Morning Security Brief: Drug Smuggling, FBI Most Wanted List, Charges in Trayvon Martin Case, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The Department of Homeland Security is seeing an increase in the number of cases of job seekers unknowingly transporting drugs across the border. In the past year, border agents have recorded 39 cases where people have been arrested for smuggling cocaine or marijuana they didn’t know was in their vehicle after answering job ads seeking individuals with proper paperwork to cross the border. U.S. law enforcement has been unsuccessful at finding the source of the ads and the drugs, so agents have placed ads of their own in Mexican newspapers warning that job offers that involve driving a vehicle into the United States could be traps.

►In the first addition to the list since 2009, a schoolteacher, Eric Justin Toth, who is wanted on child pornography charges has replaced Osama bin Laden in the FBI’s top 10 most wanted. “The choice is more complicated than simply finding a violent criminal who has committed a high-profile crime. In recent years, bureau officials have also tried to select other dangerous fugitives who may have been hiding in plain sight but could be recognized by the public because they have distinctive physical features,” the New York Times reports. Since the FBI started using the list in 1950, 464 of 494 on the list have been caught. The FBI said it doesn’t just look for high profile cases, and occasionally “breaks the mold” by adding people based on distinct physical features.

►A special prosecutor in Florida has charged George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teen earlier this year, with second degree murder on Wednesday. Zimmerman turned himself in Wednesday without incident. Police originally declined to charge Zimmerman based on his account of self-defense. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.

►In other news, better diagnosis has led to a spike in the number of cases of traumatic brain injury among U.S. troops in Afghanistan. ♦ States that aren’t compliant with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act are being threatened with a 10 percent cut of federal funding from the Justice Department.♦ And an infographic by tries to explain “why TSA is a waste of money.”


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