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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2010
John Robert Skelton displayed callous efficiency, according to authorities, as he assumed the identity of a deceased aide to a United States senator. The native of Great Britain scoured the Internet, chose a person with an English-sounding name, obtained his college transcripts and memorized an alternate life story. He got a birth certificate, a Maryland driver's license and a United States passport in the name of Kurt Branham, with an address on Wheeling Street in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1997
In one of the largest drug cases in Maryland history, a South Florida man who conspired to move more than a ton of cocaine worth $25 million through Baltimore was convicted of drug-conspiracy charges in federal court yesterday.After several hours of deliberations over two days, jurors found Luis Francisco Alba, 49, of Miami guilty of conspiring to distribute cocaine from South America in steel chemical drums to the Dundalk Marine Terminal and then a warehouse in East Baltimore.Alba faces a minimum 10-year prison term and a maximum of life without parole when he is sentenced Oct. 17 by U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2001
Investigations in the Sept. 11 terrorism and the anthrax attacks that followed have federal agents in Maryland stretched so thin that they say fewer federal crimes are being investigated - at least for now. Officials say many of the 200 FBI agents assigned to Maryland and Delaware have been working full time on terrorism since Sept. 11 and have been drawn off cases they usually investigate, which range from white-collar crime to child pornography. "When Sept. 11 first happened, pretty much everybody was working on terrorism.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 26, 1999
AUSTIN, Texas -- A figure in the mysterious disappearance of atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair was ordered held without bond yesterday after being arrested the day before on federal weapons charges.David R. Waters, 52, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Stephen Capelle after federal agents raided his Austin apartment and confiscated more than 100 rounds of ammunition."Federal firearms charges are being filed against Mr. Waters based on ammunition seized at his residence," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerald Carruth in Austin.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 10, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The siege goes on. The bills roll in.Guns and ammo? No problem, they bring their own. It's the klieg ZTC lights and dog food that start to add up.Not to mention the $109,000 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shelled out for "aircraft and supplies."Even the federal bean counters have a role to play in the standoff in Waco, Texas.As the stalemate between the Branch Davidian cult and federal agents dragged past the midpoint of its second week, details emerged yesterday of just how dearly David Koresh is making the U.S. government pay.More than $1 million so far. Possibly millions more.
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March 1, 1994
The verdicts in the murder cases against survivors of the Waco disaster are fittingly ambiguous. None of the 11 defendants was convicted of the more serious murder and conspiracy charges, but five were found guilty of something called aiding and abetting voluntary manslaughter. This acknowledges that four federal agents were killed in the first attempt to storm the Branch Davidian stronghold in Texas a year ago. But it leaves unresolved the question who was really at fault.In no way can the violent deaths of lawmen be condoned.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1996
An Arundel High School teacher charged last month with using the Internet to obtain child pornography has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 13 counts of illegal trafficking and importation of pornography.Bruce Edward McDade, 47, was indicted Monday on eight counts of distributing and five counts of receiving "a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct mailed, shipped and transported in interstate commerce," according to the U.S. District Court clerk's office in Greenbelt.
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By Newsday | September 27, 1991
NEW YORK -- Dandeny Munoz-Mosquera may be one of the world's busiest hired killers, but not too busy for a leisurely afternoon at Disneyland.That was just one of Munoz-Mosquera's many stops during a trip the United States that apparently had spanned 12 days before it was abruptly interrupted Wednesday night by his arrest on a Queens street corner, according to federal officials tracking him for nearly two weeks.Munoz-Mosquera -- who federal agents say may have killed or arranged the murders of more than 40 police officers, judges and politicians for the Medellin drug cartel in his native Colombia -- was in the city to commit murder, according to Drug Enforcement Administration agents and court papers filed in Brooklyn.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 24, 1995
HYDER, Ariz. -- William Marks was a prime suspect when he was hooked up to a polygraph machine and interrogated by federal agents in connection with the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train near this desert community.During hours of questioning by agents who "stared into my eyes the whole time," Mr. Marks was told that someone had implicated him in the sabotage of a trestle that sent the Sunset Limited crashing into a ravine Oct. 9, killing one person and injuring 78.He also was asked about his gun collection, night-vision rifle scope and whether he knew anyone who hated the federal government.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | September 20, 1996
Seventy of the 86 suspected illegal immigrants arrested Tuesday in a raid on a Kent County nursery will be voluntarily deported today, according to the Baltimore director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, who yesterday defended the conduct of his agents during the operation.The 70 Mexican citizens will be flown on a government charter, due to leave Baltimore-Washington International Airport about 1 p.m., to Harlingen, Texas, where they will board a bus and be transported across the border, said Benedict J. Ferro, head of the INS office in Baltimore.
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