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Police discover suspected classified data




Police discover suspected classified data
Police discover suspected classified data



http://www.lamonitor.com/articles/2006/10/25/headline_news/news01.txt 

By CAROL A. CLARK 
lanews (at) lamonitor.com 
Monitor Senior Reporter
October 26, 2006

Three computer jump drives confiscated by police on Oct. 17 during an 
arrest at 2025 East Jemez Road #250 are suspected of containing 
classified information.

"We recognized that some of the items we seized under our search warrant 
were possibly property of the laboratory and turned it over to them for 
analysis and verification," Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said. 
"Once the laboratory confirmed that this was a federal jurisdictional 
issue - the FBI was called in."

The FBI responded to the case to the Monitor this morning.

"Evidence obtained as a result of the police investigation was brought 
to our attention and from there probable cause lead to our obtaining a 
search warrant," FBI Special Agent Bill Elwell said. "We can't make any 
comments at this time because the court ordered sealing of the search 
warrant."

Elwell did say there have been no charges filed or arrests made as of 
this morning.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio said in a 
statement this morning that on Tuesday the FBI publicly confirmed its 
ongoing investigation of a potential breach of security by a former LANL 
subcontractor employee.

"Unfortunately, my ability to discuss the details of this matter is 
constrained due to the nature of the situation," Anastasio said. "What I 
can say is that this is a serious matter and we are taking immediate 
steps to address it."

Police report that Justin Stone, 20, of 2125 33rd St., was arrested at 
the mobile home on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation. He 
also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police 
discovered components of a possible meth lab in the home.

Jessica Quintana, a woman in her early 20s, has resided in the mobile 
home for a couple of months and according to reports is in the process 
of purchasing it.

Reports also indicate that Quintana was employed as a data entry clerk 
at Information Assets Management, a LANL subcontractor, before being 
laid off. She most recently worked for a two-week period at the YMCA 
before her suspension last Wednesday following Stone's arrest at her 
home, executive director Linda Daly said this morning, adding that 
Quintana was officially dismissed on Monday.

Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados sentenced Stone on Oct. 18 to two 
years in jail for violating his probation. She sentenced him to an 
additional six months for his Oct. 17 drug paraphernalia possession 
charge. Stone will serve those sentences concurrently, Casados said.

Stone's initial probation violation stems from a July 14 arrest in which 
he was charged with possession of stolen property, possession of a 
stolen credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia, Casados said. 
She charged him on April 11 to 30 months of supervised probation that 
included community service and fee repayment.

"His outstanding warrant included failure to report, failure to make 
monthly probation fees and failure to complete monthly community service 
hours," Casados said.

Stone was initially arrested after Goldie, Sgt. Chuck Ney, Cpl. Jon 
Gonzales and Cpl. Doug Johnson responded to a 4:16 p.m. call from a 
neighbor alerting them to a loud argument taking place inside the home.

"While making the arrest, we saw pipes and other paraphernalia," Goldie 
said. "We secured the premises and obtained a search warrant, then 
removed all the items."

Goldie described the items, including glass drug pipes, jars, a digital 
scale, marijuana seeds, acetone, hydrogen peroxide and the propane and 
torches. There also was a processing filter packed with kitty litter and 
cotton found at the scene," he said at the time.

"A lot of this was inside a backpack that was stuffed into a duffel 
bag," Goldie said. "This shows how compact and mobile meth labs can be."

Police were extremely concerned with a number of chemical burns found 
inside the backpack along with broken beaker containers, which indicate 
a lack of caution in handling the volatile chemicals.

"What's scary to me is there were families living within 30 feet of this 
dangerous stuff," Johnson said.

Johnson praised Royal Crest Mobile Home managers for their efforts to 
remove people involved in drug activity from their park. "They have done 
a fantastic job and this incident is a holdout that we are glad we have 
identified and removed from the community."

This is the third time in less than two weeks that the LAPD has removed 
a drug operation from the community.

On Oct. 4, police responded to a report of shots fired and uncovered a 
stash of meth lab equipment, narcotics and weapons at 3483 Questa Drive.

On Friday they removed 31 bags of marijuana, controlled substances and 
drug paraphernalia from 1027 Iris St. after following up on an anonymous 
tip.

Anastasio stated in a press release this morning that in conjunction 
with the FBI, the lab began and will continue to pursue the facts 
surrounding the incident.

"We have already taken a number of steps to address potential security 
risks," he said. "Some actions may have an impact on daily routines at 
the laboratory. We ask that everyone become an active participant in 
this process to assure a positive outcome."

Anastasio reiterated how seriously he regards this matter as one of 
utmost concern and said as has been their management practice, they will 
take immediate and decisive action to address any safety and security 
issues.

This morning Royal Crest Manager Steve Gianes addressed the heightened 
interest surrounding the home located in his park.

"We're learning about all this from the news media just like everybody 
else," Gianes said. "We spoke with an FBI official here Monday night who 
did say that this wasn't something that would put anyone in any kind of 
danger."


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