Brought to Justice: Operation Leyenda

October 29, 2013, 2:00 PM ET
Brought to Justice: Operation Leyenda

A panel discussion focusing on Operation Leyenda and the effort to bring to justice those responsible for the kidnapping, torture, and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Panelists will share their recollections and insight into this complex investigation, what it meant to DEA at the time, and lessons learned that are applicable today. This “ripped from the headlines” topic follows the recent early release of one of the principle architects of the Camarena abduction, drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero from Mexican prison. Panelists will include Former Administrator Jack Lawn, who led DEA during Operation Leyenda, retired Special Agent Jack Taylor, the Inspector in Charge of the Camarena kidnap/murder case in Los Angeles, and journalist Elaine Shannon whose research into the Camarena case resulted in the book Desperados, the basis of the NBC TV miniseries Drug Wars: the Camarena Story.

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40 Years on the Front Lines

July 16, 2013, 2:00 PM ET
40 Years on the Front Lines

Moderated by current DEA Chief of Operations James Capra, an esteemed panel of past DEA Operations leaders will discuss the evolution of DEA enforcement operations as well as highlights from some of the biggest cases that DEA has worked over the past four decades. Their insights and experiences from the front lines and in the trenches present a fascinating and colorful look back at forty years of federal drug law enforcement and allow us to truly appreciate some of the great moments in DEA’s history.

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Building on Past Experience: Making the Case for DEA

March 7, 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Building on Past Experience: Making the Case for DEA

This presentation highlights the history of the challenges DEA overcame as it made the case for a stand-alone agency for drug law enforcement. Four times in our history, serious proposals were made to have DEA merged into the FBI. Retired DEA Assistant Administrator David Westrate will lead the discussion with a group of former DEA Administrators, including Peter Bensinger, Francis “Bud” Mullen and Robert Bonner; retired DEA executive staff, including retired Deputy Administrator Steve Greene; and former and current DEA employees who were involved in those efforts in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000, and who will recall how the case for DEA was made each time, and what lessons still apply today. Download the flyer »

Trade-Based Money Laundering: The Next Frontier

February 28, 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Trade-Based Money Laundering: The Next Frontier

In this presentation, John Cassara, former intelligence officer and Treasury Special Agent, will give an overview of trade-based money laundering and value transfer. He will define the term, briefly discuss the magnitude of the problem, and explain many of the methodologies involved. Trade-based value transfer is the common denominator in most underground financial systems including the black market peso exchange, hawala, and fei-chein. John will give lots of examples of narcotics related trade-based money laundering and make the argument why examining value transfer is the “next frontier” in international money laundering enforcement. DEA Museum Auditorium with a live webcast and sign language interpretation here on deamuseum.org.

Stay tuned for the second lecture of the series on March 7th that will cover the possible DEA/FBI merger that was proposed during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

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