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Border Tunnels Left Unfilled On Mexican Side Pose Security Risk, Officials Say – LA Times

Border Tunnels Left Unfilled On Mexican Side Pose Security Risk, Officials Say – LA Times

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At least six previously discovered border tunnels have been reactivated by Mexican drug trafficking groups in recent years, exposing a recurring large-scale smuggling threat, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials. The breaches of border defenses, most recently in December, occur because Mexican authorities, unlike those on the American side, do not fill the tunnels with concrete once they have been discovered. Mexican authorities say they lack the funds. Instead, only the tunnel openings are sealed. That allows traffickers to simply dig a new entry point to access the largely intact subterranean passageways leading to the U.S. border.     The security lapse is a boon for traffickers, experts say, saving them time and money and reducing their risk of being...
Border Patrol Discovers Narcotics Hidden in Truck’s Spare Tire

Border Patrol Discovers Narcotics Hidden in Truck’s Spare Tire

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SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents from the Indio Station assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested two people suspected of smuggling drugs inside a truck’s spare tire on Tuesday. The incident occurred at approximately 7:17 p.m., when the driver, a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman passenger approached the Border Patrol checkpoint in a white 2012 Chevrolet Silverado. During the pre-primary inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the vehicle to secondary for further inspection. Agents conducted a thorough examination of the vehicle and discovered 12 packages hidden in the truck’s spare tire. Nine of the packages tested positive for cocaine and the other three packages tested positive for methamphetam
Three Former Traders for Major Banks Indicted in Foreign Currency Exchange Antitrust Conspiracy

Three Former Traders for Major Banks Indicted in Foreign Currency Exchange Antitrust Conspiracy

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A federal grand jury returned an indictment against three former traders of major banks for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the foreign currency exchange (FX) spot market, the Justice Department announced today. The one-count indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charges Richard Usher (former Head of G11 FX Trading-UK at an affiliate of The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, as well as former Managing Director at an affiliate of JPMorgan Chase & Co.), Rohan Ramchandani (former Managing Director and head of G10 FX spot trading at an affiliate of Citicorp) and Christopher Ashton (former Head of Spot FX at an affiliate of Barclays PLC) with conspiring to fix prices and rig bids for...
U.S. Nuclear Engineer Pleads Guilty to Espionage

U.S. Nuclear Engineer Pleads Guilty to Espionage

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Szuhsiung Ho, aka Allen Ho, 66, a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully engage or participate in the production or development of special nuclear material outside the U.S., without the required authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in violation of the Atomic Energy Act. Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord and U.S. Attorney Nancy Stallard Harr of the Eastern District of Tennessee made the announcement. In April 2016, a federal grand jury issued a two-count indictment against Ho; China General Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC), the largest nuclear power company in China, and Energy Technology International (ETI), a Delaware corporation.  At the time of the indictment Ho was a nuclear engineer, employed as a
Orlando police officer shot, manhunt underway 

Orlando police officer shot, manhunt underway 

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An Orlando police officer was shot Monday morning near the Walmart on Princeton Street and the shooter is at large, police said.The shooting was reported around 7:15 a.m., prompting a massive police response to the area of Princeton Street and John Young Parkway.Police confirmed via Twitter that an officer was shot. No further details were released.The injured officer was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The officer’s condition was not immediately available.A large police presence on Pine Hills Road and Clarcona Ocoee Road is believed to be connected to the shooting near Walmart.Orlando police are asking people to avoid Princeton Street and John Young Parkway. https://twitter.com/SeanWFTS/status/818447304969621504 https://twitter.com/deerodriguez/status/818445818516688897
Smuggler Flees Checkpoint, Crashes into Ditch

Smuggler Flees Checkpoint, Crashes into Ditch

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Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the I-19 immigration checkpoint near Tubac, Arizona, arrested a 51-year-old Tucson man on Jan. 3 after he fled the checkpoint and later crashed his vehicle into a ditch. Agents initially referred the driver for a secondary inspection of his Mercedes sedan after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. Instead, the driver sped away. An agent pursuing the suspect saw the vehicle exit the interstate and head south on East Frontage Road. The agent followed and later found the vehicle driverless and in a ditch. A search of the area turned up the driver approximately 300 yards from the crash site. Agents also searched the Mercedes and found 34 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $17,000. Agents seized the marijuana and Mercedes f...
Columbus, Ohio woman sentenced for transporting $500,000 worth of stolen items across state lines

Columbus, Ohio woman sentenced for transporting $500,000 worth of stolen items across state lines

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Kasie A. Morgan, 24, of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced to 35 months in federal court today for transporting stolen goods across state lines, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced. Morgan conspired to steal smart phones, tablets, head phones, game stations, and computers from Walmart, Target, and Meijer stores in eight different states, including West Virginia and Ohio. The value of the stolen goods are estimated to be in excess of $500,000. She pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Transport Stolen Goods in Interstate Commerce” in October 2016. Source: Columbus, Ohio woman sentenced for transporting stolen items across state lines | USAO-NDWV | Department of Justice
North Royalton woman charged with stealing $2 million from Catholic Charities 

North Royalton woman charged with stealing $2 million from Catholic Charities 

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  A North Royalton woman was charged in federal court for embezzling approximately $2 million from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cleveland, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office. Michelle Medrick, 58, was charged via criminal information with bank fraud. The information alleges that Medrick embezzled approximately $2 million from Catholic Charities in a scheme to defraud Fifth Third Bank and to obtain money under the custody and control of Fifth Third Bank by means of false and fraudulent pretenses and representations from in or around 2008 to March 2016. At various times, Medrick was employed as the Comptroller and the Business Manager of Catholic Chariti