Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have seized since October illegally imported Chinese honey valued at $2.45 million destined for U.S. consumers.

The seized illicit honey that was abandoned or forfeited totals 660 barrels weighing 203,280 kilograms (448,156 lbs.). The containers’ shipping documents indicated the bulk honey originated in Latvia.

HSI and CBP have stepped up efforts regarding commercial fraud investigations that focus on U.S. economic, health and safety interests. Anti-dumping schemes create a divergent market that negatively affects legitimate businesses.

“Helping to ensure a safe food supply is an important component of border security,” said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of HSI Houston. “HSI and our law enforcement partners are committed to working together on behalf of the American people to identify and remove potentially dangerous or adulterated products from store shelves to help keep our families safe. We also work to ensure that no one benefits from circumventing U.S. trade and import laws.”

In December 2001, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed anti-dumping duties after determining that Chinese-origin honey was being sold in the United States at less than fair-market value. The duties first imposed were as high as 221 percent of the declared value. Later these duties were assessed against the entered net weight, currently at $2.63 per net kilogram, in addition to a “honey assessment fee” of one cent per pound of all honey.

In 2008, federal authorities began investigating allegations of organizations on the “supply side” of the honey industry that were circumventing anti-dumping duties through illegal imports, including transshipment and mislabeling. In October 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert for honey containing the antibiotic Chloramphenicol, a broad spectrum antibiotic that is used to treat serious infections in humans, that is not approved for use in honey. Honey containing certain antibiotics is deemed “adulterated” within the meaning of federal food and drug safety laws.









Slim Thug and Boss Life Mgmt. invites you to join us Tuesday, January 27th for the private premier screening of Hogg Life: The Beginning Documentary.

Slim Thug’s story is not one of overnight success. Hogg Life: The Beginning, takes it all the way back, even Before Da Kappa. The first of this four part series gives fans true insight into Slim’s life before the fame. Interviews include in depth commentary from his mother, sister, childhood friend and business partner Rico, DJ Michael “5000” Watts, OG Ron C, and E.S.G.

Monroe Houston
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HCSO robbery investigators are looking for a person of interest in connection to a December 30, 2014 attempted carjacking at an east Harris County gas station in which a customer pumping gas was wounded.

A photo of the person of interest is attached. Investigators would like to talk to the young man; he is not considered a suspect at this time.

The carjacking attempt was captured by surveillance video cameras and can be viewed here:

The suspect approached the victim as he was fueling his red 1985 Toyota 4Runner and demanded his keys at gunpoint. He shot the victim once in the leg and that’s when the victim gave the suspect his keys.

The suspect got into the vehicle but for some reason was not able to drive away in it; he was last seen walking away, heading north on John Ralston Rd.

The victim was transported to LBJ Hospital with a non-life threating gunshot wound to his leg.

The suspect is described as a black male, slender built, approximately 5’5” to 5’6” in height and in his early 20s. He was wearing a two-tone blue hoodie and dark pants.

If you have any information about the person of interest and/or the suspect’s identity or location please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip via iWatchHarrisCounty.


The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) will extend weekday business hours at six of its multi-service centers the first two weeks in February, making it easier for uninsured people to get help signing up for a low-cost health plan by the Affordable Care Act’s nearing deadline.

The centers will also open extended hours Saturday, Feb. 7, and the weekend of Feb. 14-15 when the ACA’s second enrollment period comes to a close.

Trained advisors assigned to HDHHS multi-service centers are available to meet with uninsured residents one-on-one. Referred to as counselors and navigators, the advisors help residents who need to explore their insurance options or sign up for a health plan through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

Multi-service centers across Houston opening from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. are:

Acres Homes MSC, 6719 W. Montgomery
Denver Harbor MSC, 6402 Market Street
Magnolia MSC, 7037 Capitol Street
Northeast MSC, 9720 Spaulding
Southwest MSC, 6400 High Star
Sunnyside MSC, 9314 Cullen
Uninsured people needing enrollment assistance can set up an appointment with an advisor by calling HDHHS’ ACA call center at 832-393-5423. Appointments are on a first come, first served basis; the last one is set for 7 p.m.

Documents needed to enroll during an appointment include:

Proof of U.S. citizenship: social security number or copy of U.S. passport for all family members
State residency: driver’s license, housing lease or utility bill
Income:  W-2 forms or pay stubs; unemployment or disability; social security, pension and retirement income; or copy of latest tax return
Current health insurance: policy numbers for any current health insurance and information about job-related health insurance
Immigration status or legal residency: Immigration document status numbers.
People needing more information about the Marketplace or enrolling in a health plan can also get their questions answered by advisors at the call center. Houston-area residents have access to 71 insurance plans from which they may choose the coverage level that best fits their budget and health care needs.

Uninsured residents can sign up for a health plan online by visiting or

HDHHS serves as the lead agency for the Gulf Coast Health Insurance Marketplace Collaborative, a group of 18 non-profit agencies it brought together in 2013 to coordinate and facilitate enrollment in the Houston area.


Around 7:15 p.m. Sunday, a Pct. 4 Deputy Constable and two Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a suspicious person call at the Walmart located at 23561 US 59 in Porter. Montgomery County dispatch warned deputies a white male wearing a camouflage jacket was seen donning body armor and circling his SUV, which he also moved several times. The dispatcher also provided the suspect’s parking location


As the Precinct 4 Deputy arrived, he saw the suspect. As he drove toward the suspect, the man opened his car door and began to reach into the vehicle. The MCSO deputies were also approaching and all three officers drew their weapons. The Precinct 4 Deputy told the suspect to place his hands on his face and walk backwards to him. The deputy then patted down the suspect, 27-year-old Christopher Longoria, and found a pistol in his front right pocket. He also removed a hard sunglasses case that was hanging on a lanyard the Longoria was wearing around his neck, and a pill bottle containing Hydrocodone from his shirt pocket. The sunglasses case contained a small digital scale and multiple small clear and colored zip locking plastic bags containing methamphetamine. The vehicle contained multiple boxes of ammunition; a mask; rifle bipods (used to steady when shooting); loose ammunition; and more small plastic bags with methamphetamine residue inside.


The Precinct 4 Deputy had dispatch check Longoria’s criminal history and learned he had two prior felony convictions. Soon after, the deputy noticed Longoria had a blood stain on his camouflage jacket and asked him about it. Longoria told him it was his own blood and that he’d been shot two days earlier. The deputy then called for medics, who checked Longoria and confirmed he had a gunshot wound. They said he would be alright, but might need medication.  Longoria was transported to the emergency room at Kingwood Hospital, where he was checked out and only needed a tetanus shot.

Longoria told deputies the narcotics in his possession were to keep him awake and make sure no one would harm him. He claimed he was shot at a gas station in Harris County and didn’t know the shooter or his motivation.

The evidence recovered included nine Hydrocodone, 52 empty blue small clear plastic bags; 92- 25MM ammunition (including 6 in the magazine in the pistol); a black digital scale; a green lanyard with sunglass case; 16 green small clear plastic bags containing 65.3 grams of methamphetamine; a black body armor plate carrier with no plates; a 25 automatic chrome pistol with full magazine; two LG smart phones; and .40 ammunition.
Christopher Longoria, 27, of Houston (unemployed) is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance (penalty group 1) more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams; third-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (penalty group 3) more than 28 grams, but less than 200 grams; and third-degree felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon.



Last week in Texas, Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) filed SB 339 and Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) filed HB 892, both relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis. RAMP has the utmost respect for Representative Klick’s and Senator Eltife’s advocacy for patients with epilepsy to have access to safe medical marijuana when no other treatment options provide relief. However, it is clear from experience in other states that CBD-only legislation has failed to generate the high-CBD strains that epileptic patients desperately need. The Texas Compassionate Use Act limits the market to such a degree that people will be unlikely to invest money and time into the extremely difficult practice of medical marijuana cultivation. Colorado, a state with whole plant access, has lead the nation in high-CBD marijuana strains while also helping patients who benefit from THC – such as those with cancer, muscular sclerosis, and PTSD. RAMP advocates a bill that allows the entire plant to be accessed as medicine for qualifying conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and conditions causing seizures, severe pain, severe nausea, and muscle spasms.





“This new center is a further testament to our continued dedication and mission to ensure that families and individuals are empowered through education,” said Pastor Pat Williams of The Overflow Church and the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Flowing Over, Inc.

“By expanding our services and opening our doors in Manvel, we are restoring hope with love. Our staff will be able to reach and serve more families in our communities.” 

The new facility provides computer training, ESL(English Second Language), O’Zone Youth Programs(Safe Zone), health care and nutritional counseling, Zumba, in addition to line dancing and hip-hop, and a wide range of other services.  
“The new center is important because it will serve as an extension to families in the Manvel and Pearland communities. OCC is in partnership with Communities In Schools of Brazoria County, Alvin ISD and United Way of Brazoria County.  

OCC is making an impact towards decreasing literary and communication barriers which impact our communities.  OCC will also provides a wide range of support services counseling and nutritional counseling.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be January 17, 2015 @ 9am. 
For more information about the OVERFLOW Community Center, call 281-489-4711 or to learn more about the OCC, log into  the website at Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Any and All donation are appreciated.


Crime Stoppers of Houston and the Houston Police Department need the public’s assistance in solving a murder case from January 26, 2008.  It was 4:50 am seven years ago today that officers responded to a call in the 2000 block of the Eastex Freeway.  They found the victim, U.S. Army veteran Robert Kimmey, unconscious in the driver’s seat of a blue Hyundai Sonata.  Kimmey had a single stab wound to his body.  He was transported to Ben Taub Hospital but did not survive his injury.

Anyone with information about the unknown suspect(s) is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and could receive a reward of up to $5,000.


The National Black United Front (NBUF) Houston-Chapter will not just talk about harnessing Black economic power; we will practice self-determination with our Fight Back! Buy Black Shopping and History tour on Saturday, February 14, 2014. While on the bus we learn about our illustrious history.  The businesses on the tour have shown a commitment to our community as a whole. Registration fee for the bus is $20.00. Deadline Monday, February 2, 2014.

12 Black Businesses & Organizations Will Be Supported During This Tour

Featuring: Black Kollectibles, Meats & Spices, Caribbean & Vegetarian Cuisine, Black Media, Hair Care Products, Black Cleaners, Clothing, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Outline of Tour

FRIDAY, February 13 4:00pm meet at Unity Bank 2602 Blodgett  St. 77004  713-387-7400 opening bank accounts

SATURDAY, February 14  8:OOam NBUF 2428  Southmore Blvd. Hou, TX Depart

9:00am-10am 1st STOP Shirley Ann’s Black Kollectibles & Flowers 6130 Wheatley St. 77091 713-692-1195

10:30am-11:30am 2nd STOP DAVIS Meat Market  2204 Lockwood  713-672-1803

12noon-12:30pm 3rd STOP Forward Times Newspaper 4411 Almeda Rd. 77004 713-526-4727 sign up for subscriptions

12:30 -2:30pm 4th STOP LUNCH Green Seed 4320 Almeda 844-365-8346 & Reggae Hut 4814 Almeda Rd 713-520-7171

                        Shopping @ Reggae Bodega 4816 Almeda Rd 713-269-0241 & Mr. Indian 

                                                       Hair & Mid City Cleaners 4804 Almed Rd.

2:45pm-4:00pm 5th STOP  NUWATERS 2320 Elgin St. & AllRealRadio 2325 Holman St

RETURN NBUF 4:15pm 2428 Southmore Blvd      


A Houston rapper is lucky to be alive tonight after he says he stared down the barrel of a gun and was pistol whipped.

Tai Carr, known to fans by the stage name Doughbeezy, says he was attacked when he went to a friend’s house in the Houston Heights on Tuesday night.

Houston police say Doughbeezy walked right into the middle of a home invasion.

Carr posted on Instagram after he was attacked that he made his way to his vehicle and grabbed a gun out of the trunk. He ended his story there, but police say a victim, who they did not positively identify as Doughbeezy, took a gun out of a truck and shot and killed one of the home invaders.


“I definitely see Doughbeezy as a hero,” said Houston-based and nationally-recognized rapper Paul Wall during an interview with FOX 26 News. Wall also considers Doughbeezy a friend.

A representative for Doughbeezy says that the rapper will not be doing any interviews but he is recovering at home. That representative also says Doughbeezy and his attorney will talk when it is necessary.


A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department says the case will go before a Harris County grand jury as a result of the deadly shooting.

Police took one man, identified as 23-year-old Marquez Romero Heckard, into custody at a nearby Wendy’s restaurant.

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. is asking you to mark your calendars for an HPD Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, February 7. The Chief is inviting you and your neighbors to meet with him and top HPD commanders at the HPD Citywide Town Hall Meeting, from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, February 7, at the Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium, Texas Southern University Campus, 3100 Cleburne Street.

Free parking will be provided on the TSU campus, as will accommodations for hearing-impaired citizens.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” simulator, as well as view displays of the HPD Helicopter and the SWAT Tactical Vehicle.

Chief McClelland and his commanders will take questions one-on-one and in group settings to find out what issues are of most importance to you and your neighbors. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to voice concerns and ask questions. The event will also be live-streamed on the HPD YouTube channel at and live-blogged at

Following Chief McClelland’s address and a question-and-answer period, you will be able to break into smaller groups to meet with HPD patrol captains who oversee your neighborhoods.  Members of various HPD divisions including Internal Affairs, Homicide and Juvenile will also be present.

A video clip of last year’s Town Hall Meeting can be viewed on the HPD YouTube Channel at Photos of last year’s Town Hall meeting can be viewed on the HPD Flickr page at

For more information regarding this event, or call 713-308-3200.


The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office remains vigilant in their effort to take suspected child predators off the streets…

Back in February 52 year old Mazen Elzarka was arrested for soliciting a minor for sex while online.

The Spring resident goes to trial this week in Conroe and a jury will decide if he will spend a significant amount of time behind bars if he is found guilty of the crime. 

Investigators say Elzarka also arranged to have sex with the minor once they met. 

The case is being heard in Montgomery County.