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CBP Officers at Hidalgo International Bridge Seize $1.7 Million in Hard Narcotics

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two people from Lubbock, Texas after detecting $1,733,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine and heroin within the vehicle they were driving. “Our frontline officers’ persistence and perseverance in carrying out CBP’s border security mission is reflected in seizures like this,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port ...

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Former DEA Official Pleads Guilty to Elaborate $4 Million Fraud Scheme

A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) public affairs officer pleaded guilty today to defrauding at least a dozen companies of over $4.4 million by posing falsely as a covert officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to court documents, Garrison Kenneth Courtney, 44, of Tampa, Florida, falsely claimed to be a covert officer of the CIA involved in a ...

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CBP Officers Intercept Close to $1 Million in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted hard narcotics with an estimated street value of almost $1 million at Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas. “Our frontline CBP officers at the Port of Brownsville yet again affirmed their resolve to advance CBP’s border security mission and that commitment is reflected in ...

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Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Deputy Killed In Alleged Ambush By Man With A Stockpile Of Bombs

A Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy was killed and other officers were injured after a man who was stockpiling an arsenal of bombs and guns opened fire on them Saturday, according to local media reports. Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was fatally shot after officers while responding to reports of a suspicious van near Ben Lamond, California, Sheriff Jim Hart told ...

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Rioter Faces Federal Arson Charges in Connection to Nashville Courthouse Fire During Protest

A criminal complaint issued today charged Wesley Somers, 25, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives. “The Department of Justice will vindicate the First Amendment rights of all Americans to speak, assemble and seek a redress of grievances from their government,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “We cannot tolerate, however, ...

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Here’s How The DOJ Fought For Religious Freedom During The Pandemic

Governors across the United States have issued orders during the coronavirus pandemic that restrict or prohibit religious services. The Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr have fought back against such restrictions on multiple occasions. “Even in times of emergency,” Barr warned in April, federal law prohibits religious discrimination. Governors and mayors across the United States have issued orders ...

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CBP Seizes $252K of Counterfeit Currency in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI– In today’s economy a lot of items are bought and sold online, but hard currency is still used in day-to-day operations. When was the last time you took a quick glance at your money – a real hard look? Have you looked at the front and back? Have you looked for the security features? Just last year more than ...

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Hollywood Film Producer Charged with $1.7 Million COVID-Relief Fraud

A California man has been charged with allegedly filing bank loan applications fraudulently seeking more than $1.7 million dollars in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. William Sadleir, 66, of Beverly Hills, California, was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the ...

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Indianapolis CBP K9 Sniffs Out $1.5 Million Fentanyl Seizure

INDIANAPOLIS—On March 30, Indianapolis U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted approximately four-and-a-half pounds of fentanyl in a package destined to East Elmhurst, New York. The shipment was transiting through a local express consignment facility when CBP K9 Balbina alerted to the package. When officers opened the shipment they found a white styrofoam cooler lined with padded black material. The ...

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Miami Vice? $1 Million worth of cocaine seized by CBP

MIAMI – While U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) remains fully engaged in our nation’s whole-of-government response to the coronavirus pandemic, CBP officers continue to conduct their traditional enforcement missions, including narcotics interdiction. On March 18, CBP officers seized 90 pounds of cocaine they discovered aboard a coastal freighter on the Miami River. The cocaine has an estimated street value of ...

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Chinese National Sentenced for Stealing Trade Secrets Worth $1 Billion

A former associate scientist was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison in federal court today for stealing proprietary information worth more than $1 billion from his employer, a U.S. petroleum company. In November 2019, Tan pleaded guilty to theft of a trade secret, unauthorized transmission of a trade secret, and unauthorized possession of a trade secret. From June 2017 ...

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DEA Announces Launch of Operation Crystal Shield

Attorney General William Barr and Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country. While continuing to focus on stopping drugs being smuggled across the border, DEA’s Operation Crystal Shield will ramp up enforcement ...

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Former DIA Employee Pleads Guilty to Leaking Classified National Defense Information to Journalists

An employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) pleaded guilty today to charges related to his disclosure of classified national defense information (NDI) to two journalists in 2018 and 2019. “Frese violated the trust placed in him by the American people when he disclosed sensitive national security information for personal gain,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. ...

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Mexican National Arrested for Acting Within the U.S. on Behalf of Russia

Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican citizen residing in Singapore, was arrested based on a complaint charging him with acting within the United States on behalf of a foreign government (Russia), without notifying the Attorney General, and conspiracy to do the same. According to court documents, a Russian government official recruited Fuentes in 2019 and directed Fuentes to rent a ...

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NY/NJ Experiencing Stolen Vehicle Epidemic

NEWARK, NJ. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plays a major role in the battle against Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) and other innovative and constantly evolving transnational criminal networks whose collaborative efforts seek nothing but illicit financial gain and fortune.  One threat of particular concern comes from the sophisticated organizations responsible for the theft and export of stolen vehicles.  ...

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