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DO YOU WANT COCAINE ON YOUR PIZZA ALONG WITH PEPPERONI?

THE THINGS YOU CAN BUY AND GO TO PRISON FOR IN NEW YORK!

New York Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-In-Charge John P. Gilbride and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan today announced yesterday’s arrest of six people in connection with a wiretap investigation into a cocaine ring operating out of a popular pizza parlor in the Bronx. Nine kilograms of cocaine, four weapons and approximately $20,000 were seized during five search warrant operations. Three of the ring’s customers were previously charged during the investigation.

DEA Special Agent-In-Charge John P. Gilbride stated, “Using their pizza shop as a front for drug trafficking, the dough that this organization made was not from the sale of pizza but rather illegal narcotics. Through concentrated law enforcement efforts this organization’s brick ovens have been shut down.”

During the ten-month investigation, agents identified Benigno Burgos, manager of John’s Pizza at 1788 Westchester Avenue in the Bronx, and Victor Gomez, his partner in the drug business, as the leaders of a cocaine distribution enterprise. Other members of the drug operation, who doubled as delivery men and workers for the pizzeria, prepared narcotics orders, met with narcotics customers, and replenished the cocaine supply kept inside the pizza parlor.

In the past 10 months, the Burgos’ organization received multiple separate deliveries of cocaine, ranging from 200 grams to more than 10 kilograms apiece. From the pizzeria and at least four stash houses within walking distance, the group prepared, sold and distributed ounces, kilogram and multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine to dealers in the New York metropolitan area and Connecticut.

Three customers of the cocaine ring were previously arrested during the investigation. On October 9, 2008, DEA agents recovered half a kilogram of cocaine in the Bronx and arrested Confesor Delrio and Rafael Chevalier. Noel Farrow was arrested on November 25, 2008 in the Bronx and DEA agents recovered one kilogram of cocaine and approximately $50,000. Delrio and Chevalier were indicted by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor on top narcotics felonies. Farrow has felony narcotics charges pending in Criminal Court.

Five search warrant operations were conducted yesterday at various locations in the Bronx including, John’s Pizza; Burgos’ residence at 1317 Taylor Avenue, 2 nd Floor where nine kilograms of cocaine were seized hidden under a child’s mattress; Montana’s residence at 1661 Union Port Road, 2 nd Floor; 1842 Cross Bronx Expressway, Apt 1A where three guns were recovered; and 1250 Beach Avenue, 2 nd Floor where one gun, U.S. currency and drug paraphernalia was recovered. Burgos was arrested at John’s Pizza where agents recovered a wrapper from a kilogram of cocaine and a small quantity of packaged cocaine. In addition to the nine kilograms of cocaine and the four weapons, U.S. currency was also recovered.

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said: “It must be alarming to find out that your neighborhood pizza parlor is a haven for a wholesale cocaine operation. Out of state “take out” customers went to the pizza parlor to pick up their orders, often using pizza boxes to conceal the $32,000 to $42,000 worth of cocaine they had just purchased. Other customers received their narcotics delivered to pre-arranged locations in the Bronx.”

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FORMER TEXAS TROOPER INDICTED FOR SHAKING DOWN HISPANIC DRIVERS!

MICHAEL ANTHONY HIGGINS INDICTED!

Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Loretta King and Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Tim Johnson today announced the arrest of a former trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety who is charged with depriving multiple Latino motorists of their civil rights. According to the four count indictment returned by a federal Grand Jury in Corpus Christi, Texas, on April 8, 2009, Michael Anthony Higgins violated federal law by willfully stealing money from Latino motorists that he had stopped on the highway while working as a trooper.

“The brave work of our nation’s law enforcement officers must always be guided by adherence to the laws they are sworn to uphold,” said Loretta King, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Division will vigorously investigate and prosecute allegations where a law enforcement officer may have violated the rights of an individual.”

“Whenever a law enforcement officer uses his or her position to violate the rights of a victim, quick action will be taken by this office,” said Tim Johnson, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. “When there are vulnerable victims as in this case, we will advocate for the strictest punishment allowed by law.”

If convicted, Higgins faces a maximum sentence of up to four years in prison, restitution and a $400,000 fine. An indictment is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Texas Rangers and Officers of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The case is being prosecuted by Ruben Perez of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and Jim Felte from the Civil Rights Division.

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THE INSITE IS JOINING THE MARINES – NOT!

IS THIS A WASTE OF YOUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS?

When I arrived home on Thursday I wondered who sent me a package through Fedex.  I opened it and was shocked to find a recruitment letter from the US Marines.  I’m wondering why in the world would the Marines send me a recruitment letter.  Don’t they know how old I am?  Don’t they know I couldn’t even pull the trigger of a fake gun last year in a sheriff’s department simulation?  I truly think it’s a waste of federal dollars to blindly send out recruitment letters and paraphernalia.  I also wondered just how much are they paying Fedex for all of these next day deliveries for people like me who are either too old or just not interested in joining the Marines.  Uncle Sam really needs to check his mailing list instead of wasting federal dollars like this.  If you were young enough would you join the US Marines?  The Insite would like to hear from you!