DEA in Afghanistan: The Early Years

November 3, 2010, 10:00 AM

Chuck Carter, Special Agent in Charge, Afghanistan (Retired) — DEA in Afghanistan: The Early Years — the third in our series: DEA in Afghanistan.

In the late 1980s during the Afghanistan/Russian War, the poppy fields were flourishing and the poppies were being converted first to morphine, then into heroin, which found its way to the U.S. It is estimated that 50% of the U.S. heroin in 1987-88 originated in Afghanistan. DEA, acting on intelligence along with the Mujahideen, raided over 15 operating heroin labs and seized and destroyed tons of heroin and morphine base. Please join Retired Special Agent Chuck Carter as he provides insight during that time into the inner workings of DEA in SW Asia and the precursor to today’s FAST units.

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DEA’s FAST Units in Afghanistan

October 13, 2010, 10:00 AM

Carson Ulrich, Acting Deputy Section Chief, FAST—DEA’s FAST Units in Afghanistan—the second in our series: DEA in Afghanistan.

The Foreign-Deployed Advisory and Support Teams (FAST) are the enforcement arm of DEA’s Afghan Campaign Plan and Drug Flow Attack Strategy (DFAS). DFAS is used globally to develop operations which disrupt and seize shipments of drugs, precursor chemicals, and operating capital; and to disrupt Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) activity and identify trafficker reaction.

In Afghanistan, FAST works hand in hand with U.S. Military Special Operations forces to counter drug trafficking. DEA FAST’s relationship with U.S. Special Forces and U.S. Navy SEAL teams is to combine target information, resources and expertise to disrupt the drug economy and its symbiotic relationship with the Taliban.

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Overview of DEA Activities in Afghanistan

September 22, 2010, 10:00 AM

Calvin Bond, DEA Staff Coordinator, Office of Global Enforcement, Europe, Africa, and Asia Section—Overview of DEA Activities in Afghanistan—the first in our series: DEA in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium. The Taliban and other groups participate in and profit from the opiate trade. DEA has been instrumental in working to reduce the drug production from this major source country. Calvin Bond, DEA HQS Staff Coordinator, has just returned from Afghanistan and will offer insights into DEA’s activities in the country and the current drug trafficking situation.

History and Current Trends of Marijuana Abuse in the United States

June 15, 2010, 10:00 AM

Jill Head, DEA Forensic Chemist—History and Current Trends of Marijuana Abuse in the United States—the last in our series: Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants.

Spice, K2, What are these things, and what do they have to do with marijuana? The abuse of Marijuana in the United States continues to evolve. Forensic scientists have witnessed the increasing potency of the marijuana plant over the last several decades. Sophisticated grow operations along with an understanding of the plant’s chemistry have allowed growers to obtain high potency levels. Now, users are abusing a new form of “marijuana” synthetic cannabinoids. The abuse of these legal smoking blends is rapidly increasing and presents new challenges to the forensic chemist.

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The Science of Marijuana (Just the Facts)

April 27, 2010, 10:00 AM

Susan Weiss—The Science of Marijuana (Just the Facts)—continuing our series: Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants.

This presentation by Susan Weiss, Ph.D., Office of Science Policy and Communications, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will highlight what we know and what we don’t about marijuana’s myriad effects on the brain and the body. The use of marijuana can produce adverse physical, mental, emotional and behavioral changes, and—contrary to popular belief—it can be addictive. Marijuana smoke, like cigarette smoke, can harm the respiratory system. The use of marijuana can impair short-term memory, verbal skills and judgment, and distort perception. Because marijuana affects brain systems that are still maturing during young adulthood, its use by young teens may have a negative effect on their development.

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