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High-tech cargo gone with truck in Cape Coral

A tractor-trailer hauling $488,000 in computer equipment was stolen in Cape Coral after the driver stopped to rest, police said.

Authorities are continuing their search for the cargo and the large rig that disappeared the night of Jan. 1. The investigation is hampered by the fact a police report wasn’t filed until Wednesday.

Arenado Elias, owner of trucking solutions in Miami, said one of his drivers called him at 1 a.m. Jan. 2 to tell him that his older model $10,000 truck, hauling the computer equipment from Texas to Miami, had been stolen in Cape Coral.

“I was shocked,” Elias said.

He said the driver, Amaury Chinea, had driven to McAllen, Texas, to drop off a load of horticultural plants and picked up the computer equipment.  More HERE

Here is what concerns me..  According to the article:

To complicate the investigation, a report of the theft wasn’t filed with police until six days after the incident because Chinea, who doesn’t speak or write English, had to come back to Miami where Arenado said he helped him fill out the paperwork.

How did Chinea obtain a CDL and a trucking job driving in the US when FMCSA regs CLEARLY state a driver must read and understand English?  He couldn’t even fill out the necessary paperwork to report the theft.  Another question is this – why did it take him six days to check on his loaded truck?  Many truckers have to part their rigs away from home for various reasons, but if you have a loaded trailer, especially if it is high dollar cargo, you would check on it periodically, would you not?

January 9, 2009 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Police: Dallas shooting suspect had troubled past

DALLAS (AP) – Authorities in Texas and Utah say a former Utah state trooper suspected in a series of rush-hour shootings near Dallas had an addiction to painkillers, and he was wanted in connection with a recent robbery.

Dallas police think 37-year-old Brian Smith was responsible for at least one shooting death. They won’t talk about a similar killing in nearby Garland, which is out of their jurisdiction. Police say Smith fits the description of the man they were looking for.

Smith is on life support at a Dallas hospital after authorities say he shot himself in the head following a brief stand-off early yesterday.  Full story HERE

December 24, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Search continues for gunman who killed 2 in evening rush hour

Authorities continued their search today for a gunman in a pickup who fatally shot two drivers and injured a third on roads in northeast Dallas and Garland.

Police were investigating four incidents Monday after the first fatal shooting was reported about 5:40 p.m. in Garland just north of LBJ Freeway.   More Here

December 23, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , | Leave a comment

Suspicious White Powder Letters Received Around the United States

From FBI.gov

Since Monday, December 8, letters containing a note and suspicious white powder have been received by the offices of more than 40 governors across the country. Additional letters have been received at several U.S. Embassies overseas, said Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Dallas FBI.

The white powder in each of these letters has been field screened and the tests have met with negative results. The powder has been forwarded to local laboratories and testing to date has been negative for biological agents. The FBI has contacted the governors’ offices and the State Department to be on the lookout for additional letters.

Today, Mr. Casey announced the release of additional information regarding these mailings, to solicit the public’s help to identify the person or persons responsible for these crimes. Photographs of envelopes sent to governors’ offices are below. Although the photographs are of the envelopes sent to the governors of North Carolina and Connecticut, they are similar in content to all letters sent to the governors’ offices and embassies overseas.

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These envelopes have the following characteristics:

1.The postmarks reflect mailing on December 4, December 8, or December 11, 2008.

2.The postmark is either “Dallas, Texas” or “North Texas”. The “North Texas” postmark reflects the envelope was processed through the mail facility in Coppell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

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3.The return addresses used have been one of four addresses for FBI offices in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso, Texas. Names have been redacted from these addresses; the FBI is not disclosing the names at this time.

4.There is a note within the envelope. The content of that note has been the same in each mailing. Although the content of the note is not being disclosed at this time, the meaning of the message is not clear.

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Although the substance contained in the mailings is not harmful, the threatening mailings not only constitute a federal crime, but cause alarm to victims and victim institutions and expend costly resources of police, fire, and other emergency responders and state, local, and federal laboratories.

The FBI and United States Postal Inspection Service intend to vigorously investigate these crimes and arrest the person or persons responsible.

The Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these mailings.

Anyone with information on who may be sending these letters is requested to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324), the Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455, or local law enforcement. If you receive a letter, please notify the FBI and your local authorities. Information on how to handle a suspicious package can be found on http://www.fbi.gov.

December 19, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Homeland Security | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Suspicious White Powder Letters Received Around the United States

From FBI.gov

Since Monday, December 8, letters containing a note and suspicious white powder have been received by the offices of more than 40 governors across the country. Additional letters have been received at several U.S. Embassies overseas, said Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Dallas FBI.

The white powder in each of these letters has been field screened and the tests have met with negative results. The powder has been forwarded to local laboratories for further testing. The FBI has contacted the governors’ offices and State Department to be on the lookout for additional letters.

To date, all letters have been postmarked from Texas. These letters are all similar in nature.

Sending a hoax letter is serious and can have severe consequences. This is a great drain on each city’s response teams.

This investigation is being conducted by the Dallas office of the FBI and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).

Anyone with information on who may be sending these letters is requested to contact the FBI, USPIS, or local law enforcement.

If you receive a letter, please notify the FBI and your local authorities. Information on how to handle a suspicious package can be found on www.fbi.gov

December 17, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Homeland Security | , , , | 1 Comment

Pilgrim’s Pride files Chapter 11

Chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming a deep economic downturn brought on by high feed costs, an oversupply of chicken and softening consumer demand. Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a company to continue operations while it reorganizes its business affairs.

Pittsburg, Texas-based Pilgrim’s Pride has a number of producer operations in Arkansas, from farmers to processing plants in El Dorado and Clinton, where layoffs and closings have been announced. It has processing operations in Batesville and De Queen, and a large feed mill operation near Atkins. Pilgrim’s Pride also has an administrative office in Bentonville.

In conjunction with the bankruptcy filing, Pilgrim’s Pride is seeking approval to enter into a $450 million debtor-in-possession financing facility arranged by Bank of Montreal as lead agent.  From the Arkansas News Bureau

December 9, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , , , | Leave a comment

N.J. police seize $11 million in crystal meth

Largest cache in Northeast shows the drug is spreading, authorities say

By Joe Ryan
The Star-Ledger

NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities yesterday said they seized an $11 million shipment of crystal methamphetamine that was intercepted in West Paterson and lends evidence, they say, that the highly addictive drug is taking hold in New Jersey.

 

The drug, sometimes called Ice, has long been a scourge on the West Coast, particularly in rural areas. But it has swept slowly east, finding its way into urban nightclubs and onto street corners, authorities said.

“We are finally starting to see it seep into the East Coast,” said Gerard McAleer, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division.

The 165-pound cache – the largest ever seized in the Northeast – was captured Monday, when members of a DEA task force pulled over a refrigerated tractor-trailer heading east on Route 80. The light-blue crystallized substance was packed into Tupperwarelike containers, wrapped in black duct tape and tucked between crates of limes, authorities said.

Investigators suspect the shipment came from massive drug labs in Mexico. They declined to say where it was going.  Full story here

The article further states that authorities believe Olguin is a US citizen and suspect that he is a member of a Mexican drug organization.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, trucking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Attention North Texas Gun Owners!

An important announcement from our friends at TexasFred.net:

We’re inviting local all Dallas-area gun owners to join us on Saturday, December 6th.

We’re going to get together, get to know each other, get some chow in our bellies and get to enjoying some of our favorite toys while exercising some of our favorite constitutional rights. (Please note: range fees are on each individual.)

Please JOIN US and please HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

We’ll be there from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Feel free to come by whenever you like between those hours.

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Targetmaster
Street: 1717 S. Jupiter Road
City/Town: Garland, TX

Hope all our North Texas readers will have an opportunity to join the gathering!  I can think of no better way to spend an afternoon than good food, friends and shooting stuff….

November 30, 2008 Posted by | Homeland Security, Misc., trucking | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Barrio Azteca Trial and the Prison Gang-Cartel Interface

From Stratfor.com

By Fred Burton and Ben West

On Nov. 3, a U.S. District Court in El Paso, Texas, began hearing a case concerning members of a criminal enterprise that calls itself Barrio Azteca (BA). The group members face charges including drug trafficking and distribution, extortion, money laundering and murder. The six defendants include the organization’s three bosses, Benjamin Alvarez, Manuel Cardoza and Carlos Perea; a sergeant in the group, Said Francisco Herrera; a lieutenant, Eugene Mona; and an associate, Arturo Enriquez.

The proceedings represent the first major trial involving BA, which operates in El Paso and West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The testimony is revealing much about how this El Paso-based prison gang operates, and how it interfaces with Mexican drug cartel allies that supply its drugs.

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, Homeland Security | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wal-Mart truck used to smuggle immigrants

McALLEN, Texas (AP) – Four illegal immigrants were found in the back of a Wal-Mart truck, and the driver and two alleged accomplices were accused of trying to smuggle them through a Border Patrol checkpoint.Authorities acting on a tip arrested driver Alejandro Hernandez and two other suspects Thursday just south of a checkpoint at Falfurrias, authorities said. The four Mexican nationals in the trailer were also taken into custody.

Documents filed in federal court Monday allege that Hernandez, 50, unloaded a delivery at a Wal-Mart in McAllen, then stopped at a truck stop in nearby Edinburg where he picked up the four immigrants.

Authorities said Leonor Gomez, 29, and her mother, Santos Gomez Moreno, had brought the immigrants to that meeting point in their van.   More from Breitbart.com

November 18, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, trucking | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment