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By Hanah Cho and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2012
Vendors at the Patapsco Flea Market have a history of allegedly selling counterfeit and pirated merchandise, according to an affidavit, which outlined the latest accusation that resulted in a raid Sunday by federal Homeland Security Investigations special agents. Capping a 2 1/2-year-long investigation into counterfeit apparel and accessories as well as pirated DVDs and musical recordings, federal investigators confiscated numerous items being sold there. Federal authorities released few details about the raid, but the affidavit details several undercover operations that found that many of the items sold at the flea market were fake.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the criminal investigation division of the IRS were seen inside the former Alex Brown Building at One South Street on Wednesday afternoon.  An IRS agent appeared to be standing guard inside the lobby near the left elevator. Joy Cuffee, a Special Agent with the IRS, said that agents were there on "official business" and declined to elaborate. DEA Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle confirmed his office was also involved, but also declined to say why or what business or individual was being investigated.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the criminal investigation division of the IRS were seen inside the former Alex Brown Building at One South Street on Wednesday afternoon.  An IRS agent appeared to be standing guard inside the lobby near the left elevator. Joy Cuffee, a Special Agent with the IRS, said that agents were there on "official business" and declined to elaborate. DEA Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle confirmed his office was also involved, but also declined to say why or what business or individual was being investigated.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The nightclub insurer promised to fight for its clients - its promotional material shows a man socked in the face with a boxing glove. But founder Jeffrey B. Cohen fights everything. He went after competitors, clients, former employees and even neighbors, filing dozens of lawsuits around the country. The Reisterstown man once sought a restraining order to keep a rival company from attending an adult industry convention. Now Cohen, 39, faces the biggest fight of his life - his company, Indemnity Insurance Corp., was seized by regulators, and federal agents said in court documents that he appears to have been plotting to attack a judge.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
The directions to the alleged brothel told the men that if they saw a house with green awnings, they'd gone too far. But some of them apparently misunderstood; would-be customers have shown up for years at the nearby house in Towson. Despite neighbors' complaints, police say, Di Zhang, 42, continued to operate the brothel from a white Colonial-style suburban home on Joppa Road, advertising on websites until this month, when county police and federal agents moved in. Neighbors said they weren't surprised to learn that Zhang, the operator of Jade Heart Health, had been charged with prostitution and human trafficking.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
A man taking a series of photographs on a MARC train in Odenton on Tuesday morning was briefly detained by federal agents after raising concerns among fellow passengers. The man, who has not been identified, turned out to be a self-described "train enthusiast" who represented no danger, said 1 s t Sgt. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, which assisted in the short-lived investigation. Just after 8 a.m., the No. 419 train made its stop in the Odenton MARC Station just as the station was being checked by a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR)
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | June 22, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A guard opened fire at a federal prison yesterday as federal agents tried to arrest him and five others in a sex-with-inmates scandal, sparking a gunfight that left him and an Orlando agent dead. Agents shot and killed Ralph Hill, 43, a guard for about 12 years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee. William 'Buddy' Sentner, 44, a special agent with the Justice Department's inspector general office who worked in Coleman, died in the exchange of bullets.
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By James Bock and Dail Willis and James Bock and Dail Willis,SUN STAFFSun staff writer Scott Higham contributed to this article | August 30, 1996
SALISBURY -- Relatives of 107 suspected illegal immigrants kept vigil yesterday outside the Wicomico County Detention Center as federal agents interviewed workers picked up Wednesday morning in raids on two Eastern Shore poultry processing plants.Neither family members nor reporters were allowed to speak with the workers, who were taken from the Allen Family Foods plants in Cordova and Hurlock by federal immigration agents and held at the jail here.Orlando Fuentes, 25, a Guatemalan who works at an Easton golf course, said that if his Mexican wife, Carmela, 24, is sent home, he will probably ask that their two sons, both U.S. citizens, be sent along with her."
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1998
Eleven suspected illegal immigrants who were digging ditches and fixing mulch beds in Columbia were arrested yesterday morning in Oakland Mills village by federal agents.Ten of the suspects were being questioned last night at the Baltimore office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, according to INS spokesman John Shallman.A Mexican juvenile was released last night into the custody of local family members, while another juvenile was being held at the INS office, Shallman said.Agents arrested 10 workers along Thunder Hill Road, south of Route 175, about 11 a.m., after receiving a tip about illegals in the area, Shallman said.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2011
For weeks, federal agents say, they had Antonio Martinez under surveillance, watching as he pulled up jihadist videos on computers in Baltimore County libraries and posted Facebook messages urging holy war on nonbelievers. The agents tracked his every move, the hours he spent staring at the screen, his comings and goings. On Dec. 7, the night before Martinez — he prefers the name Muhammad Hussain — embarked on what the agents say was an attempt to attack the Armed Forces Career Center in Catonsville, he wrote via Facebook to a man he believed was helping him but who was an undercover FBI agent.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
The founder of an embattled Sparks-based insurance company appears to have been plotting to kill a Delaware judge overseeing the liquidation of his business, recording himself on a trip to scout out his targets and acquiring a cache of weapons, federal authorities allege in court filings. Jeffrey B. Cohen, 39, of Reisterstown was arrested last month after he was indicted on charges that he schemed to make it appear that his company, Indemnity Insurance Corp., which insured bars and nightclubs, had millions of dollars in cash it did not possess.
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By Justin Fenton and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
FBI agents fatally shot a man Friday afternoon in a busy commercial area of Owings Mills, the bureau and Baltimore County police confirmed. The shooting happened around 4:45 p.m. in the 9700 block of Reisterstown Road on an access road to a shopping complex housing a Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, among other businesses. No details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting were provided, and the man who died was not identified. The FBI said a shoot review team from headquarters was at the scene to conduct the investigation.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
A man taking a series of photographs on a MARC train in Odenton on Tuesday morning was briefly detained by federal agents after raising concerns among fellow passengers. The man, who has not been identified, turned out to be a self-described "train enthusiast" who represented no danger, said 1 s t Sgt. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, which assisted in the short-lived investigation. Just after 8 a.m., the No. 419 train made its stop in the Odenton MARC Station just as the station was being checked by a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR)
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Dan Rodricks | December 28, 2013
The 1970s corruption investigation known as Abscam, celebrated in "American Hustle," one of the holiday season's hottest movies, had its roots in Baltimore. It was in Charm City that the FBI tested the sting-style operation that marked Abscam as a particularly theatrical and effective form of undercover investigation. Baltimore FBI agents later trained those who carried out the Abscam sting. Abscam famously featured FBI agents posing as Arab sheiks, along with an accomplished con artist (played by Christian Bale in "American Hustle")
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun and By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
An Ellicott City man who ran unsuccessfully for the Howard County Board of Education three times was sentenced Monday in federal court for impersonating a Secret Service agent in what lawyers on both sides agreed was a "sad" case. Robert D. Ballinger II, 47, who pleaded guilty to one criminal offense in September, was ordered to serve two years of probation and 200 hours of community service after making an emotional appeal to U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett. "I've made a big mistake in my life," said Ballinger, a former spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment who ran for school board in 2004, 2010 and 2012, advancing to the general election on his last two runs.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Call them port discoveries. Federal agents intercepted dozens of animal skeletons at the port of Baltimore in recent weeks because they "pose a potential threat to the United States poultry industry," according to the Department of Homeland Security. Separately, a rugged four-wheel-drive truck seized in April was destroyed Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Chicken skeletons, found in display cases that had been imported from China, were found along with microscopes, test tubes, thermometers and other animal skeletons - of fish, rats, snakes and bats - and appeared to be educational materials, officials said.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2012
Imean Shaheed was working last Sunday when federal agents rushed into the Patapsco Flea Market, announced over the loudspeaker that the bazaar was closed for business and shut down vendors selling knockoff Nikes, Louis Vuitton bags and Tiffany & Co. jewelry. "It was like the movies," the 20-year-old Shaheed said Saturday after the Cherry Hill flea market re-opened. Some booths were empty, but the parking lot was full and customers flocked to vendors such as Shaheed who were open for business.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Federal agents and local law enforcement agencies in Maryland and across the country have arrested more than 250 men and a handful of women in a month-long operation targeting "child predators" who are part of a "disturbing trend" of adults connecting with children online and then abusing them, federal officials announced Monday. Five of those arrested were from Maryland, including Christopher Barnes, 53, who law enforcement officials said lives in Anne Arundel County and was arrested in Rockville on June 20 after allegedly arranging to meet who he believed was a 13-year-old girl for sex. State court records give Barnes' address as being in the 2400 block of Boston Street in Baltimore.
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June 23, 2013
So that's how you get reluctant Republican senators on board with immigration reform. You do it the old-fashioned way: You pay for it. By committing a stunning $30 billion to secure the nation's Southern border, hiring thousands of federal agents, committing to the construction of 700 miles of fencing and taking other measures normally associated with securing a combat zone in a time of war, the Senate may have just bought itself a veto-proof majority....
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