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Concealed Carry ALERT: Arizona CCW Permit Holders No Longer Welcome in Nevada

Arizona CCW Permit Holders No Longer Welcome in Nevada

Legislative Alert
March 5, 2013

National Rifle Association of America (NRA)
National Rifle Association of America (NRA)

On February 28, the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association (NvSCA) voted unanimously to cease recognition of Arizona’s concealed weapon permits (CCW), effective immediately.

In the press release issued, NvSCA cited a Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) audit, finding that Arizona had recently made changes to their training requirements for CCW permits.  According to the NvSCA press release, “these changes created a substantially dissimilar training requirement in comparison to Nevada.”

The Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) annually reviews the CCW issuance policies of each state to determine whether or not their statutes are similar or more stringent than Nevada’s and whether or not the state has an electronic database which is accessible 24 hours a day that identifies each permit holder.

For a complete list of states with permits recognized by Nevada, please visit the DPS website.



Police in Arizona arrest 20, dismantle drug trafficking cell of Sinaloa Cartel

Police in Arizona arrest 20, dismantle drug trafficking cell of Sinaloa Cartel


by Michael Martinez
July 7,2012


Three tons of marijuana, fifty pounds of meth and over two million dollars are just some of the items confiscated during a drug cartel bust in Arizona.


Authorities in Tempe, Arizona, dismantled a drug trafficking cell associated with Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, arresting 20 people and seizing three tons of marijuana, 30 pounds of methamphetamine and $2.4 million in cash, police said.

A six-month investigation by Tempe police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency also concluded with the seizure of an airplane, 10 vehicles and 14 firearms, police said Friday.

17 arrested in Philadelphia drug case

The cartel delivered illegal drugs in Tempe and branched out to customers in New York, Alabama, California and other states, police said.

“This operation demonstrated a collaborative effort by state and federal law enforcement agencies,” Tempe Chief of Police Tom Ryff said in a statement.

The drug trafficking “stretched across the Mexico border and into Arizona and beyond,” said Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Phoenix office.

On the border: Guns, drugs — and a betrayal of trust

In small-town USA, business as usual for Mexican cartels

The Sinaloa Cartel is one of Mexico’s most powerful drug-trafficking groups, and cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera is widely known as Mexico’s most-wanted fugitive. Forbes magazine has placed him on its list of the world’s most powerful people, reporting his net worth at $1 billion as of March.


** Related Article:  The Reach of Mexico’s Drug Cartels


Direct Link:  http://articles.cnn.com/2012-07-07/justice/justice_arizona-cartel-bust_1_drug-trafficking-mexico-s-sinaloa-cartel-mexican-cartels?_s=PM:JUSTICE

Two Dozen Arrested in Global Credit Card Fraud Sting

Two Dozen Arrested in Global Credit Card Fraud Sting


Bloomberg Business Week

By Bob Van Voris & Patricia Hurtado

June 27, 2012





Two dozen people in 13 countries, including the U.S., Bosnia and Japan, were arrested in a global undercover sting operation targeting credit-card hackers said to have affected hundreds of thousands of customers.

The investigation involved computer breaches at dozens of companies and educational institutions, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. Two New York suspects caught through an undercover website set up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation were charged yesterday in Manhattan federal court.

The allegations unsealed yesterday “chronicle a breathtaking spectrum of cyber schemes and scams,” Bharara said. “Individuals sold credit cards by the thousands and took the private information of untold numbers of people,” he said.

Bharara’s office said the arrests were part of the largest- ever international enforcement action targeting online trafficking in stolen cards and financial information. They are the result of a two-year undercover operation led by the FBI.

The two New York men, Joshua Hicks and Mir Islam, were presented in federal court yesterday. Hicks, 19, who is charged with access-device fraud, was released on a $20,000 bond. Islam, 18, who is charged with access-device fraud and attempted access-device fraud, was released on a $50,000 bond.

Their lawyers declined to comment on the charges after the hearing.


‘Carder Profit’

The FBI established the website, called “Carder Profit,” in June 2010 “as an online meeting place where the FBI could locate cybercriminals, investigate and identify them and disrupt their activities,” prosecutors said in a criminal complaint unsealed yesterday.

The undercover operation prevented potential losses of more than $205 million, according to the statement from Bharara’s office. The FBI notified credit card companies of more than 411,000 compromised credit and debit cards. The agency informed 47 businesses, government entities and schools that their computer networks had been breached, according to the statement.

Hicks, who used the online name OxideDox, passed 15 stolen credit card numbers to an undercover agent in exchange for a camera and $250, according to the complaint. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Brown said in the hearing that Hicks admitted to additional computer crimes, including so-called SQL injection attacks, a technique to access customers’ financial data through a firm’s website, and infecting computers with malicious software.


Card Data

The government claims Islam, who used names including “JoshTheGod” and “Ijew,” trafficked in stolen credit card data and possessed information for more than 50,000 cards. He claimed to be a member of the hacking group UGNazi and a founder of Carders.Org, a forum for people who deal in stolen credit cards, according to the government.

In addition to Hicks and Islam, U.S. authorities arrested nine people, in California, Georgia, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts and Wisconsin, Bharara’s office said in the statement. Six people were arrested in the U.K., two in Bosnia and one each in Bulgaria, Norway, Germany, Italy and Japan. Four defendants remain at large, according to prosecutors.

Authorities in the U.S. and other countries yesterday executed more than 30 search warrants and interviewed more than 30 subjects, according to the statement.


Undercover Website

The website set up by the FBI allowed users to discuss topics relating to “carding,” or stealing credit and debit card data and other financial information to get money, services and merchandise, according to the complaint against Hicks.

The FBI monitored discussions and recorded the Internet addresses of the users’ computers, according to the complaint. The site was taken offline in May, prosecutors said in the statement.

According to the complaint, Hicks on Feb. 22 agreed to trade stolen data from the credit cards for a digital single- lens reflex camera. A FBI agent sent the money electronically to a website user who acted as an escrow agent, according to the complaint.

The FBI agent then agreed to meet OxideDox in lower Manhattan on Feb. 28 and provide the camera, according to the complaint.

Later, the agent chatted online with OxideDox, asking him if he liked the camera, according to the complaint.

“Hey, a free camera is a free camera,” OxideDox replied, according to the complaint.


The case is U.S. v. Hicks, 12-mg-1639, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).


Direct Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-06-26/u-dot-s-dot-said-to-make-arrests-in-global-bank-data-theft-operation

Beware: Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool (Without any Oversight!)

Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool

The New York Times
March 31, 2012


Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.

The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations.

With cellphones ubiquitous, the police call phone tracing a valuable weapon in emergencies like child abductions and suicide calls and investigations in drug cases and murders. One police training manual describes cellphones as “the virtual biographer of our daily activities,” providing a hunting ground for learning contacts and travels.

Read the full article at… Direct Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/us/police-tracking-of-cellphones-raises-privacy-fears.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all