News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
February 15, 2006

DEA Unveils New Office Building in Cheyenne
Federal, State, and Local agencies to be co-located to combat drug crime

FEB 15 -- Cheyenne, Wyoming – Today, Jeffrey D. Sweetin, Special Agent in Charge of the Rocky Mountain Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Matthew H. Mead, United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming announce they will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the new DEA Cheyenne Resident Office building. The new DEA building is located at 1205 Airport Parkway in Cheyenne. The construction of this building was a priority of the DEA and is a reflection of DEA’s commitment to the citizens of Wyoming. It will serve as the focal point for coordination of drug law enforcement efforts in the state of Wyoming. The DEA building was constructed by Edward Construction, a local Cheyenne business.

The agencies to be co-located in the DEA building include personnel from the Cheyenne Police Department, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations, Laramie County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement. This law enforcement commitment from the federal, state, and local level is the first joint law enforcement effort of its kind in the history of the state of Wyoming.

“The Wyoming law enforcement community has a strong spirit of cooperation. This new DEA building is a clear indication of DEA’s commitment to further that spirit of cooperation and send a message to the Cheyenne community that drug trafficking will not be tolerated,” said SAC Sweetin.

"The opening of this building is a special occasion.  It celebrates DEA's deep commitment to the belief that cooperation among law enforcement is our best weapon against those who choose to sell drugs to our citizens.  This building will allow a coalition comprised of state, local and federal law enforcement officers to aggressively pursue all drug dealers and, in particular, those who choose to sell methamphetamine,” said Mr. Mead.

Also expected to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony are Congresswoman Barbara Cubin, Governor Dave Freudenthal, State Attorney General Patrick Crank, Cheyenne Chief of Police Robert Fecht, and Laramie County Sheriff Danny Glick.

“This joint endeavor has been a long time coming, and I’m delighted to be a part of its successful culmination,” said Governor Freudenthal. “When I was US Attorney, I witnessed firsthand how valuable efficient cooperation among various law enforcement agencies can be. This sort of co-location can only help those efforts, to the benefit of individuals and families all over Wyoming.”

For additional information, please contact DEA Denver Public Information Officer Suzanne Halonen at (303) 705-7351.
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