Larry Mitchell Hopkins was arrested last week and charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. 69-year old Hopkins is the leader of a militia group operating in New Mexico. Hopkins’ group, The United Constitutional Patriots operate out of Sunland Park, New Mexico, bordering El Paso, Texas, and Chihuahua State, Mexico.
NBC 2 WGRZ (WGRZ) out of Buffalo NY, reported, Mitchell’s group claims to have set up shop along the border fence about two months ago to report illegal crossings of migrants and possible smugglers to the U.S. Border Patrol. The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Governor of New Mexico to open an investigation into the group after watching The United Constitutional Patriots Facebook stream. The stream showed the group, armed with guns, detaining migrants and ordering them to sit on the ground at gunpoint. The American Civil Liberties Union found the group’s activities to be dangerous. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas agreed.
“The rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.” Balderas said.
A closer look into the leader’s background revealed that Hopkins was a convicted felon prohibited from carrying a firearm. A visit to his home in 2017 uncovered 9 firearms and ammunition. Hopkins had three prior convictions dating back to 1996. One for impersonating a police officer in Oregon. The F.B.I began investigating Hopkins himself, after getting reports that Hopkins was at the head of a group that were training to assassinate Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, and George Soros. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Hopkins is a well known right-wing figure. Using his pseudonym, Johnny Horton Jr., Hopkins appeared in videos claiming to have advised President Trump on border security. Hopkins faces a maximum 10-years in prison if convicted on the charges.
A man born in Texas who rose to the very top of the drug-trafficking food chain in Mexico, has been sentenced to 50-years in prison and ordered to forfeit over $192 million.
The Guardian (@guardian) reported, Edgar Valdez Villarreal a.k.a. “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to 49 years and one month in federal prison on Monday. He was also ordered to forfeit over $192 million. The feds estimate of the value of the cocaine Barbie trafficked into the US.
Valdez was accused of bringing truckloads of coke into the US from Mexico. And bringing truckloads of money into Mexico that came from the US.
Valdez was arrested in Mexico in 2010. In September of 2015 Valdez was extradited to the United States along with 13 co-defendants. Valdez pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, money laundering, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine charges in January of 2016.
Valdez was born in Laredo, Texas, along the Mexico border. Valdez was a middle class kid whose father was a nightclub owner. Valdez started selling drugs as a low-level street dealer when he was still in high school. He ended up rising to the top of the ranks in the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) during the era when the gang’s leaders were associated with Juan “El Chapo” Guzman and the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to prosecutors.
The United States may very well be at the beginning of a trade war with multiple countries. A trade war that will likely get worse before it even looks like it wants to get any better. A trade war that will likely have a drastic impact on some of the products every day Americans go to the store to buy daily.
BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) reports, Donald Trump will level steel and aluminum tariffs on three of the United States’ closest trading partners at midnight on Thursday, overruling his own party and stoking fears of a trade war.
American consumers will almost certainly be hit with higher prices due to the tariffs. Some major industries are already warning of mass layoffs due to the increased costs and retaliation from trading partners.
Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross announced today that the exemptions that had been placed on Canada, Mexico, and the EU that excluded them from United States tariffs until March, would now take place at midnight on Thursday. Mexico has already announced counter-tariffs on the United States. They will target American steel as well as food items like pork, sausage, apples, grapes, blueberries, and cheese. The EU has also said that it has “no choice” but to impose counter-measures against the United States. Canada has not yet said what its counter-measures will be, but an announcement is expected as early as Thursday afternoon.
The last president to attempt steel tariffs was George W. bush, back in 2002. He abandoned the thought a year later because the cost, from increased prices and job losses in related industries, outweighed the benefit to the steel industry.
Former NFL quaterback and hall of famer, Warren Moon is being accused of sexual harassment by a female executive assistant.
Yahoo News (@YahooNews) reports, 32 year-old executive assistant, Wendy Haskall who has traveled with the former QB since being hired by his firm in July, accuses Moon of forcing her to sleep in his bed while wearing thong underwear on business trips, grabbing her crotch during a trip to Seattle, and drugging her before taking off her bathing suit during an October trip to Mexico. Haskall says that she was demoted by the firm in October after filing a complaint about Moon’s behavior. Haskall has filed a lawsuit in California court seeking unspecified damages.