Los Angeles: Two Marijuana Dispensaries Raided by Feds

August 12, 2009 by  
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marijuana-leadLOS ANGELES – Federal and local agents are raiding at least two marijuana dispensaries.

Officials say more than 20 people from various agencies served a state search warrant at around 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Organica Collective in Marina del Rey.

The raid occurred at facilities on Washington Boulevard in Culver City and on Overland Avenue in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police, the FBI and DEA were still searching the distribution center three hours later.

DEA spokesman Jose Martinez says agents also served the warrant at the Overland Gardens Collective in West Los Angeles.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Torrance Police Department and Culver City Police Department took part in the raids.

Authorities will not say what investigators are searching for at either location.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says a residence also was named in the warrant.

Fort Pierce: Jeremy Palacio charged with attempted murder

August 12, 2009 by  
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A St. Lucie County man’s quick reflexes may have saved his life Tuesday night after a man tried to shoot him point blank in the head during a fight at a house party but only grazed his head, according to sheriff’s officials. Deputies arrested two men today in that shooting.

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Jeremy Palacio, 21

Jeremy Palacio, 21, of Fort Pierce, faces attempted murder charges in connection with the shooting of 20-year-old Dereck Gervais in the driveway of a home in the 2800 block of S. Jenkins Road west of Fort Pierce around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Robert Bourbon, 19, of Fort Pierce, was arrested on charges of being an accessory to attempted murder.

Witnesses told deputies they saw Gervais arguing with Palacio in the driveway of the home during the party, then heard the shot and heard Palacio yelling “You all don’t want no more of this.”

A friend drove Gervais to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, where he told deputies that during the argument he felt something pressed against the side of his head and quickly brushed the gun away with his hand just before he heard the shot go off, according to the report. The bullet only grazed his head.

Witnesses told deputies that Bourbon was standing next to Palacio and helped him get away into a car after the shooting, according to the report. Deputies later found the car and interviewed the driver, who told deputies he heard Bourbon and Palacio bragging about the shooting on their cell phones. Later this morning deputies found and arrested Palacio and Bourbon at a home in the 5300 block of Wintergarden Parkway in Fort Pierce.

The two residents of the home, identified by deputies as Christopher Alfonso and Michael Laneve, were arrested on charges of holding an open house party where alcohol was served to minors.

Source: Tcoasttalk.com

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Robert Bourbon

Reward offered for Arm Robber’s Capture

August 12, 2009 by  
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Police have released this sketch of a man wanted in connection with a shooting in West Palm Beach.

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Police Sketch Arm Robber Wanted

Police say Karen Amenita was walking into her office building in the Executive Center Plaza last week when the suspect walked up to her and brandished a handgun, demanding her purse. The suspect shot Amemita in the stomach then fled.

There is a $10,000 dollar reward being offered to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest.

If you recognize the man in the sketch call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

Two men arrested for kidnapping sexual battery on teen

August 9, 2009 by  
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GREENACRES — Two men were arrested Friday for allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old girl, taking her to an apartment and sexually battering her, according to a release from the Greenacres Police Department.

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FILSAIME, PETERSON

The teenager was walking through a development near Jog Road and Cresthaven Boulevard at 6 a.m. Friday when she was grabbed by two men, according to the release. She was taken to a nearby apartment and sexually battered, the release says.

At about 1:30 p.m., Peterson Fils-Aime, 22, walked up to the apartment, then ran away when officers approached him, the release says. He was caught nearby and arrested on charges of marijuana possession, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest.

Hours later, officers searched the apartment and arrested 24-year-old Reginald Fils-Aime, who was inside.

Both men were charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual battery, and taken to the Palm Beach County jail.

Boynton woman arrested wanted husband dead

August 5, 2009 by  
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BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Boynton Beach Police have charged a woman in a murder-for-hire plot. The intended target was her husband.

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According to police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater, Dalia Dippolito is charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

This morning, Dalia received a phone call while working out at the gym. When she got home she found police crime tape around her townhouse, with a crime scene technician dusting for fingerprints.

A Boynton Beach detective then informed her that her husband was the victim of a murder and was dead. Slater says Dalia collapsed into the sergeant’s arms and sobbed.

Dippolito was then taken to police headquarters where she came face-to-face with the man police said was the killer, who shot her husband twice in the head.

It turns out that “killer” was actually an undercover police officer. She then learned her husband was actually alive in the next room.

The crime began on Friday night, when Boynton Beach police received information from a confidential informant who said that Dippolito wanted to hire someone to kill her husband of six months.

On Saturday afternoon, police say she and the confidential informant met in a car at Mobil gas station on Gateway Boulevard to make the arrangements.

During the conversation, police say she gave the confidential informant a down payment of $1,200 for the hit man to buy a handgun to be used as the murder weapon. She also provided photos of her husband and their home. Police say she asked when the murder was going to happen and offered to get her hair done in Boca Raton to create an alibi.

She also spoke about how she would deny her involvement and provide police false information and names to keep the investigation away from her, according to police.

Police say before leaving the car, she asked if this was a “solid deal” and said she didn’t want to hear any excuses later about why it did not happen.

On Monday afternoon, Dippolito met with an undercover BBPD officer posing as the hired hit man in the parking lot of a CVS. During this encounter, the undercover agent asked if she was sure she wanted him killed.

Dippolito laughed and said, “I will be very happy.” She agreed to pay him $3,000 when the job was done, according to police.

The undercover officer asked her one more time if she was sure about having her husband killed. She responded, “I’m not going to change my mind. I am 5,000% sure I want it done. When I set my mind to something, I get it done,” police said.

Source: wptv.com

Watch here as Boynton Beach Police inform Dalia Dippolito that her husband is dead. The twist – Dippolito paid an undercover Boynton Beach Police Officer to have him killed. She soon learns that her husband is very much alive and she’s being charged with soliciation to commit first-degree murder.

Broward deputy charged with fourteen felony counts

August 4, 2009 by  
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The Broward County Sheriff has announced the arrest of a sheriff’s deputy on fourteen felony counts including sexual battery in a position of control or authority, armed kidnapping, stalking and battery.

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Jonathan Bleiweiss

Sheriff Al Lamberti says the deputy “betrayed his badge and abused his power.”

Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss has been with Broward County Sheriff’s Department since 2002.

The Sheriff says Bleiweiss was targeting undocumented immigrants while on patrol in uniform, armed, in his patrol car.

According to the Sheriff, Deputy Bleiweiss would search for his victims, pull them over, and sexually batter them.

Sheriff Lamberti says the investigation began when an employer of one of the victims came forward with the allegations. Fort Lauderdale PD was contacted by an attorney and then notified BSO’s Sex Crimes Unit when they realized the incidents happened in Oakland Park.

The Sheriff’s Office says there are several victims and believes there are more.

In one case an adult male victim was waiting outside an apartment complex in Oakland Park for a ride to work. That’s when Sheriff Lamberti says Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss approached in a marked BSO patrol car and requested his identification.

The victim told BSO Sex Crimes detectives that Deputy Bleiweiss placed him against the patrol unit and during the pat down placed his hand inside the victim’s underwear and groped him.

Investigators said during that encounter Dep. Bleiweiss demanded the victim’s cell phone number and proceeded to call and send him text messages. Similar sexual encounters continued until June.

The Sheriff’s Office wants victims to come forward and are urged to call Detective Graciela Benito at (954) 321-4249.

Bleiweiss is remains in BSO custody. He is currently suspended without pay and being held without bond, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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