Indoor Grows and the Illegal Marijuana Industry

December 2, 2009, 10:00 AM

Part 3 in the continuing series: Cannabis, Coca, and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants.

“It’s only marijuana; it’s not that big a deal!” This is a claim we hear all too often today. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gordon Taylor discusses why the rogue marijuana industry is, in fact, a big deal and how it affects our communities. He speaks about the new phenomenon of sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operations that have cropping up in residential neighborhoods throughout the U.S.

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Cocaine Trafficking Trends in Central America

November 17, 2009, 10:00 AM

The second in the Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants lecture series.

DEA Special Agent Paul Knierim, former Country Attaché in San Jose, Costa Rica, discussed maritime, air, and overland routes and processes used by drug trafficking organizations. Central America is a significant transit zone for cocaine which then enters Mexico and then into the United States. Colombian and Mexican trafficking organizations often use Central America as a storage and staging area for transporting multi-ton quantities of cocaine.

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Heroin Trends Today

October 15, 2009, 10:00 AM

The first in the series highlighting the Museum’s exhibit: Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants.

Bill Mockler, retired DEA Special Agent, and Ed Beach, retired Task Force Officer, NY DEA Task Force, spoke on Heroin Trends Today, with surprising facts about the origin of U.S. heroin, heroin addicts today, and how prescription opiates play a part in their journey to addiction.

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From One Winning Career to the Next: What Will You Do After DEA?

September 17, 2009, 10:00 AM

Are you a public sector leader who is considering a career transition to the private sector sometime in the next few years? Do you deal with business and private sector leaders and want to learn how to be more effective in dealing with them? If so, then J. David Quilter, retired DEA Supervisory Special Agent, senior security executive with Fortune 500 companies, author, and consultant has some tips to share with you. Quilter highlighted the importance of your public service skills as you consider a private sector career “after the job.” What are the steps you can take right now to better ensure your success before deciding to make that move?

David passed on some of his “lessons learned” from his time during and after DEA. Learn about some of the difficulties, challenges, and opportunities of the private sector from someone who continues to help others succeed.

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La Familia Michoacana: An Emerging Cartel

June 25, 2009

The fourth and final part in the series, Mexican Drug Trafficking and the Joint U.S./Mexico Law Enforcement Response

La Familia Michoacana, a relatively new and particularly violent group, goes beyond the production and transport of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine. The group seeks political and social standing, pushing an agenda beyond the usual money-only interests of drug cartels. George W. Grayson is a Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary with a focus on Latin American politics, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C., and an associate scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

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Operation Impunity

May 21, 2009

Part 3 in the series, Mexican Drug Trafficking and the Joint U.S./Mexico Law Enforcement Response

Operation Impunity, an international investigation, targeted drug trafficking organizations headquartered in Mexico. This operation was a complex multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency investigation which tied drug trafficking activity within the United States to the highest levels of the cocaine trade. The most critical aspect of the investigation was the identification and the arrest of three major drug trafficking cell heads. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike McDaniel and Retired Assistant Administrator Jimmy Craig discussed the facts of the case.

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Mexico and the Press Perspective

April 22, 2009

Part 2 in our continuing series, Mexican Drug Trafficking and the Joint U.S./Mexico Law Enforcement Response

As the drug-related violence escalates in Mexico, reporters on both sides of the border covered the issues, sometimes at the expense of their own safety and welfare. In this second lecture, Donna Leinwand of USA Today and the current president of the National Press Club shared her experiences and perspective covering the Mexican drug trafficking situation.

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The Drug Trafficking Situation in Mexico

April 1, 2009

Events along both sides of the Southwest Border have sparked a growing public debate about the drug trafficking violence in Mexico spilling across the U.S. border. Keynote speaker David Gaddis, the DEA Regional Director for the North & Central Americas Region, and Ariel Moutsatsos, Advisor for International Affairs for the Office of the Mexican Attorney, offered new insights on the current situation along the border and how DEA is involved.

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