#AceNewsReport – June.19: Four men are left in the race to be next prime minister after Rory Stewart was knocked out of the Tory leadership contest: The international development secretary was eliminated after coming last with 27 votes, 10 fewer than in the second ballot: Boris Johnson topped the vote again with 143 votes, 17 more than last time: Jeremy Hunt came second once more, with 54 votes, narrowly ahead of Michael Gove with 51 votes: Sajid Javid also made it into the next round with 38 votes.
Mr Stewart started as a rank outsider in the race but gained support on the back of an unusual campaign strategy, touring the country for pop-up meetings.
He had accused other candidates, including Mr Johnson, of making undeliverable promises on Brexit.
After his elimination, he tweeted that he had been “inspired” by the support he received which had rekindled his faith and belief in politics.
Liam Fox, who is backing Jeremy Hunt, said he believed there had been tactical voting in order to try and eliminate Mr Stewart.
However, he said the surviving candidates were the four most experienced men in the field and this is what people expected all along.
Wednesday saw the third ballot of Conservative MPs as they look to elect their new leader. The second vote brought the biggest number of votes to Boris Johnson, who left behind Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Michael Gove and Rory Stewart: “UK Prime Minister hopeful Rory Stewart has been eliminated from the contest to replace Theresa May, according to a statement by the 1922 Committee.” https://t.co/3CTzDQ47Dp
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#AceNewsReport – June.19: Samuel Vasquez-Morales, from Mexico, entered a guilty plea June 10 before U. S District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo: Judge Marmolejo set Vasquez-Morales’ sentencing for Oct. 16: At that time, Vazquez-Morales faces up to 10 years in federal prison: He will remain in federal custody pending that hearing: Since Vasquez-Morales is not a U.S. citizen, he is also expected to face deportation proceedings after he completes his prison sentence.
According to court documents, on April 1, 2019, Vazquez-Morales was apprehended after guiding six illegal aliens through the brush near Laredo: Five were from the People’s Republic of China; one was a Brazilian national. Vazquez-Morales was determined to be a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States as well.
On June 10, Vasquez-Morales admitted that he guided the group from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, into the United States: He stated he was working for Cartel Del Noreste and that he expected to be paid $400 for the job: One of the Chinese nationals told agents he planned to pay $30,000 to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Day, Southern District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.
#AceNewsReport – June.19: Indictment alleges conspiracy to smuggle at least 190 kilograms of rhinoceros horns and at least 10 tons of elephant ivory valued at more than $7 million
DEA Special Operations Division Special Agent in Charge Christopher T. Tersigni, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman and United States Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced: Moazu Kromah, aka “Ayoub,” aka “Ayuba,” aka “Kampala Man;” Amara Cherif, aka “Bamba Issiaka;” Mansur Mohamed Surur, aka “Mansour;” and Abdi Hussein Ahmed, aka “Abu Khadi,” were charged in an indictment for participating in a conspiracy to traffic in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory, both protected wildlife species, valued at more than $7 million that involved the illegal poaching of more than 35 rhinoceros and more than 100 elephants.
In addition, Kromah, Cherif and Surur were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, and Surur and Ahmed were charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 10 kilograms of heroin: Kromah, a citizen of Liberia, was arrested in Uganda on June 12, 2019, and expelled to the United States. He was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker on June 13, 2019, and detained. Cherif, a citizen of Guinea, was arrested in Senegal on June 7, 2019, and remains in custody in Senegal pending a process through which his extradition, deportation or other lawful removal to the United States is being considered by Senegalese authorities. Surur and Ahmed, both citizens of Kenya, remain fugitives. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Gregory H. Woods.
“DEA’s global investigations with our foreign counterparts often involve transnational criminal networks involved in a wide array of unlawful acts – from drug trafficking to conspiring to commit acts of terror to international money laundering to human trafficking – that undermine the rule of law everywhere,” said Special Agent in Charge Tersigni.“These suspected criminal masterminds not only conspired to traffic huge amounts of heroin to New York, but also directed a multimillion-dollar poaching scheme to traffic in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory – both endangered wildlife species. DEA investigations throughout the world consistently illustrate the lengths and heinous acts these global criminal individuals and networks will commit to further their illicit enterprises.”
“As alleged, these defendants are members of an international conspiracy to traffic in not only heroin but also rhino horns and elephant ivory,” said U.S. Attorney Berman. “The alleged enterprise, responsible for the illegal slaughter of dozens of rhinos and more than 100 elephants, was as destructive to protected species as it was lucrative. The excellent work of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the DEA has put the brakes on an operation that allegedly peddled dead protected species and potentially deadly narcotics.”
“Wildlife trafficking will not be tolerated. It is often intertwined with other major types of criminal activity including conspiracy, smuggling, money laundering and narcotics – all of which are included in the indictment today,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “The U.S. Department of the Interior remains committed to combating the illegal wildlife trade through the END Wildlife Trafficking Act and the President’s Executive Order on Transnational Organized Crime. I would like to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice and others who help bring wildlife traffickers, and other criminals, to justice. Together, we can protect some of the world’s most iconic species while ensuring the safety and livelihood of the American people.”
According to allegations in the unsealed indictment: Kromah, Cherif, Surur and Ahmed were members of a transnational criminal enterprise based in Uganda and surrounding countries that was engaged in the large-scale trafficking and smuggling of rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory, both protected wildlife species. Trade involving endangered or threatened species violates several U.S. laws, as well as international treaties implemented by certain U.S. laws.
From December 2012 through May 2019, Kromah, Cherif, Surur and Ahmed conspired to transport, distribute, sell and smuggle at least approximately 190 kilograms of rhinoceros horns and at least 10 tons of elephant ivory from or involving various countries in East Africa, including Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania, to buyers located in the United States and countries in Southeast Asia.
Typically, the defendants exported and agreed to export the rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory for delivery to foreign buyers, including those represented to be in Manhattan, in packaging that concealed the rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory in, among other things, pieces of art such as African masks and statues. The defendants received and deposited payments from foreign customers that were sent in the form of international wire transfers, some which were sent through U.S. financial institutions, and paid in cash.
Separately, from August 2018 through May 2019, Surur and Ahmed conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than approximately 10 kilograms of heroin to a buyer represented to be located in New York.
Kromah, 49, Cherif, 54, Surur, 59, and Ahmed, 56, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking and two counts of wildlife trafficking, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Kromah, Cherif and Surur are also each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Finally, Surur and Ahmed are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment.
The prosecution of this case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Sagar K. Ravi and Jarrod L. Schaeffer are in charge of the prosecution.
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#AceNewsReport – June.19: 2019: A man has been arrested after a teenager was knifed in the street: The boy was attacked on Stamford Street Central, in Ashton-under-Lyne, at around 2.10pm on Tuesday: He was taken to hospital with ‘slash wounds’ to his back, police said.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident: He is being held on suspicion of section 18 assault and remains in custody.
Photos taken at the scene showed a large area of Stamford Street Central cordoned off: A police car was parked up next to the taped-off area.
Greater Manchester Police continue to investigate……………….
Anyone with information is asked call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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#AceNewsReport – June.19: There is “credible evidence” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and other state officials, are liable for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi embassy in Turkey last year, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions says: Khashoggi killed by Saudi operatives last year in the nation’s Istanbul consulate, and it is widely believed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the slaying, though the crown prince has denied those charges https://ab.co/2MVnFDz
The children of slain journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi have received monthly five-figure payments and million-dollar homes in Saudi Arabia from the kingdom’s government as compensation for the killing of their father, The Washington Post reported Monday: http://bitly.com/2I47DTL
The newspaper also reported they may receive future payments up to tens of millions of dollars apiece as part of ongoing negotiations with the Saudi government, noting that the children have not harshly criticized the Saudi government in the months since the killing: “One source told the Post that King Salman approved the payments late last year in an effort to acknowledge that “a big injustice has been done” and attempt “to make a wrong right.”
“The children each received houses worth up to $4 million each, according to the Post.”
“The Post, citing current and former Saudi Arabian officials as well as members of Khashoggi’s family, reported that its late columnists’ two sons and two daughters are receiving the payments as part of an effort by Saudi Arabia to ensure that they are restrained in public statements about the killing.”
A Saudi official denied to the Post that the compensation was being given in an effort to urge the children to stay silent, saying instead that the payments are in line with the country’s tradition of providing support to victims of crimes: Such support is part of our custom and culture,” the official told the newspaper. “It is not attached to anything else.””
#AceNewsReport – June.19: A Florida man was arrested Monday for human trafficking and attempting to sexually exploit a child: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is investigating this case, with valuable assistance provided by Topeka Police Department.
Evan H. Vollerthum, 35, of Naples, Florida, was arrested Monday for aggravated human trafficking and attempted commercial sexual exploitation of a child: Vollerthum is in custody at the Shawnee County (Kansas) Department of Corrections on the above charges.
This remains an ongoing criminal investigation……..
Recognizing human trafficking indicators is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. HSI encourage the public to report suspected human trafficking to its tip line by calling 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by submitting a tip online at www.ICE.gov/tips. The tip line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
#AceNewsReport – June.19: The couple verbally and in writing told CBP officers that they possessed $10,000. Officers discovered several envelopes in the woman’s carry-on bag that contained a combined $21,920: Officers seized the currency for violating federal currency reporting requirements, then remitted $920 as humanitarian relief and released the couple.
It is perfectly legal to carry large sums of currency in or out of the United States: However, federal law requires that travelers who possess $10,000 or more in currency or other monetary instruments must report it all to a CBP officer at the airport, seaport, or land border crossing when entering or leaving the country.
“Customs and Border Protection officers know that concealed bulk currency is oftentimes proceeds from alleged illicit activity and it may be used to fund transnational criminal organizations,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore. “CBP remains committed to enforcing all of our nation’s laws, including federal currency reporting laws, at our nation’s international ports of entry.”
CBP officers seized a combined $43,269 from two groups of Ghana-bound travelers May 29 and May 30. Read about those seizures here and here.
CBP recently issued travel tips for international travel through Washington Dulles International Airport. Chiefly among those tips is for travelers to truthfully report all currency they possess to a CBP officer during inspection: Consequences for violating U.S. currency reporting laws are severe; penalties may include seizure of most or all of the traveler’s currency, and potential criminal charges.
CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong. On a typical day, CBP seizes an average of about $290,000 in unreported or illicit currency along our nation’s borders. Learn more about what CBP accomplishes during “A Typical Day.“
Travellers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel website to learn more about the CBP admissions process and rules governing travel to and from the U.S: CBP’s border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations.
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