FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 4, 2012
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 202-307-7977

Drug Enforcement Administration Honored By Mexico President Calderon
--First Time Foreign Officials Receive Mexico’s Merit of Honor
for Combating Organized Crime--

(L-R) Colombian National Police Chief General Oscar Naranjo, DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart; Mexico President Felipe Calderon, Secretary General of INTERPOL Ronald Noble, Former Commissioner General of Information, Spanish National Police Jesus de la Morena, Mexican Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna.
(L-R) Colombian National Police Chief General Oscar Naranjo, DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart; Mexico President Felipe Calderon, Secretary General of INTERPOL Ronald Noble, Former Commissioner General of Information, Spanish National Police Jesus de la Morena, Mexican Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna.

June 4 (Washington) - DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart became one of the first foreign officials in history to receive Mexico’s Merit of Honor from President Felipe Calderon for her leadership and commitment in supporting the Mexican Federal Police (SSP) in combating organized crime.  The ceremony took place in Iztapalapa, Mexico on June 2.

SSP holds this event every year to recognize Federal Police sacrifices and achievements as well as new capabilities of this rapidly transforming institution.  President Calderón and the First Lady were in attendance, as well as cabinet members, military leaders, state governors, the diplomatic community, media, and key representatives from the private sector. 

Mexico President Felipe Calderon presents The Merit of Honor Award to DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.
Mexico President Felipe Calderon presents The Merit of Honor Award to DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

In addition, President Calderón also presented awards to Colombian National Police Chief General Oscar Naranjo, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble, and Former Commissioner General of Information, Spanish National Police Jesus de la Morena for their commitment to battling organized crime worldwide.

“This is a tremendous honor for DEA and represents our unwavering support and commitment to Mexico in battling the world’s most ruthless criminal networks,” Administrator Leonhart said. “Together we have shown that the rule of law can prevail on both sides of the border and we look forward to continued joint success in the fight against transnational crime.”

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