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Former Mexican cop illegally in US is charged with trafficking enough fentanyl to kill more than 10 million people

Westlake Legal Group fentanyl Former Mexican cop illegally in US is charged with trafficking enough fentanyl to kill more than 10 million people Louis Casiano fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime/drugs fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc article 165f30a5-10f6-5fe0-91b2-6bdc8515e115

A former Mexico police officer living illegally in the United States has been charged with trafficking enough fentanyl to kill more than 10 million people, the Justice Department said Friday.

Assmir Contreras-Martinez, 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Texas, accused of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, a DOJ statement said. The synthetic opioid is often added to heroin to increase its potency.

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“Fentanyl is devastating communities across the country,” said Nealy Cox, the U.S. attorney for the Northen District of Texas. “We cannot tolerate the trafficking of this deadly drug through North Texas — especially by those who are charged with protecting our communities, foreign or domestic.”

In May, Contreras-Martinez was pulled over by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in Amarillo, who discovered 33 kilograms of white powder in his Ford Explorer.

Testing later revealed the substance to be fentanyl. The quantity was likely enough to kill more than 10 million people, according to experts with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Almost 32,000 people in the U.S. overdosed on synthetic opioids like fentanyl last year, according to recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Fentanyl is the No. 1 threat causing our opioid epidemic in the United States,” said Clyde E. Shelley Jr., DEA special agent in charge of the Dallas field division. “This seizure alone has potentially saved millions of lives.”

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Contreras-Martinez told authorities he was paid $6,000 to haul the load from California to Florida. It was his second such trip. He admitted to illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico seven months earlier, and had worked as a municipal police officer in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico.

He faces as much as 30 years to life in prison and possible deportation after serving his sentence.

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New Jersey couple on the run after raid nets explosives, ‘ghost guns’

A New Jersey couple is on the run after police found homemade “ghost guns” and explosives in their home.

New Jersey State Police said Thursday that Nicholas Layton, 39, and Rebecca Wills, 33, were wanted on various charges.

“Both individuals are considered armed and dangerous,” police said.

Police confiscated five assault rifles Monday after raiding the couple’s home in Mount Holly, N.J., and a storage trailer, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

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Nicholas Layton, 39, and Rebecca Wills, 33, both of Mount Holly, N.J., were being sought by authorities after “ghost guns” and explosives were confiscated in a raid Monday. (New Jersey State Police )

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They identified three as ghost guns that can be purchased as parts and assembled at home, making them untraceable, the paper reported.

Layton was also wanted for violating probation in a 2015 meth distribution case that resulted in a conviction, according to the Star-Ledger.

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The search for Layton and Mills included federal drug agents, U.S. marshals and investigators with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

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WATCH: Alleged cocaine smugglers toss items overboard during high-speed Pacific pursuit

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U.S. Coast Guard personnel based out of San Diego, Calif., intercepted a small motorboat with approximately 2,300 pounds of cocaine onboard earlier this month in international waters of the Pacific Ocean.

In a dramatic video released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people aboard the motorboat can be seen tossing items into the open ocean as they’re being pursued — and filmed from above.

The video captures the moment that Coast Guard members in an orange boat catch up with the suspects’ vessel. Then, with their guns drawn, the Coast Guard members force nine suspected smugglers to surrender with their hands in the air.

VIDEO SHOWS DRAMATIC JUMP BY COAST GUARDSMEN ONTO VESSEL LADEN WITH COCAINE: OFFICIALS

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The video was credited to Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley and distributed by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.

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‘Hero’ customer, a licensed gun owner, shoots 2 robbery suspects at 7-Eleven: reports

A customer at a 7-Eleven store in Virginia shot two suspects who were allegedly trying to rob the business early Thursday morning, police said, according to reports.

The customer killed one of the suspects and injured the other during the 2 a.m. attempted robbery in Virginia Beach, Richmond’s WTVR-TV reported. Both suspects were also armed, according to the report.

The customer, whom witnesses called a “hero,” had a concealed carry permit, police said, according to Norfolk’s WTKR-TV.

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“Another citizen, who was already in the store and in possession of a legal weapon, confronted and ultimately shot the suspects,” a Virginia Beach Police spokesperson said.

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(An armed customer reportedly thwarted a robbery attempt at a 7-Eleven store in Virginia Beach, Va. (Google Maps))

The injured suspect has life-threatening wounds, WTVR reported.

Police believe the same suspects may be linked to three other 7-Eleven robberies that occurred overnight, WTKR reported.

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A third person was taken into custody outside of the 7-Eleven.

Last month, a Virginia Beach city employee started a petition to allow civil servants to carry weapons at work after a gunman fatally shot 12 city workers at a local municipal center in May.

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Cleveland’s Civil War monument damaged, suspect sought

Police in Cleveland are searching for a suspect seen on video damaging the city’s 125-year-old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.

The alleged crime happened about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after the interior portion of the monument was closed for the day, Cleveland’s FOX 8 reported.

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A suspect is seen climbing the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland on Wednesday evening. (Surveillance video)

Surveillance video shows three people walking around the monument, which includes a pedestal and a group of Civil War soldiers preparing to fire a cannon.

One of the three people then climbs the statue and breaks off a portion of the cannon, the station reported.

The broken piece was later recovered, according to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

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Two men are seen around the base of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland on Wednesday evening. (Surveillance video)

The suspect will be charged with a felony under federal law, Ted Prosse, president of the city’s monument commission, told FOX 8.

The monument pays tribute to more than 9,000 Cuyahoga County residents who served in the Civil War, the report said.

In 2015, three suspects were sentenced to community service and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution after damaging the monument, Cleveland.com reported.

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Cleveland’s Civil War monument damaged, suspect sought

Police in Cleveland are searching for a suspect seen on video damaging the city’s 125-year-old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.

The alleged crime happened about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after the interior portion of the monument was closed for the day, Cleveland’s FOX 8 reported.

VANDALS ACCUSED OF FLOODING WORLD WAR II-ERA SUBMARINE FACE NEW CHARGES

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A suspect is seen climbing the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland on Wednesday evening. (Surveillance video)

Surveillance video shows three people walking around the monument, which includes a pedestal and a group of Civil War soldiers preparing to fire a cannon.

One of the three people then climbs the statue and breaks off a portion of the cannon, the station reported.

The broken piece was later recovered, according to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

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Two men are seen around the base of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland on Wednesday evening. (Surveillance video)

The suspect will be charged with a felony under federal law, Ted Prosse, president of the city’s monument commission, told FOX 8.

The monument pays tribute to more than 9,000 Cuyahoga County residents who served in the Civil War, the report said.

In 2015, three suspects were sentenced to community service and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution after damaging the monument, Cleveland.com reported.

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Gutfeld on the latest watery assault on cops

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Another new video of a mob drenching New York’s finest. Here, the group armed with pails of water targets two female officers. This incident comes days after earlier water ambushes in the city.

This offers a lesson in human nature. If some people see they can get away with crimes, then others will do it too.

The lack of response by the officers before offered tacit encouragement. It’s only water, true. But what’s next? Who knows?

GANG MEMBER ARRESTED FOR DUMPING WATER ON NYPD OFFICER, POLICE SAY

But we know why the cops don’t respond. These are the guardians of a liberal enclave. So other than the hardworking taxpayers, who would support them? Not the leaders they protect.

Any arrest would draw protests of “excessive force.”

Al Sharpton would be out with a sign before you can say “Tawana Brawley.” And if you don’t know who she is, you don’t know who Al is.

The mayor of New York is more frightened of mean tweets than he is of crime. So we know where the folks in City Hall will stand: right under their desks.

And the mayor, embarking on an already absurd presidential run, will use his son once again as an example of how the New York Police Department racially profiles minorities. Even though the force is largely made up of minorities.

This could get worse as prisons close and the detention of suspects awaiting trial is eliminated for many in 2020.

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It’s a lesson learned in major cities: achievements in law enforcement over decades by competent people and principled politicians can quickly erode once a leftist is in charge.

You want to see your future? Try downtown Los Angeles. Just watch where you step.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on July 25, 2019.

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Illinois teens charged with beating special-needs girl in viral video, police say

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Three teenage girls in Illinois were charged Thursday in connection with the beating of a 15-year-old special-needs girl, which was recorded in a video that went viral, police said.

Chicago Police Lt. Ozzie Valdez told reporters that two of the girls were charged with aggravated battery, while the third was charged with mob action. The girls are 13, 14 and 15, and they were charged as juveniles. The charges are felonies.

In the video, which was recorded on Monday and posted to social media the next day, the victim could be heard screaming and seen waving her arms as she tried to fend off her attackers while onlookers laughed. The video was reportedly posted by someone who described herself in the caption as a friend of the girl, who said the girl has a “mental disability.”

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The unidentified victim had been missing from her South Side home several days before the attack occurred Monday. She was found Tuesday evening and taken to a hospital where she was treated before being released. Police told reporters that the victim has been placed “in a safe environment.”

Valdez told reporters that detectives learned that the victim “met several juveniles who she thought were her friends.”

“These girls then taught her how to flash gang signs and as this was occurring a beating began which was captured on video,” he added.

“Actions depicted in the video are difficult to watch to say the least and I hope that they become a teachable moment for not only these young individuals but actually for all of us,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “Hate, bullying and bigotry are cancers of our society that do nothing but break and divide us.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the victim was attacked after she refused to engage in sex acts. Authorities declined to confirm that information Thursday, adding that they would not go into specifics given those involved are juveniles.

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The teens were arrested after going to police with their parents on Wednesday night and two of them appeared in juvenile court on Thursday morning.  The Sun-Times reported that the 14-year-old suspect was released to her mother, but was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.

“She’s a good girl when she wants to be,” the girl’s mother told the newspaper after the hearing. She added that older girls in the neighborhood were a bad influence on her daughter.

“I’m not for her beating on anyone,” the mother added. “I’m just so irritated with all this.”

The 15-year-old suspect was also ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and be placed in a temporary juvenile shelter, according to the Sun-Times. The girl’s mother had told the judge that she was worried about her family’s safety if her daughter returned home.

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The parents of both girls told the judge they had received several threats against their daughters and their families, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Valdez said the investigation is ongoing and more people seen in the video could also face charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hannah Cox: AG Barr is wrong to resume executions – Death penalty goes against conservative principles

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The announcement Thursday by Attorney General William Barr that the federal government will resume executing death-row prisoners after a 16-year hiatus goes against the principles conservatives hold dear: limited government, fiscal responsibility, and the protection of the sanctity of human life.

The death penalty is a failed Big Government program that meets none of those values. Our federal government is failing by embracing it.

A lot has changed since the last federal execution in 2003.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESUME CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, SCHEDULE EXECUTIONS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2003

New death sentences continue to decrease – by 60 percent since 2000. Since 2007, nine states have removed the death penalty from their books and another four have halted all executions.

As a result, 25 states now refuse to put anyone to death. Of those that still have capital punishment on the books, over a third have not used it in a decade or more.

In addition, last year was the fourth year in a row that the U.S. carried out fewer than 30 executions. All 25 executions in 2018 came from only eight states, with more than half of them from Texas alone. That’s a sharp decrease since the height of the system’s use in the late 1990s, with nearly 100 executions in a given year.

The tidal wave of opposition to the death penalty is bipartisan, with 11 state Republican lawmakers introducing bills to repeal the death penalty so far this year.

What changed? The age of information. Big data brought a new understanding of the costs associated with the death penalty, the likelihood of a wrongful conviction, the arbitrariness and bias that plagues death rows, and the lack of a deterrent effect provided by this system.

That’s not all. Many murder victims’ family members have banned together to speak out against the harm this system produces, and they’ve been joined by people of all faiths, former members of law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and activists.

And this isn’t part of a liberal agenda. The tidal wave of opposition to the death penalty is bipartisan, with 11 state Republican lawmakers introducing bills to repeal the death penalty so far this year.

So why is the federal government bucking these pervasive trends and resuming executions? It’s really unclear.

The federal death penalty system encompasses all of the problems we find at the state level. Though many think the federal system is reserved for the “worst of the worst” crimes like treason, espionage, or terrorism, the reality is only one person on the federal death row is there for one of those crimes.

Just three states – Virginia, Texas and Missouri – are responsible for nearly half of the current federal death sentences, and just 31 of 94 federal judicial districts are responsible for all current sentences.

Translation: the location where the crime was committed is the leading determinate for who gets the death penalty at both the state and federal levels.

Take the case of Marvin Gabrion. His was a federal death penalty case only because the crime was committed on federal property. Had the crime occurred only 100 so feet away, this case would not have been elevated to the federal level.

While many of the same problems exist in the federal death penalty system as those at the state level, the federal system has even fewer reviews.

At the federal level, defendants receive a single post-conviction proceeding and are often denied a right to appeal. That means there’s an even greater chance that an individual could be wrongfully convicted and executed at this level.

Given that we already know that one person has been exonerated from death row for every 10 executions, that’s a terrifying thought.

Support for the death penalty tends to run a mile wide and an inch deep – though public support has been shrinking for years. Upon examining the realities of how the death penalty operates in practice, the majority of people struggle to support it.

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With a national average homicide clearance rate of only 51 percent, the resources spent on the death penalty would be better directed towards solving more violent crimes or on programs that actually work to deter crime in the first place.

The opportunity costs involved with the death penalty, coupled with the likelihood of a wrongful conviction, are the reasons so many conservatives like me are turning against it.

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Robert Blecker: AG Barr is right to resume death penalty for vicious killers

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Attorney General William Barr should be applauded for announcing Thursday that the federal government will resume executing convicted murderers on death row for the first time since 2003, beginning with five vicious killers in December and January.

“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Barr said in a statement. “We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

While the legislation Barr refers to permits a punishment of death, it doesn’t compel it. We rely on the Justice Department to seek the death penalty only for the worst of the worst murderers – those who most clearly deserve to die. And we rely on juries in each individual murder case to act as the moral filter and conscience of the community to decide if the death penalty is warranted.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESUME CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, SCHEDULE EXECUTIONS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2003

Reviewing the despicable crimes of the five men scheduled to be executed, we can safely say that the Justice Department has exercised its prerogative wisely.

The federal government has only imposed the death penalty on three murderers since 1988, when Congress reinstated capital punishment at the federal level.

Federal officials executed the most well-known of the three, Timothy McVeigh, in 2001 for blowing up a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. The blast killed 168 people including children at a child care center. McVeigh dismissed their murders as “collateral damage,” stoking our collective outrage.

“In a well-governed state, citizens, like limbs on a single body, should feel and resent one another’s injuries,” Solon, the great Greek lawgiver, declared 2,500 years ago.

Yet so-called “abolitionists” – opponents of the death penalty in every case – always reflexively plead for the life of murderers, however heinous their crimes.

Inside maximum security prisons, those sentenced to life without parole form friendships, play ball, eat ice cream and watch movies – simple pleasures their victims will never enjoy. It may not be a great life – but it’s a life they greatly prefer to the alternative, as their low suicide rate demonstrates.

Over several decades, I have spent thousands of hours inside maximum security prisons and on death rows as part of my academic research on the death penalty. I have interviewed convicted murderers to identify the worst of the worst among them and thus separate those killers who deserve to die from those who don’t.

During my visits, the daily lives of lifers in prison – spared the death they arguably deserved – appalled me.

Inside maximum security prisons, those sentenced to life without parole form friendships, play ball, eat ice cream and watch movies – simple pleasures their victims will never enjoy. It may not be a great life – but it’s a life they greatly prefer to the alternative, as their low suicide rate demonstrates.

Typically, after notorious murders many pro-abolitionist news organizations – such as NPR, the BBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post – cast the death penalty in a thoroughly negative light, as an arbitrary, racist and barbaric relic that has no place in modern society. 

Yet most people – whatever their general political persuasion, however sensitive they are to problems with class or race bias in the criminal justice system – know intuitively and feel certain morally that some vicious murderers do deserve to die. As a society, we have an obligation to kill them.

Death penalty opponents have long distorted and largely diminished public support by asking questions such as: “Are you in favor of the death penalty for someone convicted of murder?” Depending upon the year, a small majority or at least a plurality of Americans still say they favor capital punishment for all murderers.

I don’t agree. I would reserve society’s ultimate punishment only for the worst of the worst of the worst. 

Instead of asking the vague generic question of whether we should respond with the death penalty for murder, suppose pollsters asked more specific questions about the worst killers among us, such as these: 

Should Dylann Roof – the white supremacist who entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., and killed nine black congregants who were peacefully worshipping – live or die? He received a death sentence for his conviction in federal court.

Should Joshua Komisarjevski – who sexually abused an 11-year-old girl, posted cell phone photos of her and then tied her to her bed, poured gasoline over her and burned her alive – live or die? He was convicted of the 2007 triple murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters – 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Mikaela. A jury sentenced him to death, but Connecticut abolished its death penalty and he now is serving a life prison sentence without parole.

Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – who placed a bomb next to a child at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, coldly calculated to kill and maim as many people as possible – live or die? A jury sentenced him to death for the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured several hundred.

These vicious killers violated our sanctuaries and randomly destroyed innocent victims in what should be our most safe and sacred spaces.

Ask the public the question concretely and the ethical answer emerges clearly: A vast majority – including those who publicly oppose the death penalty because they don’t trust our criminal justice system to get it right – intuitively know that morally these killers deserve to die.

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We who call for proportional punishment justify the death penalty not because it can deter other vicious killers; not because once we’ve captured these murderers we have no other way to keep us safe; and not because we can’t imagine how we could rehabilitate them. Those of us who believe in retributive justice find these justifications ultimately irrelevant.

Today we tolerate too little and hate too much. But unfortunately, there is a time to hate, and there are people whom we should detest. They deserve to die and we should kill them – as soon as legally possible.

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