Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Darnell Antonio Parker sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.
A man formerly from Arlington has been sentenced to 19 years and 7 months in prison for charges related to a plan to distribute more than 5kg of cocaine and money laundering. Darnell Antonio Parker, 43, pled guilty in December and must also forfeit $375,000 of assets, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Parker operated primarily in DC and Maryland selling “large amounts of cocaine,” the FBI announced, between 2010 and 2012. Parker was arrested in March 2012 after the FBI and DC Metropolitan Police Department Safe Streets Task Force conducted surveillance on Parker. When searched following the surveillance operation, police found secret compartments inside Parker’s Honda Accord that contained drugs. They also found $17,000 in…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The visit was part of an ongoing investigation, according to USA Today.
FBI officials visited the Arlington home of David Petraeus on Friday as part of an ongoing investigation, USA Today reported. The newspaper reported that the visit was part of an investigation into the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s biographer Paula Broadwell. The FBI is investigating whether Broadwell, who had an affair with the retired general, had access to classified documents, according to USA Today. Read more about the investigation on USA Today’s website.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The agency is launching a national website highlighting unidentified bank robbers from around the country.
The FBI has launched a national website dedicated to identifying unknown bank robbers from the bureau's 56 field offices, and it includes one Arlington incident. The site, bankrobbers.fbi.gov, allows the public to search by the unknown robber’s nickname, robbery location and the date of the robbery. Each bank robbery is plotted on a Google map of the United States that can be viewed down to the street level. The FBI wants to remove the threat of violence from financial institutions in our region by identifying and holding accountable those who commit these robberies, the agency said in a news release. A search of the database lists a robbery in December 2012 in Arlington – at the Bank of America at 3600 S. Glebe Road. They also list two …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Authorities would not disclose the nature of the investigation.
The FBI was out “doing some law enforcement activity” in Arlington County today, officials said. “It was this morning, I believe we are clearing the scene shortly,” said Lindsay Godwin, spokeswoman for the Washington Field Office of the FBI. Godwin would not disclose the exact locations or nature of the investigations. She did say that agents were in Rosslyn and another location in Arlington County.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Police Chief Doug Scott: No ties to terror organizations found so far.
The lunch rush crowd at Ballston Common Mall — and Arlington County in general — was "really, really lucky" last week that a Molotov cocktail thrown into the mall's food court failed to explode, Police Chief Doug Scott said Tuesday. Scott, reporting to the Arlington County Board, told elected officials that the crude incendiary device — which has been described as a brown glass bottle that contained a flammable liquid and a cluster of matches — had a lit fuse when it was thrown from an upper level of the mall Thursday. The bottle hit the inside of the building as it fell toward the food court, knocking the lit fuse out of it, Scott said. "Had the lit fuse made it all the way down, we would have almost certainly had a fire," he said. The …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The incident spawned a four-hour mall and road closure.
Update (10:50 a.m.): Authorities have charged 29-year-old Leon A. Traille in Thursday's incident at the Ballston Mall. Traille has been charged with reckless endangerment, attempted malicious bodily injury by use of fire, and use of fire bomb. He has no fixed address, according to police. He is expected to make an appearance in Arlington County Court this afternoon. Federal charges are expected to be brought against Traille in the immediate future. ~ Original Article: Ballston Common Mall was on lockdown for four hours Thursday after a man threw a Molotov cocktail into the mall’s food court. Though the device did not ignite, the incident spawned hours of road closures and an investigation by multiple local and federal authorities. “We want…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Group allegedly smuggled cocaine into Northern Virginia, wired money to South America
An Arlington man allegedly acted as one of four leaders of a cocaine ring that smuggled the drug into Northern Virginia, distributed it across the East Coast and wired more than $1 million back to suppliers in Honduras over several years. Twenty-eight people were charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine in connection with the case, the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced Wednesday. The charge carries a minimum mandatory of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Peter Carr said. Samuel Benitez-Pineda, also known as "Wilfredo Benitez," "Roque" or "Chiripa," 34, of Arlington, was named in the case as one of four …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Federal officials executed search warrants on South Randolph Street on Friday following the arrest of 29-year-old Amine El Khalifi.
A 29-year-old immigrant from Morocco who was in the United States illegally was arrested Friday as he was on his way into the U.S. Capitol to shoot people and detonate a suicide bomb, according to federal documents. Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against property that is owned and used by the United States. El Khalifi believed he would be acting on behalf of al-Qaida, and on Jan. 15 changed his original plan to attack a restaurant frequented by high-ranking military officers to martyrdom at the U.S. Capitol, according to federal documents. “This individual allegedly followed a twisted, radical ideology that is not representative of the Muslim community …
Friday, August 5, 2011
FBI said three men caught in undercover operation to thwart thefts on Metro
The FBI said Friday that three men working at local shopping mall cell phone kiosks have been indicted for purchasing stolen iPhones and other products and selling them for profit. Two of the men, Farid Ahmad, a.k.a. “Fred,” 33, and Naeem Ahmad, 31, of Woodbridge worked at PCC Wireless at Fashion Centre in Arlington, phone kiosks at Potomac Mills Mall and other locations in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. The FBI charged the Ahmad brothers with a "three-count indictment accused of conspiracy, the purchase, receipt and possession of electronics stolen from an interstate carrier, and receipt of stolen goods," said a release. The maximum penalties for the two substantive offenses involving the purchase, receipt, and possession of the stolen…