An Overview of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC)

December 1, 2011, 11:00 AM – Eastern Time

L.D. Villalobos, DEA Section Chief, Research and Analysis, EPIC and Carlos Almengor, Customs and Border Patrol Assistant Chief Patrol Agent — An Overview of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) — the second in our series on DEA’s Intelligence Division.

The El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), was established in 1974 (and administered by DEA), and resulted from a U.S. Department of Justice study about the myriad issues and problems affecting the U.S. – Mexico border. This was the first major attempt at a permanent interagency operation in law enforcement. The principal direction would be the sharing of information, while protecting active case data. The emphasis on tactical intelligence and a 24 hour center provided the foundation for use of this data for “Agent” safety AND actionable intelligence. Please join members of EPIC as they discuss the inner workings of this vital component to DEA.

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The Intelligence Division’s Role in Tracing the Rise and Fall of the Colombian Cartels

November 17, 2011, 2:00 PM

Craig Estancona, Ben Sanborn, Jay Cliff & Pat Kerner, Supervisory Intelligence Analysts, The Intelligence Division’s Role in Tracing the Rise and Fall of the Colombian Cartels

A panel of agents will provide a history of the formation of the violent Medellin Cartel and the more “businesslike” Cali Cartel as well as the role of DEA Intelligence in targeting and dismantling these groups. They will also discuss the changes DEA made to more effectively target these drug trafficking organizations, including the establishment of DEA HQ drug desks to centralize responsibility and coordination. Through their research and analysis, these analysts were able to piece together information that identified the worldwide scope of Colombian Cartel activities and the identities of the primary cartel members.

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June 7, 2011, 11:00 AM

Richard P. Bly, DEA Special Agent/Deputy Assistant Administrator for Investigative Intelligence (Retired) – Tranquilandia. Dick Bly will speak on the 1984 Tranquilandia operation and the process involved in uncovering one of the biggest cocaine production operations in existence with a seizure of more than 10 tons of cocaine at a then-estimated worth of over $1.2 billion.

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Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Awareness Day

May 24, 2011, 2:00 PM

Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Awareness Day – Sue Webber Brown, former Narcotics Detective, Butte County, California, and founder of the DEC movement, made a difference in the lives of over 2300 Butte County children from drug related environments. Her work continues to make a difference today through her collaboration with Holly Dye, a national expert on drug endangered child issues. Together they formed the National Drug Endangered Child Training and Advocacy Center. Come learn about the who, what and where of a drug endangered child and how one person can make a difference to help our nation’s most vulnerable victim of drug crimes… a child.

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Prescription Diversion & Abuse: An Update

April 27, 2011, 11:00 AM

Robert L. Hill, Supervisory Special Agent & Chief, Pharmaceutical Investigations Section, Office of Diversion Control Prescription Diversion & Abuse: An Update

Prescription drug abuse, misuse, and illegal manufacturing have led to an upward spiral of crime, emergency room visits, and deaths. In anticipation of the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by DEA, Special Agent Robert L. Hill will speak about the current issues of prescription drug abuse, recent DEA operations against traffickers of these products, and how it is the fastest growing segment of drugs that are abused.

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Attacking America – 1979 Fury in Iran/Rescue in Pakistan

February 23, 2011, 10:00 AM

Randy Sayles, Special Agent/Deputy Assistant Administrator (Retired) Attacking America – 1979 Fury in Iran/Rescue in Pakistan.

On Sunday, November 4, 1979, hundreds of Iranian students acting as an angry, uncontrollable mob, attacked the American Embassy in Tehran and took 66 Americans hostage. While 14 hostages escaped or were released, the remaining 52 were blindfolded and spirited from the Embassy without a trace until their release on January 20, 1981, 444 days later.

Three weeks after the attack in Tehran, the day before Thanksgiving, November 21, 1979, an estimated 10,000 Pakistani students and Iranian provocateurs attacked the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing a Marine, an Army Warrant Officer, and two Pakistani Embassy employees while pouring gasoline and lighting fires in all of the buildings except for two Embassy vaults where 90 American and Pakistani employees hovered, fearing for their lives. Except for the actions of four US Marines and two DEA Agents trapped inside, the fate of the employees would certainly have been death.

Randy Sayles, one of the trapped DEA Agents, will tell the horrifying story of fear, reaction, survival and eventual escape (within 15 minutes of suffocation) of those involved.

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