ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2011
World News Roundup
drug op busted
SAN DIEGO, Aug 19, (AP):
Federal officials said Thursday
they’ve busted a drug trafficking
ring involving Mexico’s most pow-
erful cartel and members of an
Iraqi immigrant community in the
US who were caught selling illegal
drugs, assault rifles, grenades and
About 60 people from the Iraqi
community were arrested after a
six-month investigation carried out
by the Drug
and police in
the city of El
Cajon, a work-
east of San
Many of the
Guzman Iraqi Chaldeans
who fled their homeland amid
threats from al-Qaeda and other
extremists. Police say at least some
of those arrested are suspected of
being affiliated with the Chaldean
Organized Crime Syndicate, an
Iraqi gang based in Detroit.
Authorities say the suspects
were working out of an Iraqi social
club in El Cajon and shipping
drugs supplied by Mexico’s power-
ful Sinaloa cartel to Detroit, home
to the largest Chaldean population
in the United States, according to
the federal indictment unsealed
Thursday. El Cajon has the second
largest Chaldean population.
Officials were tipped off after Lightning reveals a large layer of dust, in the sky on Aug 18, in Gilbert, Arizona. The dust storm swept through Pinal County and headed northeast, reaching Phoenix at about 6 pm. It was the third
neighbors and even some of the major dust storm to hit the Phoenix metro area since last month. (Inset): Lighting spreads across the sky over the Russian Orthodox Church of Three Saints in Garfield, NJ, during a storm on Thursday.
club members’ spouses complained (AP)
for years about the establishment’s
criminal activity, which has includ-
ed attempted murder, sales of meth
and marijuana, gambling and ille- Deportation
gal firearms sales.
Authorities seized 18 pounds of
cocaine and other drugs; more than
3,500 pounds of marijuana; 300,000 pending cases to be reviewed
$630,000 in cash; four IEDs; and
more than 30 guns, including
In April, a DEA undercover
operative was shown a hand
‘Criminals priority for deportation’
grenade by one of the Iraqis and WASHINGTON, Aug 19, (AP): nities and others that the administra- in the United States, whether immedi- was a welcome change.
was told additional grenades were Many illegal immigrants who were tion has been too focused on deport- ate family members are U.S. citizens “I think this in some ways is past
available from a Mexican military facing deportation despite having no ing people whose only offense is and whether that person has a crimi- due, but I’m glad that it’s happening
source. criminal record will be allowed to
Officials believe the weapons being in the country without the prop- nal record. now,” Lofgren said.
stay in the US and apply for a work er documents or who have been Napolitano said in her letter that the She added the plan is fair to immi-
and explosives were meant to be permit under new rules from the
sold locally and there were no indi- United States Attorney Laura E. arrested for traffic violations or other policy change was part of implement- grants and makes economic sense,
Duffy talks about the indictments Homeland Security Department. misdemeanors. There have also been ing that prosecutorial discretion. given the need to cut billions of dol-
cations the group was supplying Republicans are balking at the
Mexico’s most violent cartel with evolving from arrest made in the widespread complaints about While advocates and Democratic lars from the federal budget.
undercover operation involving Iraqi change. Immigration and Customs lawmakers greeted the announcement Democratic Sen Robert Menendez
weapons for use in that country’s immigrants and Mexican drug cartels Homeland Security Secretary Janet
drug war, which has claimed at Enforcement’s Secure Communities with a chorus of approval, called the case-by-case review “a
at a news conference on Aug 18, in Napolitano announced Thursday that program, which uses fingerprints col- Republicans recoiled at the policy very positive step forward” but said
least 35,000 lives. San Diego. (AP) the department will focus on deport-
William R. Sherman, acting spe- lected in state and local jails to identi- change. Republican House Judiciary more should be done to overhaul
ing illegal immigrants who are crimi- fy illegal immigrants in a federal Committee Chairman Lamar Smith immigration rules.
cial agent in charge in the DEA’s nals or pose a threat to national secu-
San Diego division, said the ring immigration database. said the shift is the administration’s Others, including illegal immi-
rity or public safety. Misdemeanors “plan to grant backdoor amnesty to grants hoping for legislative relief that
was going to sell a portion of the Napolitano announced the plan in a
3,500 pounds of marijuana, States have balked at the program, illegal immigrants.” could include the DREAM Act, worry
believed to belong to the Sinaloa letter to a group of senators who sup- Enforce that the policy may not go far enough.
port revamping the immigration sys- arguing it requires them to enforce
cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo”
tem. Under the change, about 300,000 federal laws. There have also been “The Obama administration should Also:
Guzman, who has become one of complaints that immigrants arrested enforce immigration laws, not look SAN DIEGO: Felicitas Gurrola
the world’s richest and most-want- deportation cases pending in immi-
gration court will be reviewed case by for simple misdemeanors can end up for ways to ignore them,” Smith said stands out at a time when the migrant
ed men since he escaped from a in deportation proceedings. in a statement. “The Obama adminis- smuggling business has turned
Mexican prison 10 years ago. case.
“From a law enforcement and pub- ICE Director John Morton tration should not pick and choose increasingly violent and is dominated
Ties lic safety perspective, DHS enforce- responded to some critics in June with which laws to enforce. by large, mostly male operations that
Officials say the Chaldean syndi- Greig Giordano a six-page memo to ICE agents out- Administration officials should choose perilous routes through
ment resources must continue to be
cate has historical ties to the focused on our highest priorities,” lining when and how discretion remember the oath of office they took remote mountains and deserts.
Sinaloa cartel but they said they did Napolitano wrote in the letter. “Doing should be used. That guidance cov- to uphold the Constitution and the Gurrola is 84, ran a mostly-female
not know the origins of those ties. America otherwise hinders our public safety ered those potentially subject to a leg- laws of the land.” smuggling ring and picked the busiest
Over the past two decades, mission — clogging immigration islative proposal, known as the Fellow Texas Republican Rep US border post for her crossing of
Mexican smugglers helped many court dockets and diverting DHS DREAM Act, intended to give young Michael McCaul said the plan cir- choice, US authorities say.
of the Chaldeans reach the United Girlfriend pleads not guilty: James illegal immigrants who go to college cumvents Congress. They say her group led up to 80
“Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend, who is enforcement resources away from
States. The descendants of the accused of helping the reputed former individuals who pose a threat to pub- or serve in the military a chance at Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California people a month to San Diego from
ancient inhabitants of crime boss elude authorities during 16 lic safety.” legal status. Democrat who has been outspoken in Tijuana, Mexico, then had guides
Mesopotamia — what is now Iraq years on the run together, will not cooper- The decision comes amid contin- Morton also suggested that agents her support for comprehensive immi- take the illegal migrants to the Los
— fled their homeland to escape ate with law enforcement authorities in ued protests from immigrant commu- consider how long someone has been gration reform, said the new policy Angeles area.
persecution for their Christianity. their case against him, her lawyer said
Hundreds passed through Tijuana Thursday.
on their way to California. Catherine Greig’s lawyer, Kevin
Reddington, made the remark after Greig her sister and move on with her life. days after an American tourist was report- island, bought the insurance specifically policy that covered the missing woman,
About half of the 60 arrested “Where’s she going to go? Where’s the ed missing in Aruba, her travel companion for his five-day getaway with Robyn but withheld details, including who the
face federal charges and half face pleaded not guilty in federal court to a
charge of conspiracy to harbor and con- incentive to take off?” Reddington said. tried to collect on a $1.5 million acciden- Gardner. The person did not have authori- beneficiary is or whether Giordano tried
state charges. ceal a fugitive. (AP) tal-death insurance policy he took out on zation to publicly release the information to collect. Solicitor General Taco Stein
Some are also illegal immigrants Prosecutors say Greig actively helped ❑ ❑ ❑ her, The Associated Press has learned. and agreed to speak only on condition of late Thursday confirmed to the AP that the
but officials declined to say Bulger escape capture, but her attorney A person who provided information to anonymity. coverage was in the amount of $1.5 mil-
whether they will be deported. says she was in love with Bulger and was- ‘Suspect sought insurance payout’: authorities told the AP that Gary V. Aruban authorities previously con- lion.
Four indictments were unsealed n’t aware of the extent of Bulger’s alleged Investigators have been told that just two Giordano, now detained on the Caribbean firmed that Giordano had an insurance Giordano, a 50-year-old owner of a
Thursday charging nine people crimes when she fled with him in 1995. temporary staffing business from
with federal narcotics and weapons Bulger is accused of participating in 19 Gaithersburg, Md, traveled to Aruba with
trafficking charges and the unlaw- murders while heading up Boston’s noto- Revised drug used Gardner on July 31 and reported her miss-
ing two days later. He told police that she
ful possession of various firearms rious Winter Hill Gang.
The couple was apprehended in Santa disappeared while the two were snorkel-
and explosives. One of the sus-
pects, Nofel Noel Suleyman, was
Monica, California, in June, more than 16
years after Bulger fled. When asked by
Man executed ing.
He initially assisted the search but was
also charged with engaging in a reporters whether Greig would cooperate JARRATT, Virginia, Aug 19, (AP): detained at the airport Aug. 5 as he tried
continuing criminal enterprise, with authorities against Bulger, Redding A Virginia man who raped and to leave Aruba. Authorities said they
which carries a mandatory mini- said, “Not while I’m representing her.” suffocated an 88-year-old widow found discrepancies in his story. Giordano
mum sentence of 20 years in “She’s going to trial on the case — has become the state’s first has denied any wrongdoing through his
prison. that’s it,” he said. Greig entered her not inmate executed using a revised, attorney.
guilty plea during a brief appearance in three-drug cocktail. A judge ruled Monday there is enough
Officials said the investigation is Jerry Terrell Jackson, 30, was evidence to hold Giordano until at least
US federal court. The charge carries a
ongoing and there could be more maximum prison sentence of five years. pronounced dead at 9:14 pm local the end of August on suspicion of involve-
arrests. They declined to go into Greig has been jailed since she and time Thursday at Greensville ment in Gardner’s presumed death.
specifics about the ring’s business. Bulger were captured. She agreed to be Correctional Center. Jackson was The 35-year-old woman’s body has not
The club had armed guards at voluntarily detained while her attorneys sentenced to death for the 2001 been found and Aruban authorities had
high-stakes card games and its gather information to support her request rape and murder of seamstress been expected to begin a large-scale
to be released on bail, including real Ruth Phillips in her apartment in search of the island for her remains and
managers were aware of the crimi- Williamsburg. Asked if he had any
nal activity, demanding a cut of the estate appraisals for two properties Greig other evidence by the end of this week.
plans to use as collateral — her house and final words, Jackson shook his
money, according to authorities. head and said “no” under his But on Thursday, officials postponed the
The establishment’s troubles go her twin sister’s house. breath. As he waited for the drugs operation until early next week, saying
During her arraignment, Reddington to be administered, he tapped his they needed more time to prepare.
back to 1998 when police seized told US Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal In this photo released on Aug 17, 2011 by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aruban authorities in general seem
illegal slot machines. Four years foot as he lay strapped to a stain-
that he is still working on documents to Department, a sheriff’s deputy stands next to a flatbed truck containing 24 less steel gurney. The execution more guarded with information than they
ago, authorities identified it as a support her bail request. “I think she’s an gravestones that were stolen from Montecito Memorial Park in Colton, team took about 15 minutes to were during the investigation into the
hot spot for Iraqi drug deals and excellent bail candidate,” Reddington told California. Narcotics investigators raiding a Southern California home during a insert two intravenous lines, one 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager
two years later started investigat- reporters after the hearing. methamphetamine bust found two dozen granite and marble tombstones. into each arm. Within four minutes Natalee Holloway — a case that remains
ing it for selling weapons and When asked what’s changed since Deputies said the suspects were selling methamphetamines from the resi- of the lines being inserted, he was unsolved. Holloway disappeared on the
explosives. Greig fled with Bulger 16 years ago, dence. While in the backyard during the raid, deputies noticed tombstones pronounced dead. final night of a high school graduation trip
Reddington said Greig wants to be with weighing hundreds of pounds each. (AP) to the island. (AP)