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  • Busted: ‘soybean oil’ shipment to Gaza was actually rocket fuel

    11/16/2015 10:41:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 11/16/2015, 4:36 PM | Kobi Finkler
    The security guards of the Defense Ministry's Transfer Authority and the Civil Administration's David division stopped a truck traveling from Hevron to Gaza at the Turkarmiya checkpoint Monday, after it noted it was shipping soybean oil. [...] The shipment was sent to a lab for testing, where it became clear the "soybean oil" was TDI - turbocharged direct injection - material, the fuel primarily used for rockets and diesel engines. ...
  • How do you smuggle 48,000 cans of Heineken into Saudi Arabia? Disguise it as Pepsi.

    11/12/2015 7:46:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    <p>Legally, alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia. In reality, however, there are people in the country who drink.</p> <p>If you're wondering how exactly they actually get that alcohol, consider the multiple reports in the Saudi press today that describe how the Saudi authorities at border with United Arab Emirates caught a man with 48,000 cans of Heineken – all disguised as Pepsi cola.</p>
  • Egyptian flooding drowns Gaza’s tunnel business

    11/04/2015 12:52:25 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 12 replies
    One America News Network ^ | November 4, 2015 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    Egypt's pumping of salt water from the nearby Mediterranean into the tunnels is not only creating a mess as it rises to the surface. Palestinian officials say it is also contaminating water supplies as well as threatening to wreck farmland and spread disease. Local residents say that at the peak of the tunnel business, after Hamas Islamists seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 and Israel tightened a closure of its crossings into the enclave, nearly 2,500 underground passages snaked under the border with Egypt. The direction of traffic was mainly into Gaza. Commercial goods - and weapons smuggled in separate...
  • POLICE BODY-CAM: Captures Moment DOZENS of Illegals Were Being Smuggled into Texas

    10/10/2015 8:26:51 PM PDT · by 100American · 8 replies
    Girls Just Wanna have guns ^ | Posted on October 10, 2015
    All content is in video God Bless
  • Watauga Man Accused of Smuggling People Into Texas for Profit By

    10/08/2015 8:33:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Frank Heinz
    A Watauga man has been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants into Texas for financial gain, according to the Department of Justice. On Sept. 18, deputies with the Frio County Sheriff's Department and agents with the U.S. Border Patrol responded to a 911 call from someone who said they saw several people exiting a tractor-trailer parked at a convenience store in Frio County, southwest of San Antonio. When authorities arrived, they found 39 undocumented immigrants, including 28 men, seven women and four children, from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, officials said. "We see hands sticking...
  • Undercover FBI agent was removed from Leland Yee case (Democratic's shoulder fired missiles)

    08/14/2014 6:39:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 8/15/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** As early as November 2012, an FBI wiretap request noted that the investigation teams leader had concerns about the agent. But according to the filing, an FBI review has not resulted in any formal findings or determinations regarding the credibility of [the agent]. In early 2013, according to the filing, the agent was no longer involved in the case, but there is no clear explanation as to why. Still, the filing said there was a series of outrageous behavior on the part of the agent that might explain why he was removed. That behavior included arranging $20,000 or more...
  • Ambassador who sided with Muslim Brotherhood spearheads State Departments anti-ISIS effort

    09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    John Kerry has assembled a three-person team to lead the State Departments efforts against ISIS. Two of the members Gen. John Allen and Brett McGurk seem unobjectionable. The third, Anne Patterson, is another matter. In announcing her central role, Kerry praised Patterson as one of our nations top diplomats deeply respected in the region. But Patterson is not respected in Egypt, where she served as ambassador during the period when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power. Bridget Johnson at PJ Media reminds us that Patterson stood firmly behind the Brotherhood as it persecuted opponents and attempted to consolidate...
  • Weapons found inside U.N. vehicles on ship in Kenya: vessel owner

    09/23/2015 1:33:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 23,2015 | Jospeh Akwiri
    Kenyan police said security agents on Thursday discovered firearms and drugs on the Norwegian-flagged Hoegh Transporter, which is docked at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. Coastguards and navies in East Africa have struggled to stem the flow of drugs through their waters as the region has become a key export route for Afghan heroin destined for Europe. Hoegh Autoliners confirmed weapons were found inside some of the vehicles on its vessel, which was carrying a consignment from Mumbai to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO. ... "The weapons were not declared to us at...
  • Smuggled Seahorses Destined for Dinner Table Seized on Costa del Sol

    09/19/2015 3:58:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Sep 2015
    It is one of the more unusual sort of contraband discovered by customs officers at Malaga airport when they conducted a routine suitcase search. Two kilos of dried seahorses were found hidden within luggage of traveller arriving from Colombia. The Civil Guard said the seahorses had been discovered within plastic bags hidden inside the suitcase of a Chinese traveller arriving at Malaga Costa del Sol airport from Cali in Columbia. "They were discovered during a manual inspection of the luggage belonging to a passenger arriving in Malaga from Cali via Amsterdam," the Civil Guard said in a statement on Friday....
  • N Korean Ship 'Linked To Israel's Strike On Syria'

    09/17/2007 12:57:00 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 490+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-17-2007 | Tim Butcher
    N Korean ship 'linked to Israel's strike on Syria' By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem Last Updated: 4:52pm BST 17/09/2007 A suspicious North Korean freighter that re-flagged itself as South Korean before off-loading an unknown cargo at the Syrian port of Tartous is at the centre of efforts today to investigate Israel's recent airstrike on Syria. Israel has not given any details on the operation in Syria An Israeli on-line data analyst, Ronen Solomon, found an internet trace for the 1,700-tonne cargo ship, Al Hamed, which showed the vessel started to off-load what Syrian officials categorised as "cement" on Sept 3....
  • Airplane Full of Illegal Immigrants Seized at Texas Border

    09/10/2015 7:02:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 9/10/15 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Federal authorities have seized a private airplane full of illegal immigrants. The aircraft was being used in an attempt to smuggle seven illegal immigrants from the Texas border into the interior U.S. to avoid immigration checkpoints. The arrests of the seven illegal immigrants and seizure of the airplane took place on Sunday morning following a routine inspection at the McAllen Miller International airport, information released by the Air and Marine branch of U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed.It was during that inspection that authorities found the illegal immigrants hiding inside a Beech King Air E90 aircraft. The airplanes pilot, a...
  • 15 Arrested in Spain for Smuggling Migrants on Jet Skis From Morocco

    09/01/2015 12:58:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Aug 2015
    Fifteen people were arrested this month in Spain for smuggling Moroccan migrants into the country on water scooters, authorities said on Saturday, terming it a "very dangerous practice." The revelation came as Europe's migrant crisis snowballed with Austrian police rescuing a group of dehydrated migrants found in a truck, days after the bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, were found in an abandoned former poultry lorry. "In August, 15 people were arrested for bringing Moroccan migrants to Spanish shores," the Guardia Civil, a paramilitary police force, said in a statement without specifying the nationality of those held. In...
  • 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 states 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 Perrys decision as expensive political theater that militarized the border and antagonized Mexico. Perrys 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. Whats...
  • 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 oneauthored by a couple9/11-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 2014s 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 thats 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 nations highest courtsocial conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorados 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 girls 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...

    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 Yorkthe highest importer of smuggled cigarettesoriginated 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 Judges court ruling is an insight we have never seen in Federal Courts. It seems very prominent that Obamas 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 Daz-Torres in Orlando, Fla., according to the Justice Department.Daz-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 Muoz Marn International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Daz-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 Wont 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...