Al Qaeda Supporter Arrested for Plotting Attacks on D.C.-Area Metro Stations
Ashburn, Virginia resident Farooque Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, was arrested today for attempting to assist others whom he believed to be members of al Qaeda in planning multiple bombings at Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C. area.
FBI Opens Investigation Into Three Shootings in Northern Virginia
The FBI announced today that it has opened an investigation into three shootings that have occurred in Northern Virginia since October 17, 2010.
Investigative evidence has confirmed that shots fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia involved a single weapon. Ballistics testing is underway for an overnight shooting that took place on October 25 or October 26 at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, Virginia.
GlaxoSmithKline to Plead Guilty, Pay $750 Million
A subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline, PLC, has agreed to plead guilty to charges relating to the manufacture and distribution of certain adulterated drugs made at the company's now-closed manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico. The drugs, manufactured at the plant between 2001 and 2005, are Kytril, Bactroban, Paxil CR, and Avandamet.
Forged Andrew Wyeth Painting Seized
The FBI Wilmington Resident Agency and the FBI Art Crime Team seized a forgery of Andrew Wyeth’s “Snow Birds.” The fraudulent painting had been placed for sale at a major auction house in New York. Initial estimates placed its value at between $300,000 and $500,000. The actual “Snow Birds” painting was painted by Andrew Wyeth in 1970.
The seizure was announced yesterday by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, who also discussed the seizure of Mesopotamian antiquities from a California antiquities dealer.
Director Addresses Chiefs of Police
In comments at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Orlando, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller gave a brief overview of the current terrorist threat: "Nine years ago, al Qaeda was our primary concern. Today, we still confront the prospect of a large-scale attack by al Qaeda central. But we also face a growing threat from al Qaeda affiliates, from the attempted Christmas Day bombing by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to the failed Times Square bombing by TTP, a militant group in Pakistan.
Al Qaeda and its affiliates may also attempt smaller attacks that require less planning and fewer operational steps—attacks that may be more difficult to detect and to prevent. Threats from homegrown terrorists are also of great concern. These individuals are harder to detect, easily able to connect with other extremists on the Internet, and—in some instances—highly capable operationally. For these reasons, terrorism is and must remain the FBI’s top priority. But it is by no means our only priority."
Latent Hit of the Year
Each year we highlight a cold case that was solved through analysis of latent fingerprints. The 2010 Hit of the Year recognizes a 1972 case in San Diego. A man was stabbed more than 50 times in his home. His house had been ransacked, and his car was stolen. the San Diego Police Department reopened the case in 2008. Latent prints helped lead them to a suspect in Texas, who ultimately pleaded guilty to the crime.
Prison Sentence for Supporting Taliban
A Pakistani national who entered the U.S. on a student visa has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing firearms and conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban. An FBI undercover investigation revealed that Adan Mirza, 33, and others intended to send funds to the Taliban and had engaged in weekend training and practice sessions in Houston in 2006 to prepare for “jihad.”
Postal Worker Guilty for Gambling Ring
James Washington was found guilty in federal court in New York of conspiring to operate an illegal gambling business throughout U.S. Postal Service facilities and other government workplaces. Records show Washington, along with several co-conspirators, operated a "Lotto"-type gambling business that tracked New York State Lotto drawings and paid out on a monthly basis prizes in the range of $100,000 and more.