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OnTheWarpath58
06-07-2007, 06:18 PM
The FBI taking over? Ron Mexico is FOOKED.





http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6899670?MSNHPHMA

SURRY, Va. (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials descended on a home owned by Michael Vick on Thursday armed with a search warrant that suggests they're taking over an investigation into the Falcons quarterback's possible involvement in dogfighting.

More than a dozen vehicles went to the home early in the afternoon and investigators searched inside before turning their attention to the area where officials found dozens of dogs in late April and evidence that suggested the home was involved in a dogfighting operation.

Surry County officials had secured a search warrant in late May based on an informant's information to look for as many as 30 dog carcasses buried on the property. The warrant never was executed because Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter said he had issues with the way it was worded.

That search warrant expired Thursday.

"What is foreign to me is the federal government getting into a dogfighting case," Poindexter said. "I know it's been done, but what's driving this? Is it this boy's celebrity? Would they have done this if it wasn't Michael Vick?"

Poindexter said he was "absolutely floored" that federal officials got involved, and that he believes he and Sheriff Harold D. Brown handled the investigation properly.

"Apparently these people want it," Poindexter said. "They want it, and I don't believe they want it because of the serious criminal consequences involved. ... They want it because Michael Vick may be involved."

Poindexter said he found out about a sealed search warrant filed in the U.S. Attorney's office about the time federal investigators executed it Thursday.

"If they've made a judgment that we're not acting prudently and with dispatch based on what we have, they've not acting very wisely," Poindexter said.

He said Surry County officials were preparing another search warrant for the property and that the investigative team planned to meet to make sure they had all the experts needed to make the search most effective.

"There's a larger thing here, and it has nothing to do with any breach of protocol," Poindexter said. "There's something awful going on here. I don't know if it's racial. I don't know what it is."

State police assisted investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Attorney's office in executing the warrant, Virginia State Police Sgt. D.S. Carr said, declining to comment further.

Thursday evening, a state police evidence collection truck was parked inside the fence surrounding the house. Investigators could be seen carrying a large sheet of plywood and a box.

The U.S. Attorney's office would not confirm a search warrant was filed.

Messages left at Brown's office were not returned, and a dispatcher said he left for the day at around 4 p.m.

An after-hours call to Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward of Virginia Beach, was not immediately returned.

During an April 25 drug raid on the home Vick owns in the county, authorities seized 66 dogs, including 55 pit bulls, and equipment that suggested someone at the property was involved in a dogfighting operation.

A search warrant affidavit said some of the dogs were in individual kennels and about 30 were tethered with "heavy logging-type chains" buried in the ground. The chains allowed the dogs to get close to each other, but not to have contact, one of myriad findings on the property that suggested a dogfighting operation.

Others included a rape stand, used to hold non-receptive dogs in place for mating; an electric treadmill modified to be used by dogs; a "pry bar" used to open the clamped-down mouths of dogs; and a bloodied piece of carpeting the authorities believe was used in dog fights. Carpeting gives dogs traction in a plywood fighting pit.

Vick has claimed he rarely visits the home and was unaware it could be involved in a criminal enterprise. He also has blamed family members for taking advantage of his generosity. Vick's cousin, Davon Boddie, was living at the home at the time of the raids.

Vick, a registered dog breeder, has said in more recent interviews that his lawyers have advised him not to discuss the investigation.

KcMizzou
06-07-2007, 06:24 PM
The lawyer's name is Poindexter? Classic.


Serious question though... What's kept the allegedly guilty parties from getting rid of evidence during all this time? Has the house been closed off or something?

CoMoChief
06-07-2007, 06:27 PM
he's screwed now.

OnTheWarpath58
06-07-2007, 06:27 PM
The lawyer's name is Poindexter? Classic.


Serious question though... What's kept the allegedly guilty parties from getting rid of evidence during all this time? Has the house been closed off or something?

I'm sure whatever evidence wasn't physically taken during the forst police visit was at least photographed.

I would also guess that the property has been under some sort of surveillance during this time.

Very odd that the fibbies have swooped in to take over.....

Bacon Cheeseburger
06-07-2007, 06:30 PM
A search warrant affidavit said some of the dogs were in individual kennels and about 30 were tethered with "heavy logging-type chains" buried in the ground. The chains allowed the dogs to get close to each other, but not to have contact, one of myriad findings on the property that suggested a dogfighting operation.

Others included a rape stand, used to hold non-receptive dogs in place for mating; an electric treadmill modified to be used by dogs; a "pry bar" used to open the clamped-down mouths of dogs; and a bloodied piece of carpeting the authorities believe was used in dog fights. Carpeting gives dogs traction in a plywood fighting pit.
Good freaking God, this is the stuff they already found? What the hell else kind of evidence could they need?

Rain Man
06-07-2007, 06:32 PM
Michael Vick desperately needs to call Big Brothers/Big Sisters and get himself a Big Brother.

KcMizzou
06-07-2007, 06:33 PM
Michael Vick desperately needs to call Big Brothers/Big Sisters and get himself a Big Brother.Sounds like Big Brother's about to get him.

OnTheWarpath58
06-07-2007, 06:34 PM
Good freaking God, this is the stuff they already found? What the hell else kind of evidence could they need?

That's the stuff they've already found.

Supposedly they are planning to dig around the property to look for more evidence or buried dogs.....

What I want to know is what was in the 3 envelopes labled "M. Vick" that they found the first time around.

Bacon Cheeseburger
06-07-2007, 06:40 PM
That's the stuff they've already found.

Supposedly they are planning to dig around the property to look for more evidence or buried dogs.....

What I want to know is what was in the 3 envelopes labled "M. Vick" that they found the first time around.
Hmm...I didn't hear about those. Nevertheless, this is bad for him. There's just no way he didn't have some idea what was going on.

scott free
06-07-2007, 06:41 PM
This guys going down, going down to Chinatown.

Cochise
06-07-2007, 06:41 PM
What a tard. Hopefully he ends up in the joint huffing on crank for a living.

Mile High Mania
06-07-2007, 06:50 PM
And, all of this is happening with Culpepper saying "I want out of Miami"... well, this could be a good fit.

scott free
06-07-2007, 06:51 PM
And, all of this is happening with Culpepper saying "I want out of Miami"... well, this could be a good fit.

I am NO big culpepper fan, but ATL would be VERY wise to move Heaven & Earth to go get him.

Mile High Mania
06-07-2007, 06:57 PM
Exactly... when Joey Harrington is the answer to "who's next?" ... you should probably make a move to go get another QB. I would imagine that Miami would take almost anything at this point, and if they wanted a 5th pick (to replace what they gave to KC), why wouldn't they do it?

Marcellus
06-07-2007, 06:57 PM
I am NO big culpepper fan, but ATL would be VERY wise to move Heaven & Earth to go get him.


Watch Miami turn around and trade Culpepper to Atlanta for a 3rd round pick. ROFL

Thats the way thing go for Carl and KC. :)

Cochise
06-07-2007, 07:10 PM
You don't have to move anything to get Culpepper. Once he gets released all you will have to do is write a check for the veteran minimum.

Chiefnj2
06-07-2007, 07:20 PM
"More than a dozen vehicles went to the home early in the afternoon "

What a joke. Threats of terror around the U.S. and at least a dozen FBI agents are investigating a dog fighting crime? I feel much safer now.

scott free
06-07-2007, 07:20 PM
Watch Miami turn around and trade Culpepper to Atlanta for a 3rd round pick. ROFL

Thats the way thing go for Carl and KC. :)

Stranger things have happened, thats for sure. I bet Harrington climbs a tower with a high powered rifle if he has to back up Culpepper yet again.

pikesome
06-07-2007, 07:26 PM
"More than a dozen vehicles went to the home early in the afternoon "

What a joke. Threats of terror around the U.S. and at least a dozen FBI agents are investigating a dog fighting crime? I feel much safer now.

If Vick was running a dogfighting ring this is a good use of our law enforcement. Nothing about dogfighting is defensible, haven't we grown a bit since the Roman times? It is possible for the FBI to handle more than one thing, would you have wanted them not to help in finding Kelsey Smith?

Chiefnj2
06-07-2007, 07:29 PM
If Vick was running a dogfighting ring this is a good use of our law enforcement. Nothing about dogfighting is defensible, haven't we grown a bit since the Roman times? It is possible for the FBI to handle more than one thing, would you have wanted them not to help in finding Kelsey Smith?

I'd rather have 11 of those 12 agents out looking for missing kids.

pikesome
06-07-2007, 07:32 PM
I'd rather have 11 of those 12 agents out looking for missing kids.

I'm sure they have agents looking for kids too. Do you think they pull agents off of kidnapping cases to execute a warrant on Vick?

orange
06-07-2007, 08:11 PM
I'm sure whatever evidence wasn't physically taken during the forst police visit was at least photographed.

I would also guess that the property has been under some sort of surveillance during this time.

Very odd that the fibbies have swooped in to take over.....


Maybe it has something to do with this:

"While the investigation continues investigators did interview an out-of-state informant recently who Poindexter said implicated Vick things haven't been idle at the property at 1915 Moonlight Road.

The two-story, white brick house Vick recently put up for sale was burglarized between May 7 and May 18, according to a police report obtained by the AJC.

"I don't think it had anything to do with possible evidence," in the dogfighting investigation, Poindexter said. "I think it was some feuding over the spoils. Some people believe that in getting ready to sell the house, Vick had promised stuff to some family members and other people felt they deserved things."

Stolen were three plasma televisions (62", 42" and 32"), two floor buffers, a wet/dry vacuum, an upright washer and dryer and a leather sofa valued at $17,550 combined. The perpetrator(s) entered the home through a back, side window, according to the police report, which indicated the "alarm was not working." There has been no arrest."

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/falcons/stories/2007/06/04/0604vick.html


Clearly, the property has NOT been secured or surveiled. This Poindexter has been pretty blatantly trying to kill this investigation and the feds have obviously had enough.

KcMizzou
06-07-2007, 08:16 PM
The perpetrator(s) entered the home through a back, side window, according to the police report, which indicated the "alarm was not working." There has been no arrest.[/I]"

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/falcons/stories/2007/06/04/0604vick.html


This Poindexter has been pretty blatantly trying to kill this investigation and the feds have obviously had enough.How convenient.

Surely there was no evidence removed.

Simplex3
06-07-2007, 09:16 PM
Anyone going to be surprised if some of the county boys get nailed in this thing too?

Me either.

Simply Red
06-07-2007, 09:26 PM
Best thread I've seen in a while.

Simply Red
06-07-2007, 09:40 PM
"More than a dozen vehicles went to the home early in the afternoon "

What a joke. Threats of terror around the U.S. and at least a dozen FBI agents are investigating a dog fighting crime? I feel much safer now.

Retard

Simply Red
06-07-2007, 09:41 PM
I'd rather have 11 of those 12 agents out looking for missing kids.
retard x2

Thig Lyfe
06-07-2007, 09:42 PM
http://www.felixthecat.com/IMG/ff-poindexter.gif

Simply Red
06-07-2007, 09:43 PM
http://www.felixthecat.com/IMG/ff-poindexter.gif
LMAO

unlurking
06-07-2007, 10:20 PM
With the amount of $$$ being thrown around at these things (according to an article posted here a week or two ago), you had to know the feds would get involved. Anything that's high dollar and untaxed is basically illegal. Not that I'm saying dog fighting should be legal or is moral, but I doubt you see this kind of involvement if it's a couple of ranchers betting a few hundred every weekend.

Mr. Plow
06-07-2007, 10:30 PM
"What is foreign to me is the federal government getting into a dogfighting case," Poindexter said. "I know it's been done, but what's driving this? Is it this boy's celebrity? Would they have done this if it wasn't Michael Vick?"
[B]

Is it ok to call a black man "boy" now?

KcMizzou
06-07-2007, 10:31 PM
[B]

Is it ok to call a black man "boy" now?Depends on the man, and the context, I suppose.

Mr. Plow
06-07-2007, 10:33 PM
Depends on the man, and the context, I suppose.

Maybe I'm just thinking of it in the racial slur.......maybe I'm an idiot.....maybe it's a little bit of both.

OnTheWarpath58
06-08-2007, 08:44 AM
Interesting lil tidbit I didn't know before:

Gerald Poindexter is black.

Did the Feds step in because they think Poindexter is stalling the investigation? Not executing a 2 week old search warrant? Not surveilling the property?

"There's a larger thing here, and it has nothing to do with any breach of protocol," Poindexter said. "There's something awful going on here. I don't know if it's racial. I don't know what it is."

What would be awful is if it's found out that the case has been compromised because GP and his crew stalled because Vick is a high profile black athlete.

And he's playing the race card?

Pushead2
06-08-2007, 09:06 AM
Cuff em Boys...

Carlota69
06-08-2007, 09:20 AM
Interesting lil tidbit I didn't know before:

Gerald Poindexter is black.

Did the Feds step in because they think Poindexter is stalling the investigation? Not executing a 2 week old search warrant? Not surveilling the property?

"There's a larger thing here, and it has nothing to do with any breach of protocol," Poindexter said. "There's something awful going on here. I don't know if it's racial. I don't know what it is."

What would be awful is if it's found out that the case has been compromised because GP and his crew stalled because Vick is a high profile black athlete.

And he's playing the race card?

Thats What I thought when I read that. It seems fairly obvious that this Poindexter dude doesnt want Vick to get popped.

Good thing the FBI has stepped in.

scott free
06-08-2007, 09:45 AM
Take your race card & stick it so far up your ass you can taste it, Poindexter.

pikesome
06-08-2007, 10:05 AM
Take your race card & stick it so far up your ass you can taste it, Poindexter.

But it's so hard for a rich black man to get fair treatment, look at OJ.

Ultra Peanut
06-08-2007, 10:08 AM
Whoa.

Dave Lane
06-08-2007, 10:12 AM
Michael Vick desperately needs to call Big Brothers/Big Sisters and get himself a Big Brother.


I've already got one little brother from BBBS so I'm going to have to decline but I'm sure big daddy or mohillbilly would be happy to volunteer. :)

Dave

Dave Lane
06-08-2007, 10:17 AM
Thats What I thought when I read that. It seems fairly obvious that this Poindexter dude doesnt want Vick to get popped.

Good thing the FBI has stepped in.


I wonder how much money Poindexter got slipped to him. Seems REALLY weird he is outraged. If it was Vicks attorney I could see it but the prosecutor?

Dave

hawkchief
06-08-2007, 10:19 AM
But it's so hard for a rich black man to get fair treatment, look at OJ.

O.J. didn't get "fair" treatment. If he had, he'd be in jail grabbing his ankles every day.

Coach
06-09-2007, 06:52 PM
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y209/amstel54/vicksnewdefense.jpg

Ultra Peanut
06-09-2007, 06:53 PM
What's a few dozen dog carcasses among friends?

Thig Lyfe
06-09-2007, 07:01 PM
What's a few dozen dog carcasses among friends?

Heh heh.

Bob Dole
06-09-2007, 07:31 PM
Anyone going to be surprised if some of the county boys get nailed in this thing too?

Me either.

Bribes to buy time to move the carcasses are illegal?