implants was arrested at the airport in Colombia's capital Bogota on Friday, police said. Paola Deyanira Sabillon, 22, was attempting to travel to Spain when her apparent nervousness aroused suspicion in the security line, airport police colonel Diego Rosero said. X-rays revealed a recent surgery on Sabillon's breasts and she confessed that an unknown substance had been implanted which she was meant to take to Barcelona, police added. Authorities said a preliminary investigation showed that the surgery took place at a clandestine clinic in the city of Pereira,...
  • Castros' Drug-Trafficking Hardly a Surprise... But JEB BUSH, That's a Story!

    05/05/2015 3:45:48 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 May 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Hearing 'news' lately of the Castro regime's drug-running into the US shouldn't come as a revelation to anyone- Havana was long an ally of Columbia's coke-producing communist rebels, and other cash-strapped socialist paradises like North Korea operate mafia-like smuggling and counterfeiting operations in order to generate hard currency... I'm sure the CIA always knew or at least suspected/expected that to be the case with the Cubans. But I was thumbing through an unofficial bio of George Herbert Walker Bush (albeit one authored by a couple 9/11-truthers -and published by the LaRouche organization) over the weekend and was amused to find implications that...
  • In Libya, anarchy fuels boom in migrant smuggling, turning Mediterranean into 'graveyard'

    04/23/2015 9:13:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Front Page ^ | 4/23/15 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and LEE KEATH - Associated Press
    CAIRO (AP) — Libya's chaos has turned it into a lucrative magnet attracting migrants desperate to make the dangerous sea voyage to Europe. With no central authority to stop it, business is booming, with smugglers charging ever more as demand goes up, then using the profits to buy larger boats and heavier weapons to ensure no one dare touch them. It's a vicious cycle that only translates into more tragedies at sea. With each rickety boat that sets off from Libya's coast, traffickers rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars. So assured are they of their impunity that they operate...
  • Smuggled, Untaxed Cigarettes Are Everywhere in New York City

    04/15/2015 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    Village Voice ^ | 04/07/2015 | Jon Campbell
    As six armed officers pour out of two unmarked Ford Explorers on a Long Island City street corner, you can see the confusion on the faces of gawkers and passersby. One woman looks up from her phone and does a sitcom-worthy double-take when she notices their windbreakers, embossed with the word "SHERIFF" in big gold letters, front and back. That might be because few have ever heard of the New York City Sheriff's Office. But those who have know what happens next. And, not surprisingly, when they burst into a corner store near 40th Avenue and 21st Street, the clerk...
  • 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 Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake. The buyer...
  • Bill would require a license to sell cigarettes in Virginia

    02/16/2015 10:12:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2015 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — A state report linking Virginia cigarette smuggling to terrorist organizations has prompted a Republican state senator to push a bill that would require retailers and wholesalers to obtain a state license to sell cigarettes. The bill, from Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spottsylvania), has cleared the Senate, but odds are against it in the GOP-dominated House because of conservative objections to increased government regulations and taxes. Even in the more moderate Senate, eight conservative Republicans voted against it. They are a group that Reeves, a fiscal and social conservative, often votes with. “I think they are concerned about regulatory...
  • Syria, Iraq and the United States: A Gathering Storm

    06/09/2004 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 29 replies · 301+ views
    JINSA ^ | June 4, 2004 | Jonathan Howland
    U.S. military forces have discovered a smuggling ring moving copious quantities of explosives and weapons from Iraq to terrorist training camps constructed by the Saddam Hussein regime inside Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Pentagon also announced that the structure bombed by U.S. warplanes last week, described by many major media outlets as a wedding celebration at a private ranching operation, was actually a "dormitory-like" facility used as a "safe house" to facilitate the clandestine movement of foreign terrorists into Iraq from Syria. According to Pentagon officials, small arms, explosives, and bomb making materials are being removed from...
  • Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

    01/25/2015 1:33:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 January 2015 | AFP
    The Italian government on Wednesday said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was the country's "largest discovery yet" of looted works and consisted of 5,361 pieces, including vases, jewellery, frescoes and bronze statues, all dating from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. The archaeological treasures came from illegal digs across Italy and "will be returned to where they were found", the minister told reporters. Police said the items were worth around 45 million euros ($52 million) and were...
  • Complications in SF 'Shrimp Boy' Prosecution (RAT Yee's shoulder fired missiles)

    05/11/2014 3:55:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 5/09/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Accused Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has refused to sign on to a protective order that will allow defense attorneys to receive evidence from federal prosecutors, including audio recordings and video surveillance, from a five-year undercover investigation that led to his arrest, and the arrest of 26 others in March. Attorneys for the federal government on Thursday filed a motion to compel Chow to cooperate, noting that nearly all the other defendants have signed on, and only one other defendant has not signed because of a likely substitution of counsel in the near future. According...
  • Why did (California RAT) state Sen. Leland Yee escape terrorism charges?

    04/05/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/04/14 | Matthias Gafni
    Shocking enough are the allegations that a long-perceived unassuming state senator tried brokering an international arms deal with military-style rifles and rocket launchers, but Leland Yee may have narrowly escaped an even more ominous label: supporter of terrorism. Yee, whose arrest after an FBI undercover sting shook the California political world last week, would likely have been charged with aiding terrorists if not for a bureaucratic label missing from the militant Filipino group that he is accused of sourcing for an international arms deal, counterterrorism experts told this newspaper. His ties to the group, whose leader has said he personally...
  • U.S. case against state Sen. Leland Yee, 28 others to be split (shoulder fired missiles)

    08/07/2014 4:21:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/07/14 | Lee Romney
    Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed at a federal court hearing Thursday that the unwieldy criminal case against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others should be split up before trial. **SNIP** The hearing before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer came two weeks after the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California filed a new indictment in the case, adding violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act against Yee and his former fundraiser, Keith Jackson. Yee is accused of conducting a criminal enterprise with Jackson, who allegedly solicited bribes and...
  • Leland Yee co-defendant trying to shift blame, prosecutors say (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/13/2014 1:40:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 9/11/14 | Bob Egelko
    **SNIP** Yee, D-San Francisco, and Jackson, his former consultant and a former San Francisco school board president, are among 29 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes after an undercover FBI investigation. Prosecutors have accused Yee, now suspended from his Senate seat, of soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from agents posing as campaign contributors in exchange for political favors. In a filing Aug. 14, Jackson's lawyer asserted that an FBI agent had been removed from the investigation and reprimanded because of financial misconduct. The agent, identified in court records only as UCE 4773, posed as a Georgia businessman and...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • A Toast To 2014’s Top California Political Stories (shoulder fired missiles)

    01/01/2015 5:38:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    KQED ^ | 12/31/14 | John Myers
    **SNIP** The San Francisco Democrat was a fairly high-profile member of the California Legislature, but not a flamboyant one or one who was the subject of gossip and rumor. And that’s probably why the news in March landed with such a bombshell, when the 66-year old former psychologist was arrested and charged with not only corruption, but also with allegedly participating in a scheme to smuggle illegal weapons into the United States. The irony was impossible to miss: gun trafficking charges against a Democrat who made a name for himself as a fierce advocate of gun control, a politician who...
  • 'This was an egregious breach of our nation's air traffic security': Brooklyn district...

    12/24/2014 9:07:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/23/14
    'This was an egregious breach of our nation's air traffic security': Brooklyn district attorney slams gun smuggling ring that allowed 18 pistols and ammunition to get past TSA in Atlanta **SNIP** Thompson commented as he described a case brought against five people, including an airline baggage handler who was charged a day earlier by federal authorities in Atlanta. Thompson said he was not trying to scare anyone. But he said it's 'truly frightening' what investigators learned after a probe that started as a way to reduce gun violence in Brooklyn. He said former Delta Air Lines employee Mark Quentin Henry...
  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    12/20/2014 10:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 6:36 PM EST | Nicholas Riccardi
    Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court—social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado’s experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. …
  • Former ATF Agent: Empower Police To Nab Terrorists Smuggling Cigarettes

    09/29/2014 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Strict laws must be put in place to combat New York City’s massive tobacco smuggling problem, former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Assistant Director Rich Marianos told The Daily Caller News Foundation.“Street gangs, narcotics crews, Russian and Asian organized crime networks, and terrorists are trading cigs for guns, narcotics — even humans,” Marianos, who was with the ATF for 27 years, said.NYC’s disproportionately high cigarette tax is allowing hardened criminals and even terrorists to fund illicit activity and make huge profits, with almost no risk, thanks to lax tobacco smuggling laws.Since 2006, the tax rate on NYC...
  • Lethbridge student suspended for dealing banned Pepsi from locker

    09/15/2014 11:34:14 AM PDT · by Phlap · 79 replies
    CBC ^ | 12/15/2014 | CBC News Staff
    A Grade 12 student in Lethbridge, Alta., was suspended last week for dealing Pepsi to fellow students out of his locker. Keenan Shaw was suspended for two days by Winston Churchill high school for selling the soft drink to students, violating a school policy that only permits diet pop on the premises. Shaw says he was told the sales violated the nutrition and marketing policies, and that he was operating a business without a licence. But compared with what some other students sell at the southern Alberta school, Shaw says, his transgressions were minor. "I'm not going to name any...
  • Fed court lays ground rules in immigrant court case

    09/01/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT · by GilGil
    Themonitor.com ^ | 08/31/2014 | Emma Perez-Trevino
    She also alleges that some immigrants who have entered the country illegally pose a threat to national security and safety. In her court filings, Taitz referred to an order Hanen entered in December 2013 in an unrelated case, United States of America vs. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, who was convicted of attempting to smuggle a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador. Court records show that the girl’s mother Salmeron Santos, an immigrant illegally in the country, admitted that she had hired smugglers to transfer her child from El Salvador to Virginia and paid a $6,000 advance for the service. DHS delivered the...
  • TEXAS BORDER BUST: CASH, WEAPONS AND GRENADES SEIZED

    08/24/2014 1:24:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 24, 2014 | by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    MCALLEN, Texas — Border Patrol agents seized more than $650,000 in cash that had been left behind near the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico. The seizure was made Thursday night when U.S. Border Patrol Agents following a set of footprints near Sullivan City ended up coming across four backpacks filled with bulk cash and a little more than a kilo of cocaine, an agency news release shows. Inside the four backpacks the agents ended up finding a mixture of dollars and pesos that added up to $650,000 as well as the cocaine which had a value of...
  • 173 unaccompanied immigrant children placed in Minnesota; 50 in Wisconsin

    07/26/2014 6:47:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-24-14 | Administration Propaganda
    The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement on Thursday issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. The specific locations of the placements were not specified. Fifty have been placed in Wisconsin. Texas, New York, Florida and California are receiving the most unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border, according to the information. Federal and state governments are scrambling to find shelter for the children fleeing...
  • Federal jury convicts Minnesota man of smuggling guns to Nigeria

    06/18/2014 3:40:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/18/14 | AP
    A federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man of smuggling arms to Nigeria and lying on firearms purchase records. Fifty-one-year-old Sheriff Olaleran Mohammed was convicted of one count of smuggling goods from the U.S. and 17 counts of providing false statements while purchasing a firearm.
  • Reynolds American-Sponsored Website Looks at 'New Tobacco Road'

    06/03/2014 10:13:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    CSPnet.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | CSPnet.com
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Cigarette smuggling costs states an estimated $5.5 billion annually. Much of that traffic takes place on the East Coast along Interstate 95, as cigarettes from lower-tax states are being smuggled to states with higher taxes in the Northeast. A new website, sponsored by RAI Services Co., a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., calls the I-95 corridor "The New Tobacco Road."The website draws attention to the problem to encourage states to pass stiffer penalties for smuggling and devote more resources to enforcement.The website, www.thenewtobaccoroad.com, shows how I-95 has become a key transit route for cigarette smuggling from southern...
  • Exclusive: Obama Contracting With Taliban Heroin Smugglers in Afghanistan

    05/05/2014 11:18:41 AM PDT · by Randall_S
    TCS News ^ | May 4, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Government IT projects have a tendency to fall on their rear ends more often than not. After the miserable debacle that was Healthcare.gov last October, I made the case for why the larger than life public face of Obamacare had zero chance of succeeding in original form. Fast forward six months, and after some contractor firings and a public about face consisting of a "tech surge", the website is finally working at nominal levels. That's not to say no one didn't take the fall for the mess of this bungled IT project gone haywire. The former head honcho of the...
  • Report: 57% of Cigarettes Sold in New York Are Smuggled

    03/21/2014 7:00:51 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 57 replies
    Time ^ | 03-19-2014 | Denver Nicks
    A majority of the cigarettes for sale in New York are illegally smuggled into the state, according to a report out Wednesday from the conservative research group the Tax Foundation. According to the report, 56.9% of the cigarettes sold in New York—the highest importer of smuggled cigarettes—originated from out of state. Since 2006, cigarette smuggling in the state has risen sharply, by 59%, in tandem with a massive hike in cigarette taxes of 190%. New York state now has the highest cigarette taxes in the country, at $4.35 a pack. Residents of NYC must also pay an extra $1.50 per...
  • Officials find more than 100 people in Houston house in suspected human smuggling operation

    03/20/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/19/2014 | Fox News
    A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The suspected stash house was found during a search for a 24-year-old woman and her two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, that were reported missing by relatives late Tuesday after a man failed to meet them as planned at an undisclosed location on the city's north side, said John Cannon, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department. Many of the people in home that authorities said appeared to be part of...
  • More Than 100 Illegals Found in Houston Stash House

    03/19/2014 3:54:00 PM PDT · by CARTOUCHE · 42 replies
    KHOU-TV ^ | Mar 19, 2014
    More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants were found in an apparent stash house in south Houston on Wednesday, police say. Officers say the immigrants were held against their will in deplorable conditions. snip...one toilet, no ho hot water and human waste everywhere.
  • Rare Iguanas Stuffed in Socks Seized at Heathrow Airport

    02/08/2014 10:56:35 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Smugglers stuffed 13 ‘incredibly rare’ iguanas into socks and tried to take them through Heathrow Airport. The endangered lizards were found by customs officers in a suitcase at Terminal Five when they stopped two Romanian women who arrived from the Bahamas. They were trying to take the San Salvador rock iguanas, which are native to the Bahamas and under threat of extinction, on to Dusseldorf in Germany. Each was wrapped in a sock and 12 survived the journey, while one died. Rare iguanas stuffed in socks seized at Heathrow Airport The iguanas were smuggled inside one suitcase (Picture: PA) Grant...
  • Federal Courts: Obama Partnership With Drug Cartels Deeper Than Weapons

    12/22/2013 9:31:53 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | December 22, 2013 | Brandon Walker
    Presented in a Federal Judge’s court ruling is an insight we have never seen in Federal Courts. It seems very prominent that Obama’s partnership with drug cartels go way beyond the weapons we knew about! A federal court in Texas has issued a formal opinion on the court case United States of America v. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez. The judge, Andrew Hanen, presented his opinion from the case that threw open the doors to watch the travesty of justice that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the shear lawlessness of the Obama Administration. This goes way beyond the Fast and...
  • Texas Lt. Governor: We Shut Down the Border Ourselves

    12/07/2013 3:18:06 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/7/13 | Brandon Darby
    Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led three-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border. The Lt. Governor spoke with me in an interview for Breitbart News; he stated: “In the Rio Grande Valley sector, nearly nothing moved in those three weeks. We shut it down. We had teams of Texas law enforcement in the brush, high altitude aircraft, gun boats, and more," he explained. “Our intel revealed that the Gulf cartel was growing frustrated with our three-week effort.” “The border issue...
  • Jamaican authorities seize 3,300 warheads

    11/30/2013 4:12:44 AM PST · by GregNH · 88 replies
    FoxNY ^ | 11/296/13 | Unknown
    <p>KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets.</p> <p>Deputy Police Superintendent Steve Brown said Friday that custom officials discovered the weapons late Thursday aboard a ship at Kingston Wharf.</p>
  • Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt accused in cocaine smuggling ring, appears in Australian court

    11/17/2013 4:04:17 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 33 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | November 15, 2013 | AP
    <p>SYDNEY, Australia — Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt was extradited from Los Angeles to Sydney on Friday to face cocaine conspiracy charges.</p> <p>The 45-year-old actress and Playmate of the Month for October 1987 appeared in a Sydney court after her arrival Friday morning on a flight from the United States.</p>
  • TSA Agent Arrested for Smuggling Illegal Aliens

    09/14/2013 5:54:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent was arrested Friday for conspiring to smuggle illegal aliens into the country.Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers arrested David Alexander Díaz-Torres in Orlando, Fla., according to the Justice Department.Díaz-Torres and five others were charged in a 13-count indictment for bringing, transporting, harboring, and shielding illegal aliens within the United States.According to a Justice Department press release, a group of Brazilian nationals were smuggled through the Luis Muńoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Díaz-Torres allegedly allowed the Brazilians through a TSA security checkpoint without questioning them.The group then flew to New York, Boston, and...
  • Number of Teens Who Smuggle Illegal Immigrants Across Border Is On the Rise

    08/10/2013 2:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Doing the Work Americans Won’t Do– Authorities now believe teens who smuggle illegal immigrants across the border is on the rise.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Valley Central reported: Authorities in Hidalgo County are battling a rise in teens who smuggle humans. A repeat offender was back in juvenile court facing several charges. Authorities believe a 15-year-old human smuggler has smuggled immigrants into the country more than once and has been deported twice. Hidalgo County authorities said coyotes use their age to get them in and out of the system, making them a threat to the community. Human smugglers are now turning to teens to do...
  • Teens smuggling humans across the border on the rise

    08/10/2013 7:36:21 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    valleycentral. ^ | 08.09.2013 | Nadia Galindo
    Authorities in Hidalgo County are battling a rise in teens who smuggle humans. A repeat offender was back in juvenile court facing several charges. Authorities believe a 15-year-old human smuggler has smuggled immigrants into the country more than once and has been deported twice. Hidalgo County authorities said coyotes use their age to get them in and out of the system, making them a threat to the community. Human smugglers are now turning to teens to do their dirty work. "If the federal government can’t touch them, then what do they have to lose?" Because of their age, teen smugglers...
  • CIA 'running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked'

    08/02/2013 6:57:16 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/2/2013 | Damien McElroy
    The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year, according to reports. Up to 35 CIA operatives were working in the city during the attack last September on the US consulate that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, according to CNN.
  • Vatican accountant under arrest after €20M cash smuggling attempt

    06/28/2013 7:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/28/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Pope Francis pledged to reform the Curia and resolve the cloud over the Institute for Religious Works (IOR in Italian), commonly known as the Vatican Bank. Earlier this week, the pontiff appointed a five-member commission to delve deeply into the IOR’s operations, but Italian authorities pressed on with their own investigations. Earlier today, they arrested a suspended accountant from a Vatican financial group after he tried to smuggle €20 million ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland: A Vatican official already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank was arrested Friday in a separate operation: Prosecutors allege...
  • The adventures of a Libyan weapons dealer in Syria

    06/21/2013 6:12:40 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:06pm BST | Jessica Donati, Ghaith Shennib and Firas Bosalum
    (Reuters) - Abdul Basit Haroun says he is behind some of the biggest shipments of weapons from Libya to Syria, which he delivers on chartered flights to neighbouring countries and then smuggles over the border. After fleeing Libya in his 20s, Haroun established himself as a property developer in Manchester. After about two decades in the British city, he returned to Libya in 2011 to fight in the revolution, where he became a prominent rebel commander. ... Haroun's associate, who also runs a relief organisation, said that about 28 tonnes of weapons had been delivered by air so far. "We...
  • China Downgraded to Lowest Human Trafficking Ranking

    06/20/2013 11:33:20 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | June 19, 2013 | Parameswaran Ponnudurai
    China was downgraded Wednesday to the lowest ranking in an annual U.S. survey of human trafficking across the globe, raising the prospect of rare sanctions from Washington. The U.S. State Department said China together with Russia and Uzbekistan have been dumped to the Tier-3 blacklist of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report after languishing on Tier-2 Watch List, the second lowest rank, for nearly a decade. They join the other countries that have been on the blacklist for years—North Korea, Syria, Zimbabwe, and Iran. In downgrading China, the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons cited an...
  • Woman sentenced ( Probation) for transporting undocumented immigrants

    05/19/2013 12:44:17 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    A Honduran woman with legal immigrant status was sentenced to two years probation Friday in Baton Rouge federal court after admitting that she illegally transported minivan loads of undocumented immigrants from Houston to Miami. Eight months of her probation must be served at a halfway house. Sonia Lisseth Suazo, 39, of Houston, could have been sentenced to as many as 14 months in prison under federal guidelines. But she begged Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson for leniency. “I don’t want to leave my daughters alone by themselves,” Suazo said through a Spanish interpreter. “They need me, as does...
  • Venezuela Holds U.S. Vessel And Crew On Suspicion Of Arms Trafficking

    09/06/2012 6:17:13 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6 Sep 2012 | Christopher Helman,
    The Venezuelan government has seized a U.S. flagged ship and detained its captain for more than a week. The ship Ocean Atlas has been at port in Maracaibo, Venezuela since August 29. After four hours in port, the ship was boarded by armed security personel, and the captain was detained on suspicion of trafficking in arms or drugs. The rest of the crew of 16 Americans has remained on board under guard. According to a well-placed source arrest warrants have been issued for all of the crewmembers, who are to be taken off the ship for questioning. Incredibly, my Forbes...
  • KFC smugglers bring buckets of chicken through Gaza tunnels

    05/16/2013 5:57:14 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/16/2013 | Ahmed Aldabba
    For six years, Rafat Shororo longed for the taste of a KFC sandwich he had eaten in Egypt. This week, he got his finger lickin' fix at home in the Gaza Strip after a local delivery company managed to smuggle it from Egypt through underground tunnels. "It has been a dream, and this company has made my dream come true," says Mr. Shororo, an accountant, as he receives his order from the delivery guy. The al-Yamama company advertises its unorthodox new fast-food smuggling service on Facebook. It gets tens of orders a week for KFC meals despite having to triple...
  • More on Eric Holder’s Flying Monkeys at Media Matters

    09/18/2012 9:51:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 17, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    For more than a year, PJ Media has been reporting on the corrupt press shop inside the Department of Justice. The unit is headed byPress Harpy Tracy Schmaler. We broke a story in July about this relationship after a PJ Media public records request revealed communications between Media Matters’ Matt Gertz and Schmaler about Fast and Furious. (More on the corrupt DOJ press shop: “ Tracy Schmaler’s (and Eric Holder’s) Trip to the Tropics ,” “ DOJ Leaks to TPM Muckraker Florida Will Be Sued Over Voter Rolls ,” “Tracy Schmaler – DOJ Shrieker in Chief.“) Tracy Schmaler Today,...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1908.aspx Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • Vietnam police seize 53 king cobras from car

    04/22/2013 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-22-2013 | Author unknown
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police say they have seized 53 king cobras from a car in Hanoi and arrested the driver. Officer Dang Van Hanh said Monday the live snakes were taken to a wildlife rescue center near the capital where they treated before being released into the wild.