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DEA Agent Terry Davis and Thomas Davis deliver Anti-Drug Message to Greater New Orleans Area Teens

 
NOFD DEA Group Supervisor Terry Davis, Crime-Stoppers CEO Darlene Cusanza, Thomas Davis.
L-R: NOFD DEA Group Supervisor Terry Davis, Crime-Stoppers CEO Darlene Cusanza, Thomas Davis.

NOV 20 (METAIRIE, La.) - New Orleans Field Division DEA Group Supervisor (GS) Terry Davis and his brother Thomas Davis, who was visiting over the Thanksgiving Holiday, met with New Orleans area teens to deliver an anti-drug message.  The teens are members of Crime-Stoppers of the Greater New Orleans area Teen Ambassador Advisory Council (TAAC).  TAAC members are considered to be teen leaders in their communities and work closely with Crime-Stoppers to be role models in the communities in which they live.
 
GS Davis and his brother Thomas spoke to the Teens about a myriad of issues including the dangers of synthetic drug abuse, gang activity and the consequences of crime.  The Davis brothers entitled the message, “Final Destination” which was named after the popular movie series depicting the tragic outcomes of teenagers during their most vulnerable moments.  Thomas Davis coined the term, “Goal Positioning System”, which was a rhetorical spin on the title and the word global positioning system.  Thomas Davis challenged the teens to set their “GPS” systems for life after high school in preparation for the uncertain road ahead.

The Davis brothers ended the message by sharing some personal and private moments pertaining to their childhood and how those lessons shaped their lives today.  Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.   ###
 

Southeastern Louisiana University Welcomes NOFD SSU
Staff to 2012 Career Fair

New Orleans Field Division Recruiter SA Dan Holmes (blue suit coat) and NOFD PFI Scott Arseneaux (Green DEA Tactical Shirt) along with several SLU students during Career Fair 2012.
New Orleans Field Division Recruiter SA Dan Holmes (blue suit coat) and NOFD PFI Scott Arseneaux (Green DEA Tactical Shirt) along with several SLU students during Career Fair 2012.

On Saturday, September 20, 2012, New Orleans Field Division Recruiter Dan Holmes and Divisional Primary Firearms Instructor Scott Arseneaux participated in the 2012 Career Fair at the Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. The fair was held inside the Claude B. Bennington Student Activity Center. The fair hosted approximately 800 students and included an employee luncheon which was geared toward allowing additional networking opportunities between students and potential employers.

 

NOFD Recruiter Visits the “CAJUN DOME” at the University of
Louisiana for Career Fair

University of Louisiana Lafayette Student and NOFD SA Recruiter Dan Holmes. University of Louisiana Lafayette Students stopping by to visit DEA’s recruitment table.
University of Louisiana Lafayette Student and NOFD SA Recruiter Dan Holmes.
University of Louisiana Lafayette Students stopping by to visit DEA’s recruitment table.

On Saturday, September 15, 2012, New Orleans Field Division Recruiter Dan Holmes participated in a career fair at the “Cajun Dome” located at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Over 700 students were in attendance. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the 2013 “Best Colleges” according to the U.S. News Media Group. Schools in this category offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs and are committed to groundbreaking research.

 

New Orleans Field Division Personnel Deliver Keynote Address at 2012 Mandeville Dare Graduation

 
Mandeville Police Chief Rick Richard and DEA Group Supervisor Terry Davis
Mandeville Police Chief Rick Richard and DEA Group Supervisor Terry Davis.

At the invitation of Mandeville Police Chief Rick Richard, TDS Group Supervisor/Public Information Officer Terry Davis and Special Support Unit Acting Group Supervisor Treva Whitfield represented the DEA New Orleans Field Division at the 2012 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation ceremony. The graduation was held at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School in Mandeville, Louisiana on Thursday, May 17, 2012. 

A total of 55 fifth grade students graduated after completing an 18 week curriculum led by Officer James Kindler of the Mandeville Police Department.  Officer Kindler recently retired from Mandeville Police Department after 27 years of service and now works part-time to continue the DARE program, with which he has been associated for over 17 years.

Chief Richard and Group Supervisor Davis were the keynote speakers at the event and encouraged the students to make good decisions when confronted with situations involving drugs and alcohol.  Four special students were recognized among their peers and honored as winners of the essay contest.  Henly Crosby’s essay will be entered in the Louisiana statewide competition.  Additionally, there was a raffle of prizes that included the giveaway of the DARE mascot stuffed animal, t-shirts, and other various items, which the students thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 

SAC Fox and the NOFD Take to the Airwaves
to Promote National Take Back Resulting in Record Numbers

 
SAC Fox appearing with Crime Stoppers CEO Darlene Cusanza and FOX reporter Rob Masson.
SAC Fox appearing with Crime Stoppers CEO Darlene Cusanza and FOX reporter Rob Masson.
SAC Fox being interviewed by reporter Latonya Norton from NBC concerning the Take Back Initiative.
SAC Fox being interviewed by reporter Latonya Norton from NBC concerning the Take Back Initiative.
Radio personality Mike Swift from New Orleans station 102.9 and a Take Back patron turning in unwanted prescription drugs.
Radio personality Mike Swift from New Orleans station 102.9 and a Take Back patron turning in unwanted prescription drugs.

During the month of April 2012, SAC Jimmy S. Fox III and other members of the New Orleans Field Division took to the airwaves to get the word out about the fourth Annual National Drug Take Back Initiative.
The activities included appearances by SAC Fox on several news affiliates for ABC and FOX. ASAC Bill Bryant also conducted several on camera interviews with CBS affiliates in Little Rock, AR. Additionally,
GS Louis Lejarza participated in an interview on a
New Orleans based Latino radio station. These efforts, along with printed media, the digital billboard initiative (coverage on digital billboards throughout NOFD), the city bus initiative (Take Back advertisement on NOFD city buses), radio broadcasts from New Orleans
102.9 and the partnership with Crime Stoppers on
their regional website allowed the NOFD to be well represented in our efforts to educate the general
public about the National Take Back Initiative.

These efforts however, paled in comparison to the “behind the scenes” preparation and support from
DEA employees and state and local counterparts all over the NOFD. Consequently, on April 28, 2012, the general public responded overwhelmingly by turning in a record-breaking 19,135.4 pounds of prescription drugs. This represents an increase of over 4,000 pounds from the last initiative. The initiative also
broke records nationally as DEA collected 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the four Take Back initiatives to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation. 

"We are pleased at the response of the American people once again, and we thank them for participating and contributing to the battle against prescription drug abuse,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, who added that 4,268 agencies participated with DEA nationwide in Saturday’s event. “While a uniform system for prescription drug disposal is being finalized, we will continue to sponsor these important take-back opportunities as a service to our communities. Our take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse and give our citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution. These events are only made possible through the dedicated work and commitment of our state, federal, local, and tribal partners and DEA thanks each and every one of them for their efforts on behalf of the American people.”

SAC Fox was quoted as saying, “ Prescription Drugs are the new crack cocaine.  Consequently, the prescription drug epidemic is present in each and every state in this country and it cannot be resolved with enforcement alone.  DEA recognizes the solution involves a proactive response from all affected parties including parents, children and the community as a whole.”

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Four days after the first Take-Back event in September 2010, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is in the process of drafting regulations to implement the Act.
 

DEA New Orleans Recognizes National Crime Victim’s Week

L-R DEA Special Agent Charles Holmes, Special Agent Debbie Webber, and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jim Letton Special Agent Debbie Webber and Victim Witness Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Quinn Smith
L-R DEA Special Agent Charles Holmes, Special Agent Debbie Webber, and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jim Letton
Special Agent Debbie Webber and Victim Witness Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Quinn Smith

On April 22, 2012, SA’s Debbie Webber and Charles Holmes attended the Crime Victims Awareness Informational Fair that was held at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans. The fair, which was also attended by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jim Letton, commemorated National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, which is April 22 through 28, 2012. DEA New Orleans had an information booth where SA Webber, serving as the divisional Victim Witness Coordinator fielded questions from concerned citizens regarding DEA’s involvement in the initiative.

 
DEA New Orleans, Friends and Colleagues Give Habitat for Humanity a Helping Hand
Measuring and cutting siding for installation on home exterior, L-R: Ciara Watson, daughter of GS Watson, DI Shante Gill and ATF ASAC Constance Hester-Davis.
Measuring and cutting siding for installation on home exterior, L-R: Ciara Watson, daughter of GS Watson, DI Shante Gill and ATF ASAC Constance Hester-Davis.

Employees and family members from NOFD DEA, ATF and U.S. Secret Service provided a helping hand to the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Habitat for Humanity on March 10, 2012.

The Habitat Organization was in the second week of construction on a home on Birch Street in New Orleans. Agents, friends and family members from New Orleans, Jackson MS, and Gulfport MS, assisted with the framing of the home, as well as installing exterior windows, siding and support beams for the roofline. Habitat Director Michael Melucci said that he had never seen such a high number of participants from a federal agency during his tenure.

Habitat For Humanity provides housing to prospective home buyers that are approved based on their overall income, credit history and willingness to serve the community in future Habitat for Humanity projects. The homes, which cost approximately $80,000 dollars to build, usually appraise for over $120,000.

With the help of DEA, ATF and the U.S. Secret Service on the Birch Street project, the home will be completed for $40,000 dollars instead of $80,000, thus making the home more affordable for a future owner. Habitat for Humanity builds approximately 100 houses in the greater New Orleans area every year.

One of the participants, DEA ASAC Joseph Shepherd commented, “It is a wonderful feeling to go from breaking down a door in a given neighborhood to helping to build something that is a much needed and positive improvement for a community.”
 
Dinerral Shavers Back to  School Giveaway
On August 14, 2010, the New Orleans Field Division participated in the Dinerral Shavers Back to School Giveaway held at the Target America Exhibit. Mr. Shavers was a teacher and a member of the Hot 8 Brass Band before he was murdered in 2006. Mr. Shavers’ family and friends created the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund to keep the entertainer, educator and father’s dream alive. The fund sponsors several anti-violence rallies, youth programs and annual school supply giveaway. This year the organization decided to utilize the Target America Exhibit as a back drop to bring awareness and educate the youth regarding the danger of drugs. In order for children to be eligible to receive school supplies, each child had to go through the exhibit and fill out a questionnaire regarding the interactive exhibit. Upon completion of the questionnaire, students are provided a certificate to receive school supplies. The NOFD employees and contractors participated by providing information on sections of the exhibit. In addition to school supplies, children received food, drinks, health screenings and appearances by Hot 8 Brass Band, Dora the Explorer and Elmo.

Senior Financial Investigator Calvin Boyer explain this section of the exhibit during the Dinerral Shavers Senior Financial Investigator Calvin Boyer explain this section of the exhibit during the Dinerral Shavers
Back to School Giveaway.
Hot 8 Brass Band performing in courtyard of Old U.S. Mint during the Dinerral Shavers Back to Hot 8 Brass Band performing in courtyard of Old U.S. Mint during the Dinerral Shavers Back to
School Giveaway.

 

2010 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month Kick-off
Premiere Screening of Documentary Film
Highway to Healing: Re-Thinking Addiction in Louisiana


In recognition of National Recovery Month, the New Orleans Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in conjunction with Louisiana State Museum, Children’s Health Initiative, Discover Films and Louisiana Public Broadcasting presented the Premiere Screening of the documentary film, Highway to Healing:  Re-Thinking Addiction in Louisiana.  This free event saluted those who have stepped up on camera to share their personal experiences and the challenges they faced during their journeys out of addiction into a new life in recovery.  National Recovery Month is an annual observance that takes place during the month of September and highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, both for their family, friends, workplace, and society as a whole.  The event’s Mistress of Ceremony was Katherine Martin with opening remarks from Asst. Secretary Kathy Kliebert. Visitors viewed Highway to Healing in multiple areas within Target America and had the opportunity to walk through DEA’s interactive exhibit.

(L-R) Angelique LaCour, Highway to Healing Executive Producer, Asst. Secretary Kathy Kliebert, (L-R) Angelique LaCour, Highway to Healing Executive Producer, Asst. Secretary Kathy Kliebert,
Office of Behavioral Health, Mrs. Ellie Schroder and Representative Ken Schroder.

Premiere Screening of Highway to Healing: Re-Thinking Addiction in Louisiana at Target America Premiere Screening of Highway to Healing: Re-Thinking Addiction in Louisiana at Target America
Ms. Angelique LaCour and Beth Courtney, Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Public Broadcasting Ms. Angelique LaCour and Beth Courtney, Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Highway to Healing cast with Mistress of Ceremony Katherine Martin and Angelique LaCour Highway to Healing cast with Mistress of Ceremony Katherine Martin and Angelique LaCour
   

The New Orleans Field Division in conjunction with the Louisiana National Guard has partnered to teach a universal kindergarten through grade eight school-based prevention program that reduces risk factors and enhances protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as other problem behaviors among students.  The Mendez Foundation, Too Good for Drugs Program, provides support and develops the skills students need to make good decisions when facing the increasing challenges of stress, peer pressure and temptation. This class was taught at the New Orleans Recreation Department upon the request from Crime Stoppers during the Cops for Kids Summer Camp Program.
SFC Vosburg teaching the kids a song that is in the kindergarten Too Good for Drugs Curricullum. SFC Vosburg teaching the kids a song that is in the kindergarten Too Good for Drugs Curricullum.
SFC Vosburg and students singing inter-active song during the Kids for Cops Summer Camp. SFC Vosburg and students singing inter-active song during the Kids for Cops Summer Camp.


DEA Lafayette Post of Duty Task Force Officer Awarded Officer of the Year

Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow, TFO Vernon Jones, Opelousas Police Assistant Chief Willie Smith (Vernon’s father) and myself. On July 19, 2010, DEA Lafayette Post of Duty Task Force Officer Vernon Jones was awarded Officer of the Year by the St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers organization. TFO Jones, a member of the Opelousas Police Department, was honored for his work at the DEA Lafayette Post of Duty/ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.  
NOFD Maltz Challenge
During the 4th Annual Maltz Challenge, the New Orleans Field Division honored the selfless service of United States Marine Corps Corporal Justin �Coop� Cooper of Eupora, Mississippi, who was killed during combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on May 19, 2008. Corporal Cooper served two tours in Iraq, rising quickly through the ranks. Alan Cooper, father of Cpl. Cooper, was told that his son was one of the best scout snipers the Marines had seen in decades. Corporal Cooper was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Cooper graduated from Eupora High School in 2004 and attended Holmes Community College for one semester before enlisting in the Marines. Cpl. Cooper told his father that �his country needed him more at the time than he needed school�. Eupora High school friend, Heather Burchfield, stated that �Coop was that fun-loving, crazy guy everyone liked. He�s the one you always wanted on your side because he is always going to take up for you.� During the 4th Annual Maltz Challenge, the New Orleans Field Division honored the selfless service of United States Marine Corps Corporal Justin “Coop” Cooper of Eupora, Mississippi, who was killed during combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on May 19, 2008. Corporal Cooper served two tours in Iraq, rising quickly through the ranks. Alan Cooper, father of Cpl. Cooper, was told that his son was one of the best scout snipers the Marines had seen in decades. Corporal Cooper was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Cooper graduated from Eupora High School in 2004 and attended Holmes Community College for one semester before enlisting in the Marines. Cpl. Cooper told his father that “his country needed him more at the time than he needed school”. Eupora High school friend, Heather Burchfield, stated that ”Coop was that fun-loving, crazy guy everyone liked. He’s the one you always wanted on your side because he is always going to take up for you.”
Participants in the NOFD Maltz Challenge starting the first of eight workout events, the 400 meter run.  (Running from L-R)  SA George Cazenavette, SA Mark Nicholson, Jeanna Carroll, LSP Trooper Chad Guidry, GS Mike Murphy, GS Keith Billiot and SA Chris Cooley.

Participants in the NOFD Maltz Challenge starting the first of eight workout events, the 400 meter run. (Running from L-R) SA George Cazenavette, SA Mark Nicholson, Jeanna Carroll, LSP Trooper Chad Guidry, GS Mike Murphy, GS Keith Billiot and SA Chris Cooley.

During the 50 repetition pull-up event, SA Mark Nicholson showing that he still has what it takes to be called �The few, the proud, the Marines�.

During the 50 repetition pull-up event, SA Mark Nicholson showing that he still has what it takes to be called “The few, the proud, the Marines”.

Members of Task Force Group 13 running the 400 meters. (L-R)  SA Brian Mariana, GS Ken Solek, TFO David Bean, ATF SA Will Tonglet and TFA Dave Lemoine.  Group waiting for their turn are

Members of Task Force Group 13 running the 400 meters. (L-R) SA Brian Mariana, GS Ken Solek, TFO David Bean, ATF SA Will Tonglet and TFA Dave Lemoine. Group waiting for their turn are

(L-R) SA Scott Brownlee, SA Brad Stevens and SA Keith Spitchley.

SA Keith Spitchley conducting �knee to elbow� event of Maltz Challenge.  Spotter for SA Spitchley is SA Brian Mariana.

SA Keith Spitchley conducting “knee to elbow” event of Maltz Challenge. Spotter for SA Spitchley is SA Brian Mariana.

 

New Orleans Participates in Public Service Recognition Week Activities

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a yearly opportunity to celebrate the everyday work of our nation’s public servants and to improve public understanding of and appreciation for their contributions.  This year’s theme, “Innovation and Opportunity”, gives citizens the chance to see the breadth of groundbreaking work being done in government, from renewable energy to tsunami warning systems, and to explore the many ways to make a difference by choosing careers in public service.

Through exhibits in malls and other public locations across the country, agencies utilized “Innovation and Opportunity” to showcase unique and impactful programs, provide hands-on materials or demonstrations, and promote job and internship opportunities.  This time is also a time to thank public servants for their contributions to our nations.   This year, PSRW was celebrated May 3-9, 2010.

Special Agent Carlton Simmons and Personnel Liaison Specialist Pat Thomas of the New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) engaging with citizens at Lakeside Mall in Metairie, La. during Public Service Recognition Week.

Special Agent Carlton Simmons and Personnel Liaison Specialist Pat Thomas of the New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) engaging with citizens at Lakeside Mall in Metairie, La. during Public Service Recognition Week.

NOFD used this unique platform and opportunity to highlight the exciting work of the Drug Enforcement Administration. NOFD also used this as an opportunity to publicize the agency's mission, highlight the Target America Traveling Museum Exhibit and provide guidance on career opportunities.

NOFD used this unique platform and opportunity to highlight the exciting work of the Drug Enforcement Administration. NOFD also used this as an opportunity to publicize the agency's mission, highlight the Target America Traveling Museum Exhibit and provide guidance on career opportunities.

 

DEA Participates in Dryades YMCA Law Enforcement Day

On April 22, 2010, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents from the New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) participated in the Dryades YMCA’s Law Enforcement Day. Dryades YMCA offers numerous community outreach programs, after-school programs, a summer camp, day care and youth sports programs, most of which are provided free of charge. Academic services are also offered at the facility through the James M. Singleton Charter School.

The event was attended by over 250 children who were taught the mission of the DEA. The children were provided the opportunity to interact with Agents and ask questions regarding drug law enforcement. Additionally, children were given the opportunity to try on equipment associated with the NOFD Clandestine Laboratory Truck and learn about the damages drugs cause to the community. Other participants of the event included the United States Marshal Service, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms.

 

The New Orleans Federal Executive Board awards SAC Jimmy S. Fox III as Outstanding Federal Executive/Agency Head

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, the New Orleans Federal Executive Board held the annual Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon on May 5, 2010, at the Westin Canal Place Hotel, New Orleans, La. The purpose of the awards program is to recognize federal and military employees that were nominated and presented awards for distinguished service in several categories such as Outstanding Federal Executive/Agency Head, Outstanding Community Service Volunteer, Outstanding Administrative Employee, etc. Patricia Brown Jones of the National Weather Service served as the Mistress of Ceremony and the Keynote Speaker was Mark H. Landry, the Interim Director of FEMA-Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office.

SAC Jimmy S. Fox III receiving award for Outstanding Federal Executive/Agency Head.  Pictured (L-R) Mark H. Landry, SAC Fox and Mary Thomas, First Vice Chair of Federal Executive Board.

SAC Jimmy S. Fox III receiving award for Outstanding Federal Executive/Agency Head. Pictured (L-R) Mark H. Landry, SAC Fox and Mary Thomas, First Vice Chair of Federal Executive Board.

Michelle Nuss, NOFD Accountant, received Honorable Mention Recognition in the category of Outstanding Professional Employee.  Pictured (L-R) Mary Thomas of IRS, Ms. Nuss and Interim FEMA Director, Mark H. Landry.

Michelle Nuss, NOFD Accountant, received Honorable Mention Recognition in the category of Outstanding Professional Employee. Pictured (L-R) Mary Thomas of IRS, Ms. Nuss and Interim FEMA Director, Mark H. Landry.

SAC Fox and Michelle Nuss at the conclusion of the Federal Executive Board Distinguished Service Award Luncheon.

SAC Fox and Michelle Nuss at the conclusion of the Federal Executive Board Distinguished Service Award Luncheon.

 

NOFD Hosts Symposium to Educate Law Enforcement and Prosecutors on Emerging Drug Trends
SAC Jimmy S. Fox III welcoming law enforcement officials and prosecutors for the Emerging Drug Trends  Symposium held at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 22, 2010.

SAC Jimmy S. Fox III welcoming law enforcement officials and prosecutors for the Emerging Drug Trends Symposium held at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 22, 2010.

Representative Ricky  J. Templet, Louisiana State House of Representatives, addressing audience regarding recent legislature that he sponsored making Spice, Mojeaux and other similar �herbal� incense illegal.

Representative Ricky J. Templet, Louisiana State House of Representatives, addressing audience regarding recent legislature that he sponsored making Spice, Mojeaux and other similar “herbal” incense illegal.

Special Agent Gary Boggs, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Administrator of Diversion Control, provided a presentation regarding the emergence of Spice, BZP, Foxy and other drugs the law enforcement community needed to be aware of.

Special Agent Gary Boggs, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Administrator of Diversion Control, provided a presentation regarding the emergence of Spice, BZP, Foxy and other drugs the law enforcement community needed to be aware of.

 

 

Headquarters Based DEA Employees Give Their Time to Habitat for Humanity in St. Tammany Parish
On March 13, 2010, several members of the DEA IMPACT instructional team volunteered their time off to provide assistance in helping to build safe and affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian based organization that helps to provide housing to low income families throughout the world. Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response program also helps and continues to help families left homeless after natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. Pictured L-R: Eric Pringle, Che’ McEvilley, Jeff Duff, Audrea Tarver, Bridget Green, and Matthew Siegel.

On March 13, 2010, several members of the DEA IMPACT instructional team volunteered their time off to provide assistance in helping to build safe and affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian based organization that helps to provide housing to low income families throughout the world. Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response program also helps and continues to help families left homeless after natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. Pictured L-R: Eric Pringle, Che’ McEvilley, Jeff Duff, Audrea Tarver, Bridget Green, and Matthew Siegel.

The team assisted with cutting wood to rebuild a home in St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Pictured L-R: Jeff Duff and Eric Pringle getting the equipment ready for use.

The team assisted with cutting wood to rebuild a home in St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Pictured L-R: Jeff Duff and Eric Pringle getting the equipment ready for use.

Their work ranged from cutting wood to trimming lattices in preparation for decorating the newly renovated home. Pictured L-R: Audrea Tarver and Bridget Green.

Their work ranged from cutting wood to trimming lattices in preparation for decorating the newly renovated home. Pictured L-R: Audrea Tarver and Bridget Green.

Their work ranged from cutting wood to trimming lattices in preparation for decorating the newly renovated home. Pictured L-R: Audrea Tarver and Bridget Green.

Matthew Siegel and Eric Pringle are getting the baseboards in place and Che’ McEvilley is cutting the boards.

Their work ranged from cutting wood to trimming lattices in preparation for decorating the newly renovated home. Pictured L-R: Audrea Tarver and Bridget Green.

 

Rick Finley Scholarship Fund at University of Little Rock, Arkansas
On February 5, 2010, Assistant Special Agent in Charge William J. Bryant of the DEA Little Rock District Office and Angela Elizandro of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock met with Grace Finley (mother of Rick Finley) and other family members. Grace Finley presented a check for $5,000 given to her by the DEA Survivors Benefit Fund, to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for the Rick Finley Scholarship fund. The Rick Finley Scholarship was set up to honor Special Agent Rick Finley, who died in the line of duty on May 20, 1989. The Rick Finley Scholarship is for a full or part time graduate/undergraduate student in the field of Law Enforcement or related field at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is based on financial need. The scholarship recipient must be a child of a current/retired/slain law enforcement officer and must be in good academic standing. The memory of Rick Finley and his dedication to law enforcement continues to live on and help others.
Portrait of S/A Rickie C. Finley in the jungles of South America.
Portrait of S/A Rickie C. Finley in the jungles of South America.
ASAC Bill Bryant, Little Rock District Office, providing audience insight regarding drug related issues and threats within their community.
Picture of Police Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to S/A Rickie C. Finley.

 

Rock District Office Educates Bankers on Arkansas Drug Threatse
On January 27, 2010, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) William J. Bryant gave a block of instruction to the Arkansas Bankers Association at the Bank Secrecy Conference held in Little Rock, Arkansas.  ASAC Bryant addressed the crowd of 90 attendees to discuss the state of Arkansas being designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as part of the Gulf Coast HIDTA.  ASAC Bryant also discussed with the attendees the significance of the Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) completed by Financial Institutions and their importance in financial investigations.
ASAC Bill Bryant, Little Rock District Office, providing audience insight regarding drug related issues and threats within their community.

ASAC Bill Bryant, Little Rock District Office, providing audience insight regarding drug related issues and threats within their community.

Members of Arkansas Bankers Association  listening to  presentation by ASAC Bill Bryant regarding Methamphetamine being Arkansas’s number one drug threat.
Members of Arkansas Bankers Association listening to presentation by ASAC Bill Bryant regarding Methamphetamine being Arkansas�s number one drug threat.

 

NOFD and US Marines Complete A Successful Toys for Tots Drive
Pictured (L-R) are Pat Thomas, Breanna Parra, Rachel Weil and Gunnery Sergeant Luke Violett.

Pictured (L-R) are Pat Thomas, Breanna Parra, Rachel Weil and Gunnery Sergeant Luke Violett.

Pictured (L-R) Rachel Weil , Breanna Parra, SAC Jimmy S. Fox III, and Pat Thomas providing all the donation boxes to Gunnery Sergeant Violett.
Pictured (L-R) Rachel Weil , Breanna Parra, SAC Jimmy S. Fox III, and Pat Thomas providing all the donation boxes to Gunnery Sergeant Violett.

 

Louisiana Methodist Children's Home
On December 15, 2009, Connie Cummings (L), Elisa Blackwell (Center) and Special Agent Debbie Webber (not picture), from the NOFD presented the children with their gifts at the Methodist Home upon arrival from school.  They also provided various refreshments to the children in preparation of them receiving their gifts.  Also assisting in the preparation is the home’s Receptionist, Brandi Shephard (R).
On December 15, 2009, Connie Cummings (L), Elisa Blackwell (Center) and Special Agent Debbie Webber (not picture), from the NOFD presented the children with their gifts at the Methodist Home upon arrival from school. They also provided various refreshments to the children in preparation of them receiving their gifts. Also assisting in the preparation is the home�s Receptionist, Brandi Shephard (R).
Intelligence Research Specialist Elisa Blackwell from the NOFD spearheaded a community service effort to sponsor 12 children from the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Mandeville, LA, by providing gifts from their Christmas Wish List.  Pictured here are the gifts that were purchased by various personnel and groups assigned to the DEA New Orleans Office.  The effort was a huge success as all 12 children were sponsored for their gifts and several hall gifts were also purchased.  The hall gifts will be opened by the children on Christmas Day.  The ages of the children in the home range from 13 – 17 years of age.
Intelligence Research Specialist Elisa Blackwell from the NOFD spearheaded a community service effort to sponsor 12 children from the Louisiana Methodist Children�s Home in Mandeville, LA, by providing gifts from their Christmas Wish List. Pictured here are the gifts that were purchased by various personnel and groups assigned to the DEA New Orleans Office. The effort was a huge success as all 12 children were sponsored for their gifts and several hall gifts were also purchased. The hall gifts will be opened by the children on Christmas Day. The ages of the children in the home range from 13 to 17 years of age.
Posing with some of the gifts provided by the New Orleans Office are (L-R) Jessica Noosel, Therapist, Connie Cummings, NOFD, Elisa Blackwell, NOFD, Steven Weymouth, Office of Community Services Liaison, Marlin Giacona, Director, Brandi Shephard, Receptionist, and Drew Willis, Supervisor.  All in attendance stated the children were excited and extremely happy to receive their gifts and refreshments.

Posing with some of the gifts provided by the New Orleans Office are (L-R) Jessica Noosel, Therapist, Connie Cummings, NOFD, Elisa Blackwell, NOFD, Steven Weymouth, Office of Community Services Liaison, Marlin Giacona, Director, Brandi Shephard, Receptionist, and Drew Willis, Supervisor. All in attendance stated the children were excited and extremely happy to receive their gifts and refreshments.

 

NOFD Intelligence briefs drug threat to local Law Enforcement Leadership

On November 4, 2009, Intelligence Research Specialists (IRS) Chris Ortiz and Dan Warner briefed law enforcement executives in Jefferson Parish, LA on the major drug threats facing the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. This briefing was another in a series that was initiated by the Divisional Intelligence Group several months ago.
On November 4, 2009, Intelligence Research Specialists (IRS) Chris Ortiz and Dan Warner briefed law enforcement executives in Jefferson Parish, LA on the major drug threats facing the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. This briefing was another in a series that was initiated by the Divisional Intelligence Group several months ago.

On November 4, 2009, Intelligence Research Specialists (IRS) Chris Ortiz and Dan Warner briefed law enforcement executives in Jefferson Parish, LA on the major drug threats facing the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. This briefing was another in a series that was initiated by the Divisional Intelligence Group several months ago.

Pictured L to R: IRS Warner, Major Dwayne Babin (City of Kenner Police Department), Chief Dwayne Munch (Westwego Police Department), Chief Arthur Lawson (Gretna Police Department), Chief Deputy John Thevinot (Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office) and IRS Ortiz

Pictured L to R: IRS Warner, Major Dwayne Babin (City of Kenner Police Department), Chief Dwayne Munch (Westwego Police Department), Chief Arthur Lawson (Gretna Police Department), Chief Deputy John Thevinot (Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office) and IRS Ortiz.


Benton Arkansas Police Explorers
Saline County Sheriff's Sgt. Allison Hoskins shows the Explorers how to complete a compliant handcuffing technique.
Saline County Sheriff's Sgt. Allison Hoskins shows the Explorers how to complete a compliant handcuffing technique.
Saline County Sheriff's Det. Jeremy Hammons, far left, monitors a "shoot-don’t shoot" scenario.  The Explorers were also shown the basics of performing tactical entries.
Saline County Sheriff's Det. Jeremy Hammons, far left, monitors a "shoot-don't shoot" scenario. The Explorers were also shown the basics of performing tactical entries.
On October 27, 2009 the Benton Arkansas Police Explorers participated in a law enforcement demonstration at the Little Rock DO.  Pictured is SA Keith Warzecha demonstrating compliant/non-compliant handcuffing techniques.

On October 27, 2009 the Benton Arkansas Police Explorers participated in a law enforcement demonstration at the Little Rock DO. Pictured is SA Keith Warzecha demonstrating compliant/non-compliant handcuffing techniques.

 

Narcotic Overdose Prevention and Education National Candlelight Vigil

Group Supervisor Warren Rivera
(L-R)  Carol Fazzio, Chairperson of Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area Chapter of NOPE, Group Supervisor Warren Rivera, New Orleans Field Division Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS), and Sally Ann Roberts, Anchor for WWL-TV and Mistress of Ceremony for Candlelight Vigil.

On October 29, 2009, the Narcotic Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) Task Force held their National Candlelight Vigil in memory of the many lives tragically destroyed or lost to substance abuse. The New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) was invited to attend and participated in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area Chapter of the NOPE Task Force, Candlelight Vigil held at the University of New Orleans. There were several keynote speakers including NOFD Group Supervisor, Warren Rivera. GS Rivera explained DEA's Mission and the focus of the Demand Reduction Programs such as Red Ribbon week, which places emphasis on Drug Awareness Education and having our children to commit to a Drug Free Life Style.

 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Mr. Bourgeois with cake that was served at the surprise reception.
Mr. Roy Bourgeois expressing thanks to members of NOFD for their support.
ASAC Kevin Harrison and Mr. Roy Bourgeois during surprise reception held in conjunction to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

On October 28, 2009, the New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) sponsored a surprise reception in the NOFD Training Room to recognize Mr. Roy Bourgeois during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Mr. Bourgeois is hearing impaired and has been employed with the NOFD for eleven years. ASAC Kevin Harrison spoke regarding the valued contributions made by Mr. Bourgeois and many other Disabled Americans to our society and workforce. Mr. Bourgeois was provided gifts containing sports paraphernalia of his favorite athletic teams and he expressed thanks to all those in attendance. The event concluded with cake and refreshments.

 

New Orleans Chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security

On October 29, 2009, the New Orleans Chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), held its’ monthly luncheon at a local restaurant.  The New Orleans Field Division was invited and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jimmy S. Fox III provided the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Mission and how drug trafficking impacts their industry.  Field Intelligence Manager (FIM) Henry “Rooster” Richardson and Intelligence Research Specialist (IRS) Jainay Shaw elaborated further on DEA initiatives and Drug Trafficking Trends.  (L-R) IRS Shaw, New Orleans Chapter ASIS President Kent Lirette, SAC Fox and FIM Richardson

On October 29, 2009, the New Orleans Chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), held its’ monthly luncheon at a local restaurant. The New Orleans Field Division was invited and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jimmy S. Fox III provided the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Mission and how drug trafficking impacts their industry. Field Intelligence Manager (FIM) Henry “Rooster” Richardson and Intelligence Research Specialist (IRS) Jainay Shaw elaborated further on DEA initiatives and Drug Trafficking Trends. (L-R) IRS Shaw, New Orleans Chapter ASIS President Kent Lirette, SAC Fox and FIM Richardson


NOFD participates in the Institute for Social Justice’s International Crime Summit

The Institute for Social Justice held it’s International Crime Summit October 21-24, 2009 at the Hilton St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans, La. The summit’s topic focused on “Global Initiatives in the Prevention of Crime”. The New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) was invited to participate and provide the Drug Enforcement Administration’s initiatives that assist in the Prevention of Drug Related Crimes. The summit had presentations from foreign, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as participants from the several education institutions, religious groups, elected officials and other community organizations.

L-R Dr. J.D. Smith, Executive Director for Institute for Social Justice, SAC Jimmy S. Fox III and Carmelita Pope Freeman, Southwest Regional Director of United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service.  Dr. Smith presented the NOFD with a plaque for participating in the summit and SAC Fox also received recognition as a “Law Enforcement Icon” by the Institute for Social Justice.

L-R Dr. J.D. Smith, Executive Director for Institute for Social Justice, SAC Jimmy S. Fox III and Carmelita Pope Freeman, Southwest Regional Director of United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service. Dr. Smith presented the NOFD with a plaque for participating in the summit and SAC Fox also received recognition as a “Law Enforcement Icon” by the Institute for Social Justice.


Special Agent Mark Kiger, New Orleans Field Division Training Coordinator, presented a session on “Illegal Drugs” at the Institute for Social Justice’s International Crime Summit held in New Orleans, La.  During the presentation, SA Kiger provided audience guidance in identifying different types of drugs, paraphernalia and behavior associated with drug use and abuse. Special Agent Mark Kiger, New Orleans Field Division Training Coordinator, presented a session on “Illegal Drugs” at the Institute for Social Justice’s International Crime Summit held in New Orleans, La.  During the presentation, SA Kiger provided audience guidance in identifying different types of drugs, paraphernalia and behavior associated with drug use and abuse.

Special Agent Mark Kiger, New Orleans Field Division Training Coordinator, presented a session on “Illegal Drugs” at the Institute for Social Justice’s International Crime Summit held in New Orleans, La. During the presentation, SA Kiger provided audience guidance in identifying different types of drugs, paraphernalia and behavior associated with drug use and abuse.

 

American Cancer Society-Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
On October 10, 2009, members of he New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) participated in the American Cancer Society’s 2009 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  The event is a non-competitive three to five mile walk that unites people of all ages with a common goal to fight breast cancer and saving lives by raising awareness and funds.  Joanne Strausbaugh, an NOFD employee and Breast Cancer Survivor, participated in the event with the support of several other NOFD employees.  NOFD raised $750.00 in donations to support the American Cancer Society Research initiatives.
On October 10, 2009, members of he New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) participated in the American Cancer Society�s 2009 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The event is a non-competitive three to five mile walk that unites people of all ages with a common goal to fight breast cancer and saving lives by raising awareness and funds. Joanne Strausbaugh, an NOFD employee and Breast Cancer Survivor, participated in the event with the support of several other NOFD employees. NOFD raised $750.00 in donations to support the American Cancer Society Research initiatives.
NOFD Participants in the New Orleans Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  First Row L-R  Michelle Nuss, Joanne Strausbaugh, Michelle Martin, 2nd Row- Connie Cummings and Cara Strausbaugh, 3rd Row-Michelle Lebeau, Kenny Strausbaugh, Gary Schenck, Vickie Schenck, Stephanie Swift.

NOFD Participants in the New Orleans Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. First Row L-R Michelle Nuss, Joanne Strausbaugh, Michelle Martin, 2nd Row- Connie Cummings and Cara Strausbaugh, 3rd Row-Michelle Lebeau, Kenny Strausbaugh, Gary Schenck, Vickie Schenck, Stephanie Swift.


New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) Hispanic Heritage Month Program
The guest speaker for the New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) Hispanic Heritage Month Program was Jefferson Parish Sheriff, Newell Normand. Sheriff Normand reflected on his traditional Nicaraguan upbringing and shared many memories of his youth with the guests.

The guest speaker for the New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) Hispanic Heritage Month Program was Jefferson Parish Sheriff, Newell Normand. Sheriff Normand reflected on his traditional Nicaraguan upbringing and shared many memories of his youth with the guests.

During the NOFD Hispanic Month Awareness Program, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jimmy S. Fox III (right) and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), Superintendent Warren Riley (left), presented a Certificate of Appreciation and NOPD officer Andres Gonzalez for his bravery and honored representation of the Hispanic Community. Officer Gonzalez was involved in a foot pursuit when he was shot by the suspect, resulting in Officer Gonzalez’ confinement to a wheel chair. During the presentation, SAC Fox advised that Officer Gonzalez has been nominated to become an Honorary DEA Agent.

During the NOFD Hispanic Month Awareness Program, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jimmy S. Fox III (right) and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), Superintendent Warren Riley (left), presented a Certificate of Appreciation and NOPD officer Andres Gonzalez for his bravery and honored representation of the Hispanic Community. Officer Gonzalez was involved in a foot pursuit when he was shot by the suspect, resulting in Officer Gonzalez’ confinement to a wheel chair. During the presentation, SAC Fox advised that Officer Gonzalez has been nominated to become an Honorary DEA Agent.

After Hurricane Katrina devistated New Orleans, Chef Saul volunteered countless hours cooking for law enforcement and the Louisiana National Guard during

After Hurricane Katrina devistated New Orleans, Chef Saul volunteered countless hours cooking for law enforcement and the Louisiana National Guard during

the recovery efforts. SAC Fox also presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Chef Saul in his dedication and service the community.

 


New Orleans Field Division collects donations for food bank
ASAC Richard Daniels (wearing a tie) along with members of HIDTA Intel and HIDTA Group 11 helping to unload donations at the Covington Food Bank
ASAC Richard Daniels (wearing a tie) along with members of HIDTA Intel and HIDTA Group 11 helping to unload donations at the Covington Food Bank
L-R HIDTA Group 11 GS Glen Kages, HIDTA Intel GS Pamela White, IRS Elisa Blackwell and Director of the Covington Food Bank, Jackie Catalanotto.

 

L-R HIDTA Group 11 GS Glen Kages, HIDTA Intel GS Pamela White, IRS Elisa Blackwell and Director of the Covington Food Bank, Jackie Catalanotto.

 

In the local media outlets, it was reported that the Covington Food Bank was down to only a few days of supplies and it was expected to run out soon as they prepared to go into their busiest season. According to the volunteers at the facility, the shortcomings were at near historic proportions. The Covington Food Bank is managed through All Saints Ministries and serves a three-parish region north of Lake Pontchartrain, serving as many as 700 families during the holidays. The food bank operates with no federal, state or city funding, relying entirely on donations grants and fundraisers. New Orleans Field Division Intelligence Research Specialist, Elisa Blackwell, heard the food bank�s plea to the public for assistance and initiated a drive for food and supplies at the NOFD. The food drive raised $3000.00 worth of food and $200 in cash.


"NOFD Presented Trends to Republic of Moldova "
The New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) presented a briefing concerning Eastern European Drug Trafficking Trends to a delegation of Prosecutors from the Republic of Moldova.  From left to right-Prosecutor Viorel Morari, Chief of Criminal Investigation in the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, NOFD Intelligence Research Specialist Chris Ortiz, Prosecutor Cristina Burlac, International Relations and European Integration Division of Prosecutor’s General Office, SAC Jimmy S. Fox III, Prosecutor Mirandolina Susitcaia, Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, Prosecutor Gheorge Murgulet, Director of General Criminal Investigation Division, Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption, and Prosecutor Valerii Sircu, Director of Service on Prevention and Combating Money-Laundering and Terrorist Financing, Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption.

The New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) presented a briefing concerning Eastern European Drug Trafficking Trends to a delegation of Prosecutors from the Republic of Moldova.  From left to right-Prosecutor Viorel Morari, Chief of Criminal Investigation in the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, NOFD Intelligence Research Specialist Chris Ortiz, Prosecutor Cristina Burlac, International Relations and European Integration Division of Prosecutor’s General Office, SAC Jimmy S. Fox III, Prosecutor Mirandolina Susitcaia, Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, Prosecutor Gheorge Murgulet, Director of General Criminal Investigation Division, Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption, and Prosecutor Valerii Sircu, Director of Service on Prevention and Combating Money-Laundering and Terrorist Financing, Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption.   


"Swearing in of U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance"
United States Attorney General Eric Holder and Special Agent in Charge Jimmy S. Fox III meeting

 

United States Attorney General Eric Holder and Special Agent in Charge Jimmy S. Fox III meeting at the swearing in of Northern District of Alabama, United States Attorney  Joyce White Vance, at the Robert S. Vance Federal Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama.

 


"Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Convention "
Diversion Investigators (DI’s) Angela Lee of Jackson District Office and Rita Esquivel New Orleans Field Division gave a presentation to the Louisiana Pharmacist Association about the functions of the DEA Diversion Groups.  The conference was July 16-18-2009 in Lake Charles, LA.     DI'S Esquivel and Lee also maintained a booth in which educational materials and DEA materials (with the DEA website) were distributed.

The New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) held a recruitment booth at the New Orleans Hilton during the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity 103rd Anniversary Convention held July 16-18, 2009. Attending to an interested candidate were (from L-R) NOFD Diversion Acting Group Supervisor Alan J. Clesi, DEA Headquarters Section Chief Cheryl Hooper and DEA South Central Laboratory Senior Forensic Chemist Cornell Wilson, Jr.

 


"LA Pharmacist Assoc. Presentation"
Diversion Investigators (DI’s) Angela Lee of Jackson District Office and Rita Esquivel New Orleans Field Division gave a presentation to the Louisiana Pharmacist Association about the functions of the DEA Diversion Groups.  The conference was July 16-18-2009 in Lake Charles, LA.     DI'S Esquivel and Lee also maintained a booth in which educational materials and DEA materials (with the DEA website) were distributed.

 

Diversion Investigators (DI’s) Angela Lee of Jackson District Office and Rita Esquivel New Orleans Field Division gave a presentation to the Louisiana Pharmacist Association about the functions of the DEA Diversion Groups. The conference was July 16-18-2009 in Lake Charles, LA. DI'S Esquivel and Lee also maintained a booth in which educational materials and DEA materials (with the DEA website) were distributed.

 


"Certificates of Appreciation"
SAC Jimmy S. Fox, III presents Certificates of Appreciation to La Quinta Hotel and Suites Management Staff.  (L-R) SAC Fox, Angel Hayes, Donnie Hardy and Zach Allen.

SAC Jimmy S. Fox, III presents Certificates of Appreciation to La Quinta Hotel and Suites Management Staff. (L-R) SAC Fox, Angel Hayes, Donnie Hardy and Zach Allen.

 


"Certificates of Appreciation"
New Orleans Field Division and DEA Office of Training presented Certificates of Appreciation to La Quinta Hotels and Suites, the St. Tammany Parish Fire Department and the Louisiana National Guard in their cooperation in hosting the DEA Firearms Instructor Course at Camp Villere, Louisiana.  From Left to right:  Zach Allen (La Quinta Area Sales & Marketing), Donnie Hardy ( La Quinta Asst. Manager), Angel Hayes (La Quinta Area Manager), SAC Jimmy S. Fox III, Larry Hess (Fire Chief of St. Tammany Fire Protection Dist.#1), Chris Kaufmann (St. Tammany Fire Protection Chief of Administration) and Command Sergeant Major Troy Barron (Camp Villere Post Command Sergeant Major)

New Orleans Field Division and DEA Office of Training presented Certificates of Appreciation to La Quinta Hotels and Suites, the St. Tammany Parish Fire Department and the Louisiana National Guard in their cooperation in hosting the DEA Firearms Instructor Course at Camp Villere, Louisiana. From Left to right: Zach Allen (La Quinta Area Sales & Marketing), Donnie Hardy ( La Quinta Asst. Manager), Angel Hayes (La Quinta Area Manager), SAC Jimmy S. Fox III, Larry Hess (Fire Chief of St. Tammany Fire Protection Dist.#1), Chris Kaufmann (St. Tammany Fire Protection Chief of Administration) and Command Sergeant Major Troy Barron (Camp Villere Post Command Sergeant Major)


"Engaging and Empowering Community Residents"
Reverend Jesse Turner, Pine Bluff Weed and Seed Program Coordinator addresses the attendees at the “Engaging and Empowering Community Residents” Fun Day. To the left of Reverend Turner is United States Attorney Jane Duke, Eastern District of Arkansas.

Reverend Jesse Turner, Pine Bluff Weed and Seed Program Coordinator addresses the attendees at the “Engaging and Empowering Community Residents” Fun Day. To the left of Reverend Turner is United States Attorney Jane Duke, Eastern District of Arkansas.


"Engaging and Empowering Community Residents"
Pine Bluff Police Department Chief John Howell (at the podium), addresses the citizens and community leaders of Pine Bluff during their “Engaging and Empowering Community Residents” Fun Day outing. Also present is United States Attorney Jane Duke, Eastern District of Arkansas, standing to the left of Chief Howell. Special Agents, Task Force Officers and the Arkansas National Guard from the Little Rock District Office also participated in this event.

Pine Bluff Police Department Chief John Howell (at the podium), addresses the citizens and community leaders of Pine Bluff during their “Engaging and Empowering Community Residents” Fun Day outing. Also present is United States Attorney Jane Duke, Eastern District of Arkansas, standing to the left of Chief Howell. Special Agents, Task Force Officers and the Arkansas National Guard from the Little Rock District Office also participated in this event.


"National Night Out Against Crime"

The “National Night Out Against Crime” was held on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Special Agent in Charge Jimmy S. Fox III, New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) was in attendance (Far right). Also attending the annual event was (L-R) GS Roberto E. Bryan, Jr, NOFD Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Jay Favalora with the New Orleans Police Department, 6 th District, Darlene G. Cusanza, Crime Stoppers Executive Director, Billy Kullman, Crime Stoppers President, and Pam Schafer, Crime Stoppers Board Member.

The “National Night Out Against Crime” was held on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Special Agent in Charge Jimmy S. Fox III, New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) was in attendance (Far right). Also attending the annual event was (L-R) GS Roberto E. Bryan, Jr, NOFD Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Jay Favalora with the New Orleans Police Department, 6 th District, Darlene G. Cusanza, Crime Stoppers Executive Director, Billy Kullman, Crime Stoppers President, and Pam Schafer, Crime Stoppers Board Member.


Diversion Symposium

At the conclusion of the New Orleans Field Division’s Diversion Symposium, Special Agent in Charge Jimmy S. Fox III presented Dr. Hal Crossley with a New Orleans Field Division Fleur-de-lis paperweight for his participation in the program.

At the conclusion of the New Orleans Field Division’s Diversion Symposium, Special Agent in Charge Jimmy S. Fox III presented Dr. Hal Crossley with a New Orleans Field Division Fleur-de-lis paperweight for his participation in the program.


Diversion Symposium

Guest Speaker Dr. Hal Crossley addresses the crowd in attendance for the New Orleans Field Division’s Diversion Symposium on “The Role of Addiction in Pain Management” held on August 25, 2009.

Guest Speaker Dr. Hal Crossley addresses the crowd in attendance for the New Orleans Field Division’s Diversion Symposium on “The Role of Addiction in Pain Management” held on August 25, 2009.


The Gulf Coast HIDTA Roundtable Meeting

Attending the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Roundtable Meeting held at the New Orleans Field Division on August 25, 2009 are (L-R), Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurice Landrieu, United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Louisiana Drug Unit Chief, Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Louisiana, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Jimmy S. Fox III, Special Agent in Charge of New Orleans Field Division, David R. Dugas, U.S. Attorney Middle District of Louisiana, and Tony Soto, Director of Gulf Coast HIDTA.

Attending the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Roundtable Meeting held at the New Orleans Field Division on August 25, 2009 are (L-R), Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurice Landrieu, United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Louisiana Drug Unit Chief, Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Louisiana, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Jimmy S. Fox III, Special Agent in Charge of New Orleans Field Division, David R. Dugas, U.S. Attorney Middle District of Louisiana, and Tony Soto, Director of Gulf Coast HIDTA.


The Gulf Coast HIDTA Roundtable Meeting

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand (middle facing away) address members of the HIDTA Roundtable, (L-R) SAC Jimmy Fox III, New Orleans Field Division, Director Gil Kerlikowske, ONDCP, Director Tony Soto, Gulf Coast HIDTA and Major General Bennett Landreneau, Adjutant General for the Louisiana Army National Guard.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand (middle facing away) address members of the HIDTA Roundtable, (L-R) SAC Jimmy Fox III, New Orleans Field Division, Director Gil Kerlikowske, ONDCP, Director Tony Soto, Gulf Coast HIDTA and Major General Bennett Landreneau, Adjutant General for the Louisiana Army National Guard.

 

 

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