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by Kaitlyn Ross
November 14, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
The story is almost unbelievable.
“This is something you would see on a Lifetime movie. Con artist cons somebody from the outside,” said private investigator Kathleen Conran.
But the details are too shocking to be scripted.
Private Investigator Jennifer Moore was busted Saturday for smuggling drugs, cigarettes and confidential court documents to an inmate at the Duval County Jail: Morris McClendon.
She met McClendon while he was in jail on a laundry list of charges, including domestic battery and car jacking.
37-year-old Moore was the private investigator on his case.
She told her ex-boss she loved him.
“She’s going to lose her entire livelihood for a career criminal,” said Conran.
Kathleen Conran owns Conran Investigations and employed Moore as a subcontractor for 4 years.
Because she works undercover, she didn’t want to show her face, but said she holds all of her employees to the highest standards.
“When I go and stick my right hand on the Bible and say ‘I do solemnly swear,’ that means something,” she said.
She fired Moore a week before her arrest for lying about a case, but still said her arrest was a shock.
“Your honor and your word is all you have. And if you once lose that, you can’t work for my company,” she said.
And in a business that relies on the truth, Moore’s arrest stings.
“You can’t control what every employee does, but still, I’m going to have to live with that tarnishment on my company’s record for a long time to come,” she said.
But longer for Moore, who could be facing a felony charge.
McClendon doesn’t have anything left to lose.
“He played her like a fiddle, and she fell right for it. And she’s lost everything for it,” she said.
by Michael Martinez
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.
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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.
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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.
By Spencer Ackerman
April 2, 2012
One legacy of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has arrived on the southern border of the United States. The Department of Homeland Security recently completed tests of a powerful camera, one that cut its teeth in the war zones, that captures video of entire miles of border in a single frame. DHS thinks mega-cameras on blimps and aerostats might be the future of border security — if its analysts can only keep up with the glut of data they’ll gather.
The system itself, a wide-area surveillance camera suite known as Kestrel, earned its stripes during the wars. That got DHS interested. “You had this imager flying that was able to archive and save imagery and reconstruct [bomb] emplacement so troops could go after [insurgents] later,” John Applebee, who manages the border camera program for DHS, tells Danger Room. “It also was used for other things every day, like troop protection or perimeter protection, just as we imagine its uses along the continental borders of the United States.”
So for a week of tests, the department mounted Logos Technologies’ Kestrel imager on a 75-foot long Raven Aerostar aerostat tethered 2000 feet above the Arizona desert. DHS reports in a statement that Kestrel helped spot “more than 100 illegal attempted entries and alleged illicit activities in progress.”
“We can see miles from this with a single image frame,” Applebee enthuses. “Within every pixel, you have high-resolution, good, detailed resolution, like high-d-caliber imagery. In every frame, across the frame.”
This is hardly the first time that wartime surveillance technology has made its way home from the battlefield. DHS flies unarmed drones above the northern and southern U.S. borders, snapping pictures. (They carry an “excellent camera system,” Applebee allows, but unlike Kestrel, “you need to know where to point it.”) Police departments nationwide have started using smaller spy drones as well. Earlier this year, DHS expressed interest in camera systems that can spy on four square miles at once, well within the range of the military’s new mega-cameras. Kestrel’s 360-degree camera suite is a step in that direction.
But the migration of those military tools comes the migration of some of the military’s problems. Specifically: the “persistent” video taken by the powerful cameras creates a fire hose of data that analysts struggle to interpret.
And if the glut of video overwhelms the military, DHS — whose annual budget is under $60 billion, an order of magnitude less than the Pentagon’s — is in deep trouble. Applebee is up front about it. “They have the people,” he says. “We do not.”
The answer, he hopes, will come from software. “We’re looking closely at the developments in the military and intelligence communities for ways the software and analysis can be automated, so can we use software tools as a tripwire to signal us and call agent to attention once [the camera observes] a movement has occurred in a given region,” Applebee says. Darpa, the Pentagon’s blue-sky researchers, for instance, are interested in something akin to a “thinking camera” that pre-sorts imagery according to an algorithm based on what an analyst hopes to find.
And perhaps after those pre-selecting imagery tools come online for the military, it won’t take long before civilian law enforcement puts them to use. Applebee certainly hopes so. He sees the wide-eyed Kestrel as a huge help for “securing large areas from illegal intrusion.” Imagine what the next generation of cameras will let him see.
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It seems every time we’ve got a handle on one synthetic drug, another version pops up.
Drug abuse experts said it’s a cycle that just won’t stop.
“I always like to remind people legal has never meant safe,” said Stephanie Siete, with Community Bridges.
Siete’s job is to educate parents about popular drugs. She’s worked with Community Bridges for 10 years, and she said these synthetic drugs are scary.
“Federally, five chemicals have been banned, but there are hundreds of chemicals you can use to produce different types of spice. So think about that,” Siete said.
Spice was probably the first designer drug we heard about. Then came bath salts, then glass cleaner.
Now there’s a new version.
“We’re hearing about something now called a Pump It Powder, which is new to the scene,” Siete said.
Pump It Powder is the latest synthetic drug. It’s marketed as “enhanced plant vitamin” and labeled “not for human consumption.” But that’s not stopping people from using it to get high.
“They can snort it, they can smoke it, they can put it in food, they can basically take it any way they want to take it,” said Kansas City, MO, police Sgt. Brad Dumit.
“They don’t know the long term, short term, internal, they don’t know those effects. Nobody does,” Siete said.
Siete said the revolving door of drugs means doctors don’t always know what they’re looking at, and the users have no clue what they’re doing to themselves.
“It’s basically taking some of our illegal street drugs, changing a few molecules and then putting them out as a new designer synthetic drugs,” she said.
For example, spice has been compared to marijuana.
This new Pump It Powder has similar effects to using methamphetamines.
Glass cleaner has been compared to methamphetamine and cocaine combined.
They might be legal, but these are very dangerous drugs.