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Mexican cartel now targeting cops at their homes

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Mexican drug cartel members have recently taken to targeting police officers in their homes — then torturing and killing them, according to a disturbing new report.

The Jalisco cartel has vowed to wipe out members of an elite law enforcement force known as the Tactical Group in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

The cartel even had a banner printed up and hung from a building in Guanajuato city that declared: “If you want war, you’ll get a war. We have already shown that we know where you are. We are coming for all of you.”

“For each member of our firm (CJNG) that you arrest, we are going to kill two of your Tacticals, wherever they are, at their homes, in their patrol vehicles,” the message continued, referring to the cartel by its Spanish initials.

The cartel started kidnapping members of the Tactical Group and torturing them into giving up the names and addresses of their fellow officers, according to the AP.

State officials have not confirmed how many officers have been killed in this way, but Guanajuato-based news cooperative Poplab told the wire service at least seven police officers have been killed on their days off so far in 2021.

The most recent confirmed killing happened May 27, when an officer was kidnapped, killed, and his body dumped on a highway. But perhaps the most shocking violence was in January, when gunmen went to the home of a female state police officer, killed her husband, dragged her away, tortured her and dumped her bullet-ridden body.

According to Poplab, an average of about 75 state police officers have been killed in Guanajuato state each year since 2018 — more than are killed by gunfire or other assaults on average each year in the entire United States, which has 50 times Guanajuato’s population.

Earlier this month, state officials announced that they would fund “protection mechanisms” to the hope of preventing further killings.

“[O]rganized crime groups have shown up at the homes of police officers, which poses a threat and a greater risk of loss of life, not just for them, but for members of their families,” reads a May 17 decree announcing the move.

“They have been forced to quickly leave their homes and move, so that organized crimes groups cannot find them.”

The stepped-up violence is the latest headache for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office in December 2018 promising to give the cartels “hugs, not bullets,” a reference to his policy of addressing social problems like youth unemployment that he says contribute to gang membership.

In October 2019, López Obrador ordered the release of Ovidio Guzmán López, son of notorious Sinaloa Cartel capo Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, after hundreds of cartel members attacked civil and military targets in the city of Culiacán. López Obrador defended his order, saying it was to prevent the loss of innocent life.

With Post wires

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New Hampshire bar patron leaves staff $16K tip

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A New Hampshire bar patron who ordered two chili dogs, fried pickle chips and drinks earlier this month left the staff a whopping $16,000 tip, according to reports.

The generous tip, which was tacked onto a $37.93 tab, was left by a man at the Stumble Inn Bar and Grill in Londonderry on June 12, WMUR reported.

“Don’t spend it all in one place,” the tipper, who wished to remain anonymous, told his shocked bartender, according to the bar’s owner, Mike Zarella.

“That’s what made her flip it over and look, and she’s like, ‘Oh my god, are you serious?,” Zarella said.

The bar’s owner, Mike Zarella, said he thought the customer may have made a mistake, but the man reassured him he meant to leave that amount.

“He just said that they deserve it, they work very hard,” Zarella said, referring to his workers.

Zarella told Fox News that the bar and kitchen staff split the tip.

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Virginia woman used inmate names to help $700k pandemic relief scheme

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Virginia woman used inmate names to help $700k pandemic relief scheme

A Virgina woman stole nearly $700,000 in pandemic relief funds — using the personal information of unsuspecting prison inmates to help her scheme, according to federal prosecutors.

Farren Ricketts, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to defraud the government from May 2020 to February 2021 by filing over 100 fake pandemic unemployment benefit claims, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Virginia.

As part of the scheme, Ricketts created a state-registered business that billed itself as a financial services company that provided help with completing pandemic unemployment claims, the feds said.

Ricketts even filed fraudulent claims for her husband, who in actuality was ineligible to receive the payments, prosecutors said.

Many of the claims were also accompanied by doctored IRS forms that falsely reported pre-pandemic income, according to prosecutors.

Ricketts pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, one count of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Her sentencing is scheduled for October 29.

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Graham calls cartels, Taliban, China ‘winners’ in Biden administration

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accused the Biden administration Tuesday of practicing “incompetent domestic and foreign policy” that is only benefitting criminals and US adversaries.

“All these policies are blowing up in the Biden-Harris administration’s face,” Graham told Fox News’ “Hannity”. “Six months since they’ve been in charge — let’s name the winners in the past six months.

“Drug cartels in Mexico, human traffickers and coyotes in Mexico, the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Iranian ayatollah, Russia, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and China have all been the biggest winners of incompetent domestic and foreign policy,” the senator added.

The Department of Homeland Security is set to announce Wednesday that thousands of asylum-seekers whose claims were dismissed due to failure to appear in immigration court will get a chance to come to the US make their case, a move Graham described as another example of the White House being “incompetent and foolish when it comes to managing illegal immigration.”

Turning to the coronavirus pandemic, Graham called for a revival of federal legislation that would allow Americans to sue the Chinese government for damages.

“I think I could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the virus came from a lab, not from a bat to animal into human beings … You can convict somebody in a court of law,” Graham told host Sean Hannity.

“So what do we need to do? We need to allow the American people to go to an American court and sue the Chinese Communist Party for ruining their lives and their businesses by waiving sovereign immunity like we did after 9/11 for Saudi Arabia,” the South Carolinian continued. “So I’m going to challenge my Democratic colleagues to open the American court system up so we can get to the bottom of what happened in China.

“The best way to get to the truth is to have a trial over where it came from and how it got to America, and I’m convinced this came from a lab leak,” Graham added. “I don’t think it was intentional, but it didn’t come from nature.”

A bill waiving sovereign immunity for China was introduced last year by then-Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee but died without receiving a floor vote.

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