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  • DOJ whistleblower admits to seeking job with House Democrats during Trump impeachment

    06/24/2020 10:59:01 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24 2020 | Thomas Barrabi
    Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., had a testy exchange Wednesday with a Justice Department whistleblower who admitted during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that he sought to work House Democrats during the Trump impeachment proceedings. John Elias, a senior career official in the Justice Department’s antitrust division, is one of two whistleblowers who testified before the Democrat-led committee on alleged politically-motivated overreach by Attorney General William Barr and other appointees. During his testimony, Elias accused his supervisors of improperly investigating mergers involving cannabis companies because of a “personal dislike of the industry.” Collins questioned Elias on his own political background, asking...
  • Wuhan’s Other Epidemic

    05/12/2020 2:50:29 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | May 12, 2020 | Christopher F. Rufo
    ...Over the past decade, Wuhan has emerged as the global headquarters for fentanyl production. The city’s chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers hide production of the drug within their larger, licit manufacturing operations, then ship it abroad using deliberately mislabeled packaging, concealment techniques, and a complex network of forwarding addresses. According to a recent ABC News report, “huge amounts of these mail-order [fentanyl] components can be traced to a single, state-subsidized company in Wuhan.” Earlier this year, when Wuhan went into lockdown due to the coronavirus, North America’s illegal drug market went into panic mode. Drug cartels in Mexico forecasted a massive...
  • Remarks by President Trump and President Moreno of the Republic of Ecuador Before Bilateral Meeting

    02/13/2020 9:35:21 AM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | February 12, 2020 | White House
    Oval Office2:42 P.M. ESTPRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s great to be with the President of Ecuador — and it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world — and perhaps equally as important, and maybe even more importantly, your great First Lady.  Thank you very much for being here.  This is a tremendous honor.  Some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and one of the most beautiful places on Earth, they say.  I’ve heard that for a long time.And we are working on trade deals, we’re working on military options, including the purchase of...
  • Maduro's top confidant tried to sneak Hezbollah into Venezuela, made deals with drug lords...

    05/04/2019 11:36:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/04/19 | Lukas Mikelionis
    Venezuela’s ex-vice president and now the top confidant of Nicolas Maduro is said to have tried sneaking in Hezbollah militants into his country, made a business deal with a drug lord and became extremely wealthy as the once-rich country turned into an economic basket case. Tareck El Aissami has emerged as a hardliner of Maduro’s socialist regime as the country remains on the brink of an all-out civil war due to economic misery. **SNIP** But El Aissami, while not having the same scrutiny as Maduro, has long been the subject of various investigations both at home and in the U.S....
  • ‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

    04/19/2020 12:41:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2020 | By JIM MUSTIAN and JAKE BLEIBERG
    NEW YORK - Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl. One of the main suppliers that shut down is in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak. Associated Press interviews with nearly two dozen law enforcement officials and trafficking experts found Mexican and Colombian cartels are still plying their trade as evidenced by recent drug seizures but the lockdowns that have turned cities into ghost towns are disrupting everything from...
  • Live: Trump, Coronavirus Task Force hold press briefing

    04/01/2020 2:06:21 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 199 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/1/2020 | Fox News
    President Trump joins the Coronavirus Task Force to provide updates.
  • Trump Launches Massive All Out Military Offensive On Drug Cartels

    04/01/2020 4:16:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 04/01/20 | Ryan Saavedra
    President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the administration was launching an all out assault on Mexican drug cartels using the U.S. Military.  “As governments and nations focus on the Coronavirus, there is a growing threat that cartels, criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain and we must not let that happen,” Trump said. “We will never let that happen. Today the United States is launching enhanced counter narcotics operations in the western hemisphere to protect the American people from the deadly scourge of illegal narcotics.”“We must not let the drug...
  • Mexico Shuts Down Drug Cartel’s Ranch, Complete With Gators and Lions

    03/23/2020 1:40:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | Paula Froelich VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE GET AUTHOR RSS FEED March 21, 2020 | Paula Froelich VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE GET AUTHOR RSS FEED March 21, 2020
    Mexico has shut down the operations hub of the country’s most powerful drug families — a remote ranch with a lake full of gators and lions on the prowl. The Monte Rico compound, in the state of Veracruz, was registered to brothers Jacinto and Alberto Rodríguez of the infamous the Los Pińas Cartel. The twosome turned their land into a place where they tortured their rivals, officials said.
  • ‘Just The Beginning’: Trump Strikes Notorious Mexican Drug Cartel, 600+ Arrests Made

    03/14/2020 8:20:47 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | 03/11/20 | Ryan Saavedra
    The Trump administration announced on Wednesday the results from a massive federal operation targeting the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), which is one of the most notorious drug cartels in Mexico. The Justice Department (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) revealed that over 600 arrests had been made as a result of Project Python, which started late last year. “Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately destroy CJNG,” Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division said during a press conference. “When President...
  • DEA-Led Operation Nets More Than 600 Arrests Targeting Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación

    03/11/2020 8:12:57 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | 3/11/20 | DOJ
    The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced the results of Project Python, a DEA-led interagency operation encompassing all global investigations and related disruption activities targeting the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).This announcement marks the successful conclusion of six months of investigative and enforcement activity targeting CJNG, culminating in large scale arrests throughout the country within the past week.  Project Python has resulted more than 600 arrests, 350 indictments, as well as significant seizures of money and drugs.“Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign to disrupt, dismantle,...
  • At US border, locals push back against Donald Trump's wall [AZ libs]

    02/23/2020 9:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.22.2020 | Cai Nebe
    It’s midday in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. As the sun beats down, saguaro cacti throw little shade over this part of the Sonoran Desert, where summer temperatures regularly top 37°C (99°F). Today though a very narrow segment of the park is getting a little more shade. It’s accompanied by the incessant whine of construction vehicles. President Donald Trump’s major campaign promise is taking shape — a rusty, nine-meter tall mix of concrete and steel. As of January 31, 185 kilometers (115 miles) of new wall had been built, according to the US Customs and Border Protection Agency. Depending on...
  • Webb County Sheriff's Office: Do not cross the border at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico

    01/01/2020 6:48:18 PM PST · by sockmonkey · 21 replies ^ | :8:24 PM CST January 1, 2020 | KIII Staff, Jared Cruz-Aedo
    Laredo TX- The Webb County Sheriff's Office put a warning out on social media Wednesday night to not cross the border at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico. According to Sheriff Martin Cuellar, they have information that an intensive shooting took place between cartel members and Tamaulipas State Police. Cuellar says as of 6:38 p.m.; the shootings have been going on for hours. The shootings are taking place around Cesar Lopez De Lara Avenue, Paseo Colon, Venezuela, and Guatemala Streets, and the Villarreal Hotel. The Sheriff's Office asks that you avoid the areas and not cross over to Nuevo Laredo. According to...
  • Saudi envoy murder plot suspect pleads not guilty

    10/24/2011 8:28:07 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 1 replies
    ChicagoTribune ^ | October 24th 2011 | Reuters Staff
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Iranian-American man who U.S. officials say has links to Iran's security forces pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday to plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington in a bomb attack. , 56, who was arrested on September 29 in New York, faces several charges including conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism. Another man, Gholam Shakuri, was also charged in the plot but is believed to still be in Iran. U.S. officials said he is a...
  • Mexican official with suspected cartel ties arrested in connection to Mormon family Massacre

    12/28/2019 8:10:31 AM PST · by ptsal · 15 replies
    SaraCarter ^ | 12-27-2019 | Jennie Taer
    A Mexican official overseeing security in Chihuahua, Mexico was arrested Tuesday in connection to a massacre that left three American women and six children dead last month, according to the New York Post. The group found itself ambushed by cartels as they were making their way through Sonora, Mexico to visit family in the United States. Fidel Alejandro Villegas Villegas, the Director of Public Safety in Janos, was arrested by the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation (Seido) for his suspected connection to Juarez drug cartel, according to the Herald of Chihuahua.
  • Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit

    12/18/2019 2:11:57 PM PST · by ransomnote · 36 replies ^ | 12/18/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit The Operation Will Surge Federal Law Enforcement Resources into Seven of America’s Most Violent Cities Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities through a surge in federal resources.Joined at a press conference in Detroit, Michigan, by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Regina Lombardo, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Uttam...
  • Police: California groom beaten to death by two wedding crashers

    12/17/2019 11:10:46 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies ^ | December 17, 2019 |
    A groom was beaten to death by two men who crashed his wedding reception, which was being held in a backyard east of Los Angeles, authorities said. Two suspects were arrested Sunday afternoon in the city of Chino, California, hours after the groom, 30-year-old Joe Steven Melgoza was found a block from the party suffering from head trauma, police said. He died at a hospital.
  • Washington state seeks to ban sale of 'assault weapons,' high capacity magazines

    12/12/2019 6:40:02 PM PST · by Farcesensitive · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 12, 2019 | Dan Whitcomb
    The state of Washington on Thursday proposed bans on the sale of "assault weapons" and high capacity magazines, part of a package of gun laws meant to address a rising wave of U.S. mass shootings. If successful, Washington would become the seventh U.S. state to ban assault weapons, which it defines as semi-automatic rifles with at least one military feature, and the ninth to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines.
  • Donald Trump Backs Down on Plan to Designate Mexican Cartels Terrorists

    12/06/2019 5:46:04 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 35 replies ^ | 12/6/19 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump decided Friday not to officially designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, deferring instead to Mexico. “We will temporarily hold off this designation and step up our joint efforts to deal decisively with these vicious and ever-growing organizations!” Trump wrote on Twitter. The president said that although he was fully prepared to take the tough step against the cartels, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador asked him not to. Trump said he liked and respected President Obrador, who has been working with him to help stop the flow of migrants crossing the Southern border of the United...
  • Ex-Central Texas cop involved in deadly no-knock raid sentenced

    12/02/2019 2:05:12 PM PST · by bgill · 31 replies
    kwtx ^ | Dec. 2, 2019 | Brandon Hamilton
    James Scott Reed, 40, died early in the morning on Feb. 27 in an exchange of gunfire with police after Killeen officers executed a no-knock search and arrest warrant at around 6 a.m. at a duplex at 215 West Hallmark Ave. SWAT officers were met by gunfire as they entered the residence, police said. During the raid, Custance, who was indicted in June, fired into the rear of the residence and then later attempted to conceal or reload the rifle magazine in order to hide the fact he fired the rounds, investigators determined. The shots didn’t hit anyone, but firing...
  • Mexico gunbattle near Texas border between suspected cartel members, police leaves at least 21 dead

    12/02/2019 10:39:58 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    FOX News ^ | 12/01/2019 | By Travis Fedschun
    Four police officers were among nearly two dozen people killed after security forces engaged in an hour-long gunbattle with suspected cartel members Saturday in a Mexican town near the U.S. border, days after President Trump said he was moving to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror organizations. The shootout happened around noon in the small town of Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state located about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas. Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme told local media that four of the dead were police officers killed in the initial confrontation and that several municipal...