News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2006
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

DEA Chicago Field Division to Promote Meth Awareness
Media Events Planned in Midwest Cities

NOV 27 -- (Chicago) – The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA Chicago Field Division will join several federal, state and local agencies to promote National Methamphetamine Awareness Day on November 30, 2006.

“The dramatic spread of methamphetamine across the country during the 1990’s and to the present, particularly in the Midwest, has caused great concern for law enforcement and the public,” states Gary G. Olenkiewicz, DEA’s Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division. “Meth Awareness Day is an opportunity for members of the media and public to gain a better understanding of the scope of the problem, the dangers associated with methamphetamine abuse, addiction, and trafficking, as well as law enforcement’s response to this issue.”

The following specific events are planned in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota for National Methamphetamine Awareness Day on November 30 th.

Milwaukee, WI
Event:Media Briefing
– A briefing for members of the media on the dangers of methamphetamine, followed by an opportunity to video a mock clandestine laboratory set-up and law enforcement’s response/safety equipment. Following the briefing, representatives from the DOJ, DEA and Wisconsin DCI will be available for on-camera interview regarding methamphetamine topics. Note: The briefing will be informational only – no cameras or taping will be permitted during that portion of the program. Due to space limitations, this invitation is being extended to only one producer/news director and one reporter from each news media outlet. For additional information, contact DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge James Bohn at 414-297-3395 ext 5501.
When: November 30, 2006, 1:00 pm (briefing approximately 30 minutes)
Where: Federal Courthouse Building, 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Room 190, Milwaukee, WI

Indianapolis, IN
Event: Meth Awareness Day – Information briefing at DePauw University. Participants will include DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dennis Wichern, US Attorney Susan Brooks, Indiana Governor’s Office, Mayor of Greencastle, Meth Free Indiana, Drug Free Indiana, as well as multiple Indiana county law enforcement agencies. For additional information, contact DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dennis Wichern at 317-226-7977 or go to www.depauw.edu
When: November 30, 2006, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Where: DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

Center City, MN
Event: Discussion Forum – Hosted by the Chisago County Meth Task Force, participants will include DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Thomas Kelly, US Attorney Rachel K. Paulose, BCA Superintendent Tim O’Malley, Chisago County Court Judge Robert Rancourt, Hazelden Researcher Carol Falkowski, and others to be announced. For additional information contact DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Thomas Kelly at 612-344-4100.
When: November 30, 2006, 9:00 am
Where: Chisago County Government Center