AP News DEA agent arrested on Capitol riot charges


An off-duty Drug Enforcement Administration agent posed for photographs in which he flashed his DEA badge and firearm outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, according to a court filing Tuesday following the agent’s arrest.

A video posted on the internet also showed Mark Sami Ibrahim carrying a flag bearing the words “Liberty or Death” outside the Capitol, about 12 minutes before a mob of people pulled apart a nearby set of barricades, authorities said.

Ibrahim, of Orange County, California, was a probationary employee of the DEA and was on personal leave from the agency when he traveled to Washington on Jan. 6. Several weeks before the riot, he had given notice of his intention to resign.

Ibrahim wasn’t working as a law-enforcement officer at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but he told investigators after the riot that he was there to help a friend who had been asked to document the event for the FBI.

The friend denied that, however, and told investigators that Ibrahim had concocted the false story to “cover his ass,” according to a case summary signed by senior special agent with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General.

“According to Ibrahim’s friend, Ibrahim went to the rally in order to promote himself,” the OIG agent wrote. “Ibrahim had been thinking about his next move after leaving the DEA and wanted the protests to be his stage for launching a ‘Liberty Tavern’ political podcast and cigar brand.”

Ibrahim acknowledged that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 but denied that he displayed or exposed his DEA badge and firearm there despite the photographic evidence to the contrary, authorities say.

Ibrahim was arrested Tuesday in Washington on charges that included entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a firearm and making a false statement when he denied displayed his badge or firearm.

Defense attorney Darren Richie said Ibrahim didn’t participate in the riot, engage in any violence or try to enter the Capitol that day. He also remained “honest and voluntarily cooperative” with authorities, Richie added.

“This indictment results from conjecture, political pressure and a flawed attempt to paint a specific narrative through pictures taken wholly out of context. Mr. Ibrahim firmly believes the truth shall always prevail,” Richie said in a statement.

He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui.

A DEA spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to an email seeking comment.

The DEA had declined for months to say whether any of its agents attended the rally, saying it could not comment on “specific personnel matters.”

“If we receive information indicating an employee engaged in misconduct, DEA’s policy is to promptly refer the case to the appropriate authorities for review,” the agency told AP in January.

Ibrahim has denied breaking any laws, telling Fox News in March that he “never even set foot on the stairs of the Capitol building.” He said he went to the rally with his brother, an FBI agent, who faced “no adverse action” for attending.

“When the crowd began to be hostile toward law enforcement, me being law enforcement myself I started to document everything,” Ibrahim told host Tucker Carlson, adding he later gave the materials to the FBI “so those criminals could face justice.”

“I wanted to aid law enforcement that day as best I could. I really didn’t think anything of it,” he said.

After flying back to Los Angeles, Ibrahim said, he was stripped of his badge and gun and “fired after being suspended for two months for performance issues.”

“They got it wrong,” he said of his termination. “Me and my brother both served in the Army. I followed him into federal law enforcement. My sister is a Navy veteran. My mom was in the Pentagon on 9/11.”

“The saddest part about this,” Ibrahim added, “is I can’t serve my country anymore.”

In a WhatsApp group chat with at last five other law-enforcement officers, Ibrahim posted a photo of himself standing near barricades that had been pulled apart by the mob several minutes earlier, the OIG agent wrote. He also posted video in the chat that showed Ashli Babbitt, a woman fatally shot inside the Capitol, being taken from the building to an ambulance by emergency workers, the agent said.

Reposted from: https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-arrests-riots-capitol-siege-761697dfd83bc5f3b4af1b65498597ba

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Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

California Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

In California, drug crimes are those of which concern the marketing, possession, distribution, and lastly the creation of the narcotic in an illegal way. Within this category of law violation for drug use, there are many varieties of unlawful narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, peyote, opiates, the unapproved use of oxycontin, and methamphetamine.

If you find yourself in search of an experienced, well-prepared, and fierce law firm, DRE A.P.C.  is the best. Located in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, and Orange County, the DRE law firm is ready to take on all drug-related criminal cases. Alongside an exceptionally educated support staff, the attorneys within the firm are constantly utilizing their capacity and skills for those in the need of a defense.

Drug Crimes Can Include the Following:

  • The custody of a narcotic, i.e. cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, etc.
  • The possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a narcotic for trafficking or sale of the substance
  • Transportation of a restricted substance
  • The sale of a restricted substance to a minor
  • Drug manufacturing and production


California and Drug Crimes

In the United States, the state of California is one of the highest in terms of drug possession and penalties. In California, the penalties and fines are complex and involve a variety of factors. This is because of some factors including the type of drug, the amount detected, past criminal record of the person, and if the narcotic was intended for sale or for personal consumption.

Essentially these crimes are in perpetual variation. For the most part, the consequences of the conviction or sentence are jail time, expensive legal fines, drug counseling or rehab, and the possible invalidation of certain personal documents like a driver’s license. In California, drug crimes can face extradition from other areas within the state and to confront charges.

Law enforcement can perform search warrants for houses, apartments, or vehicles in which they believe they can find illegal substances. If they encounter any narcotics during a search, the estate will be confiscated and lost. This can remove other properties of the accused individual, including money, vehicles, homes, etc.

Drug Crime Convictions

The conviction of a drug crime can also enlarge any crime sentence a person receives in future convictions. Additionally, in some cases, even if the person acquired the drugs mentioned above for personal use, the quantity of narcotics can result in the person being charged with possession and sale of drugs.

If you have been charged with drug possession or use, it is vital to retain the service of a remarkable lawyer to manage your case. DRE, A.P.C. has lawyers with prodigious skill and cunning that may even be able to get charges dismissed.

In conjunction with more serious drug convictions, the attorneys at DRE, A.P.C. can appeal for a lesser sentence or have the client’s time be completed in a drug program.

How to Hire a Narcotic or Drug Crime Attorney for Your Case

In case a person has been sentenced or taken into custody with a narcotic crime it is vital to get into communication with a law firm or attorney. 

Darren Richie, Esq has a team of the best professionals within the range of narcotic cases. Darren Richie’s Southern California firm is fierce and is ready to defend its clients against any drug crime sentence. His own experience and will are what have got him to continue his extensive line of winning cases. 

This firm has been known to all trial and tribunals, for its unbelievable results. The ongoing list of impeccable lawyers is prepared to uncover any unfair treatment or illegal practices done to you.

  Matthew Ashton   May 03, 2021   Uncategorized, Blog   Comments Off on Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Read More

Photographer Daniel “Dano” Patten Killed in Illegal Car Race

Photographer Daniel “Dano” Patten Killed in Illegal Car Race

A photographer and videographer was a victim of an illegal car race that happened at 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the horrible event occurred close to East 230th and Banning Streets.

The Photographer was identified as Daniel “Dano” Patten, 66, who lived in Huntington Beach.

According to his friend and a couple of the guys with him, he got some warnings before the race, so he was aware of the danger. “I did tell him on Christmas, be careful going out to the street races,’” said his friend, Irvine. A couple of the guys who were with him said, ‘Hey Dano, we need to leave, this is dangerous today.”

His girlfriend, Tammy LaFlamme, said:” Illegal street racing totally wasn’t his scene.” She believes that due to many events canceled to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it was boredom that may have got the photographer to an occasion that he would usually pass up.

Footage that was posted on social media shows a black Cadillac sedan racing a blue car, which crashed into each other and then went into a nearby crowd of people. In another video, a struck spectator’s legs could be seen lying on the ground in a close distance from the two destroyed vehicles.

Patten, who was taking pictures of the cars, was killed instantly, and five others were hospitalized. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Morgan stated that the race drivers escaped the place after the car crash.

His family members sensed that something terrible might have happened as Patten didn’t join his brother for dinner. Tammy didn’t hear anything from him all night, so she went to Carson with some friends the next morning. That’s when they found his van together with pieces of the cars that killed him.

Mourners have laid candles, flowers, and other presents under a tree near the crashed cars’ scattered pieces and the tire marks. Many people who knew Patten from his photos and videos joined in paying tribute to him. Some of them even carried out performances in their lowriders, honoring his soul and telling his brother how much he would be missed.

“Devastated that he died on Christmas like this, and all of our friends are devastated,” his girlfriend said. She also added that he was the kindest man with the biggest heart and had a great passion for cars. LaFlamme hopes that the drivers who took part in the crash will be caught and that people will stop illegal racing. “It’s dangerous. People die all the time. They were just saying how many people have died from doing this,” she said.

Russ Patten said that his brother was very easygoing and kindhearted. He described him as a “neat freak” who washed his car daily and never missed a chance to photograph cars at an event.

Daniel Patten’s memorial will be held on Wednesday, January the 6th, by his close friends and loved ones. They planned a cruise through Huntington Beach. The Surf City Classics car club will give out more details about the event on social media.

This is currently an open Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department open investigation. DRE expresses their condolences to the family of Daniel Patten.

  Matthew Ashton   Dec 30, 2020   Uncategorized   Comments Off on Photographer Daniel “Dano” Patten Killed in Illegal Car Race Read More

Sad Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident

Rancho Cucamonga Shooting

Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident At Gun Range

DRE is representing the victims of an accidental Rancho Cucamonga shooting at a local gun range.  According to the police, the incident occured while Cory Carmichael, 34, was trying to clear his handgun.  The gun went off, wounding Cory, but also striking Tatianna Holt.  Holt was 36 from Compton.

Both Cory and Tatianna were taken to the hospital for their wounds.  Sadly Tatianna was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The shooting has been ruled as accidental.

The gun range is located along the 9000 block of 9th Street in Rancho Cucamonga.

In light of this unfortunate incident, we want to remind everyone of gun safety tips to try to prevent things like this from ever happening again


Gun Safety Tips

  1. Always Treat a Gun Like It Is Loaded – This is the big one.  When you are handling a gun, always maintain the aim of the barrel downrange.  When clearing a weapon, or handling the gun at all, the barrel shouldn’t be pointed at the floor, the roof, the wall, anywhere that isn’t downrange at the target.  A lot of people think this isn’t really important, but this one rule could prevent most gun related accidents.
  2. Don’t Rely On The Safety (But Make Sure It’s On) – Just because a safety is on doesn’t mean that a gun is safe, which is why we have rule #1.  Always treat a gun like it’s loaded and the safety is off, even when it isn’t.  That being said, make sure your safety is on if you aren’t actively firing down range.
  3. Handle Firearms with Care – Sometimes guns can jam or misfire.  If this happens, contact your range master and handle the weapon with extreme caution.  In situations like this, the firearm could still discharge.  A live round is always a live round until the bullet has been fired, and could go off at any time.  Protect yourself and others by making sure to be extremely cautious around guns.

DRE, A.P.C. is currently representing the victims of this horrible accident in a wrongful death suit.  We express our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Tatianna.


  Matthew Ashton   Dec 17, 2020   Blog, Uncategorized   Comments Off on Sad Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident Read More

Grace Coleman, 22, Terrible DUI Crash

In Newport Beach, Grace Coleman was arrested and charged with murder after a DUI Crash with a car carrying a family of 3 girls and their parents.

In the crash, Coleman drove her Range Rover through a red light, colliding with a Nissan carrying the family of Henry Saldana Mejia and Gabriela Andrade.  Unfortunately both parents died in the crash and the daughters were all taken to the hospital for treatment.

Grace Coleman

The crash happened at the intersection of pelican hill road and newport coast drive in Newport Beach.  This is Coleman’s second DUI Arrest.

She has been charged with two felony counts of murder, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, one felony count of driving with a blood alcohol of .08 or greater causing bodily injury and one felony count of hit and run with injury.

The hit and run charges against Grace Coleman were issued because after she crashed into the family, she tried to leave the scene on foot.  She was arrested and initially refused to take a breath and urine test.

Her test results indicated her Blood Alcohol level to be .20% more than twice the legal limit.

She suffered minor injuries from the accident and is currently in police custody in the hospital.

According to Orange Country District Attorney Todd Spitzer, “Three young girls are orphans because of the selfish decision of a stranger.”  We agree with the District Attorney on this point.

Even though Darren Richie, Esq.  (or as we all know him, DRE), is an amazing criminal defense attorney, in a situation like this he is not defending Grace Coleman.

Criminal charges are being pursued by the District Attorneys office that could put Grace Coleman behind bars for 34 years to life in prison.  This horrible DUI Crash has happened just 4 months after Grace was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor DUI.

At 22 years old, only one year over the legal drinking age, Grace has orphaned 3 young children, killed two people, and put herself on trial for charges that could put her in prison for life.  Drinking and getting behind the wheel isn’t a joke.  Don’t do it!

At the same time, DRE is working to represent the 3 orphaned children and their family as a Personal Injury Attorney.  These three young girls should never had lost their parents, and as a father himself, DRE is going to battle for them as their protector!

DRE feels very deeply connected to this case and these children.  He is wielding all his expertise and knowledge in their defense.  They lost both of their parents at such a young age, and nothing can bring that back.

We feel terrible about this situation that these girls now find themselves in and want them to know they have a team that is going to fight for them like no one else can.  These three girls are 1, 4 and 5 years old right now.

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A reminder to everyone else, please don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications.  You can completely destroy the lives of innocent people who were doing nothing wrong.

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  Matthew Ashton   Dec 11, 2020   Uncategorized, Blog   Comments Off on Grace Coleman, 22, Terrible DUI Crash Read More
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