The Marine Corps Exchange at Quantico (Photo: Valerie OBerry)
An FBI attorney was arrested in Feb. 2018 after she was seen placing "numerous cosmetic items" into her purse while shopping at the Marine Corps Exchange in Quantico, Va., according to a Department of Justice investigative summary and a spokeswoman for the base.
Soldiers of the 595th Sapper Company walk along a section of the border fence they have been attaching concertina wire to near Campo, Calif., March 7, 2018. (U.S. Army/Capt. Edwin Martinez)
When federal law enforcement officials last year began collecting dossiers on mostly American journalists, activists and lawyers in Tijuana involved with the migrant caravan, one part of their investigation focused on an alleged plot by a drug cartel to sell guns to protesters, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report.
A Dec. 18, 2018, document from the FBI, obtained by the Union-Tribune, specifies an alleged plan for activists to purchase guns from a "Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander," or Ivan Riebeling.
The protesters wanted to "stage an armed rebellion at the border," the FBI reported to dozens of federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico.
Iran President Hassan Rouhani (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
They seemed an unlikely pair of spies.
The older man, Majid Ghorbani, worked at a posh Persian restaurant in Santa Ana's South Coast Village Plaza. At 59, he wore a thick gray mustache and the weary expression of a man who had served up countless plates of rice and kebab.
The younger man, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar, was a Long Beach native who held dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship. Round-faced and bespectacled, the 38-year-old answered to the Farsi nickname "Topol," or "Chubby."
Yet even as the men sipped coffee at a Costa Mesa Starbucks, chatted outside an Irvine market, or made trips to Macy's at South Coast Plaza, they were doggedly trailed by federal agents.
MINNEAPOLIS — Federal authorities are offering up to $3 million for help arresting an Iranian national who has been on the run for eight years since an indictment accused him of illegally procuring technology from Minnesota that was fashioned into roadside bombs used to target U.S. military personnel in Iraq.