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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2005
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Hurricane Katrina Contact Information
Washington, D.C.-In light of damage sustained to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Orleans, Louisiana and Gulfport, Mississippi offices, all operational assets for the DEA’s New Orleans Division are now being based out of the Baton Rouge DEA office until further notice.
Any media related inquiries for the DEA’s New Orleans Division should at this time be directed to DEA Headquarters Public Affairs.
Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall last Monday, agents from the DEA have been providing assistance to State and local law enforcement. At this time, a total of 113 Special Agents and Pilots have been deployed to provide law enforcement and rescue/humanitarian assistance to 13 law enforcement agencies in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Of the above 113 Special Agents:
Currently, five DEA helicopters are stationed in the New Orleans area to assist with law enforcement and rescue operations.
DEA is also working with Texas and Arkansas pharmacy boards to provide assistance with emergency prescription refill procedures in response to requests from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama residents.
DEA division offices throughout the South and Midwest have provided assistance
in the form of equipment, power generators and manpower. All such assistance
is being funneled into affected areas using DEA aircraft operating out
of the DEA Aviation Unit in Fort Worth, TX.