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Bibi1581 Blog For 01/18/2018: Morning Edition

1………….> Escalating Violence:Vera Cruz, MX has been continuously reporting on the rapidly deteriorating civil unrest and the flaming drug war in Narco State of Mexico, and now Veracruz Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares told a press conference that the dismembered bodies of nine men were among 16 people assassinated in his province over the weekend, with 10 victims in Xalapa belonging to a gang known as Los Tigrillos, or Los Tiliches. The bodies were found in a vehicle abandoned on a busy street along with at least three threatening messages directed at high-ranking state police officials.

Intelligence reports indicate that Veracruz is the stage for a turf war between the Jalisco New Generation, Zetas and Gulf cartels.



2…………> Computer Assassin: NM

A New Mexico man named John Kelsey Gammell pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit intentional damage to a protected computer and two counts of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm, engaging in and directing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against the websites of his prior employers, business competitors and public services.
In 2017, Gammell engaged in a campaign of DDoS attacks on websites throughout the United States, in a malicious attempt to disable or interrupt service to a computer banks, usually by causing large amounts of internet traffic to be directed to the computer or website. Gammell directed DDoS attacks at a number of victims’ websites, including websites operated by companies he used to work for, companies that declined to hire him, competitors of his business, and websites for law enforcement agencies and courts, among others.




3………….> Al Qaeda Mole: New York

A German national named Christian Ganczarski, aka Abu Mohamed, aka Abu Mohamed al Amani, aka Ibrahim, aka Ibrahim the German (Ganczarski), 51, has been charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, providing and conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiring to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

“According to the superseding indictment, between 1999 and 2001, Ganczarski regularly interacted with members of al Qaeda leadership who were responsible for terrorist operations, and provided them with the knowledge and technology to carry out attacks against the U.S. military and its allies,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Boente. “This case demonstrates the National Security Division’s resolve to find and bring to justice, terrorists who target U.S. interests in any part of the world. I want to thank all of the prosecutors, agents and analysts who made this result possible.”

“Christian Ganczarski, a German national, allegedly provided critical support to the most prolific terrorists of our time,” said U.S. Attorney Berman. “Today we publicly announce charges against Ganczarski alleging that he participated in the planning of plots to kill Americans with high-level al Qaeda terrorists Khaled Shaikh Mohammad, Usama bin Laden and others. The unsealing of the indictment exemplifies this Office’s commitment to the relentless pursuit and prosecution of those who seek to harm Americans.”




4………….> Colombia Connection: Drug Boss

Colombian national named Juan Carlos Velasco Cano, 49,  was sentenced to 27 months in prison for his participation in a conspiracy and bribery scheme that resulted in the dismissal of a drug trafficking indictment filed against a Colombia-based drug kingpin Piedrahita who gave DEA agent Ciccione approximately $20,000 in cash, dinner, drinks and prostitution during an extended hotel stay in Bogota, Colombia in exchange for Ciccione using his official position to obtain the dismissal of the indictment against him.



5…………> Texas Drug Gang: Busted

Five members of a local drug trafficking organization have been ordered to federal prison following their varying convictions on drug and/or firearms charges.

Longino Castillo, 27, and Isaiah Martinez, 20, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Castillo was also convicted of possessing a machine-gun conversion device. Michael Molina, 25, Justin Ray Flores, 36, and Manuel Garcia, 31, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid. Molina further admitted to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being felon possessing a firearm.

The five defendants, all Corpus Christi residents, were sentenced to federal prison late Wednesday.



6…………> The Pineapple Train: EU

Police in Portugal and Spain said they had seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside pineapples, and arrested nine members of a gang that had transported the drug from South America, confiscating 745kg of cocaine and dismantling drug laboratories in Madrid.
Iberian Peninsula is a major entry point for cocaine and other drugs to Europe

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