A Look Behind the Curtain: The History of DEA’s Special Operations Division

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11 AM Eastern
A Look Behind the Curtain: The History of DEA’s Special Operations Division

Operations Adam Bomb, Crystal Light, One-Eyed Mule & Angry Pirate – these are just a few of the many drug interdictions overseen by DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD). Please join us for a spirited discussion on the history of this division as we take a look behind the curtain. This program will feature panelists Michael Horn, former DEA Chief of International Operations; Joseph Keefe, former DEA Chief of Operations; Robert Nieves, former DEA Chief of International Operations; and John Wallace, former DEA Chief Counsel for International Law & Intelligence. It will be moderated by DEA Acting Chief of Congressional and Public Affairs Gary Owen. Please join us at the DEA Museum Auditorium or via free live webcast.

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Targeting the Mafia: FBN, Organized Crime, and Drugs

Federal Drug Law Enforcement 100 Year Centennial 1914-2014Thursday, November 6, 2014, 11 AM Eastern
Targeting the Mafia: FBN, Organized Crime, and Drugs

In the first half of the 20th century, the Mafia as a criminal organization was not yet into drugs. In the post-World War II era, Mafia members in New York City, the hub of the heroin trade in the U.S., became active in the heroin trade, eventually hooking up with European drug sources from the infamous “Unione Corse” and “French Connection.” Narcotic Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) kept close tabs on them and regularly compiled intelligence reports that helped produce numerous arrests and convictions. In later years, this extensive knowledge base of these old Mafia family ties and associations would prove invaluable. Join former FBN Narcotic Agent and retired DEA Assistant Administrator for Operations John J. Coleman, PhD, as he discusses FBN, organized crime, and drugs in the 1960s.

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Standing in the Shadows: The Legacy of Harry J. Anslinger, First Commissioner of Narcotics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2 PM Eastern
Standing in the Shadows: The Legacy of Harry J. Anslinger, First Commissioner of Narcotics

Join Retired Penn State History Professor John C. McWilliams, author of The Protectors, the definitive biography of the life and career of Harry J. Anslinger, in remembering the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, American Representative to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and Father of International Drug Law Enforcement. With remarks by retired DEA Special Agent Charles H. Lutz. Reception immediately following, sponsored by AFFNA.

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The Early Years: A Panel Discussion on the Era of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics

Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern
The Early Years: A Panel Discussion on the Era of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics

Join a panel of retired FBN Agents that include Bill Alden, Jerry Carey, Jack Lloyd, Pete Scrocca, and others as they share experiences and recollections of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. The program is being webcast live from the Annual Conference of the Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents (AFFNA) in Naples, Florida.

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Not Just in the Jungle: Knocking Out Clandestine Cocaine and Methadone Drug Labs in the U.S.

June 10, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern
Special Agents Fred Gregory (retired) and Harold Patin (retired)
Not Just in the Jungle: Knocking Out Clandestine Cocaine and Methadone Drug Labs in the U.S.

DEA has worked closely with countries around the globe to curtail the production of illegal drugs, but the United States also had to contend with clandestine labs within its own borders. Please join Retired Special Agents Fred Gregory and Harold Patin as they speak about domestic clandestine cocaine and methadone labs that made the headlines in the 1980s.

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What Have We Learned: Four Decades of Addiction, Neurobiology, and Treatment Research

Friday, June 6, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern
Mark S. Gold, M.D.
What Have We Learned: Four Decades of Addiction, Neurobiology, and Treatment Research

Learn about the evolution of drug, tobacco, and alcohol addiction research over the past forty years, where we are today with understanding how drugs affect the body and brain, how addictions—once thought untreatable—are successfully treated, and what the future may look like in this changing field.

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Prescription Drug Abuse: A New Subculture of Heroin Addiction

April 15, 2014, 2 PM ET
Prescription Drug Abuse: A New Subculture of Heroin Addiction

Prescription drug abuse is an escalating problem, but with ongoing restrictions and the high cost of prescription opiates, many of the abusers have turned to cheaper heroin to feed their addiction. Robert L. Hill, Executive Assistant with DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, will give an overview of prescription opiate abuse and misuse on a national level. Since Baltimore, Maryland is a microcosm of a wider epidemic of the problem of prescription opiate abuse leading to a whole new subculture of heroin addiction, DEA Baltimore District Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle will speak on the shift from prescription opiates to heroin. To wrap up the program, Amy Laugelli, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Carroll County, MD who works with the community group Residents Attacking Drugs (RAD), will speak on the prevention, treatment & recovery side of the problem.

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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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DEA 40th Anniversary Programs: Four Decades of DEA

DEA 40th Anniversary Programs
Four Decades of DEA

Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 AM Eastern
DEA Museum, HQS Auditorium with LIVE webcast

A panel of DEA Administrators representing the forty years of our Agency’s history will gather for a discussion moderated by NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams. The forum will focus on the evolution of drug law enforcement, threats that DEA has tackled in the past, and those it faces looking into the future.

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