DEA Museum Lecture Series

The DEA Museum, with the support of the DEA Educational Foundation, hosts a monthly lecture series each Spring and Fall. This unique program features a variety of speakers from the past and present ranks of the Drug Enforcement Administration as well as guest speakers from a variety of organizations and backgrounds. The DEA Museum Lecture Series provides a fascinating insiders look at key moments in drug law enforcement history.

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2015 Lecture Series

Operation Tiger Trap: The Rise and Fall of Khun Sa & The Drug Trade in SE Asia

Thursday, June 25, 2015
11:00 AM Eastern
DEA Museum HQS Auditorium with free LIVE webcast

Please join retired DEA Country Attaché John Whalen as he discusses narcotics trafficker Khun Sa and DEA’s Operation Tiger Trap. His presentation will cover Khun Sa’s rise to power, his eventual fall, how Operation Tiger Trap facilitated his demise, and how the vacuum created by his surrender to the Burmese government has been filled by other non-state armed groups in Burma who continue to traffic in narcotics. Please join us at the DEA Museum auditorium or via free live webcast.

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A Look Behind the Curtain: The History of DEA’s Special Operations Division

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
11 AM Eastern
DEA Museum HQS Auditorium with free LIVE webcast

Operations Adam Bomb, Crystal Light, One-Eyed Mule & Angry Pirate – these are just a few of the many drug interdictions overseen by DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD). Please join us for a spirited discussion on the history of this division as we take a look behind the curtain. This program will feature panelists Michael Horn, former DEA Chief of International Operations; Joseph Keefe, former DEA Chief of Operations; Robert Nieves, former DEA Chief of International Operations; and John Wallace, former DEA Chief Counsel for International Law & Intelligence. It will be moderated by DEA Acting Chief of Congressional and Public Affairs Gary Owen. Please join us at the DEA Museum Auditorium or via free live webcast.

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2014 Lecture Series

Federal Drug Law Enforcement 100 Year Centennial 1914-2014

Targeting the Mafia: FBN, Organized Crime, and Drugs

Thursday, November 6, 2014
11 AM Eastern
DEA Museum HQS Auditorium with free LIVE webcast

In the first half of the 20th century, the Mafia as a criminal organization was not yet into drugs. In the post-World War II era, Mafia members in New York City, the hub of the heroin trade in the U.S., became active in the heroin trade, eventually hooking up with European drug sources from the infamous “Unione Corse” and “French Connection.” Narcotic Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) kept close tabs on them and regularly compiled intelligence reports that helped produce numerous arrests and convictions. In later years, this extensive knowledge base of these old Mafia family ties and associations would prove invaluable. Join former FBN Narcotic Agent and retired DEA Assistant Administrator for Operations John J. Coleman, PhD, as he discusses FBN, organized crime, and drugs in the 1960s.

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Standing in the Shadows:

The Legacy of Harry J. Anslinger, First Commissioner of Narcotics

Wednesday, October 15, 2 PM Eastern

Join Retired Penn State History Professor John C. McWilliams, author of The Protectors, the definitive biography of the life and career of Harry J. Anslinger, in remembering the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, American Representative to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and Father of International Drug Law Enforcement. With remarks by retired DEA Special Agent Charles H. Lutz. Reception immediately following, sponsored by AFFNA.

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The Early Years:

A Panel Discussion on the Era of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics

Friday, September 19, 11:00 AM Eastern

Join a panel of retired FBN Agents that include Bill Alden, Jerry Carey, Jack Lloyd, Pete Scrocca, and others as they share experiences and recollections of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. The program is being webcast live from the Annual Conference of the Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents (AFFNA) in Naples, Florida.

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Not Just in the Jungle: Knocking Out Clandestine Cocaine and Methadone Drug Labs in the U.S.

June 10, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern
Special Agents Fred Gregory (retired) and Harold Patin (retired)

DEA has worked closely with countries around the globe to curtail the production of illegal drugs, but the United States also had to contend with clandestine labs within its own borders. Please join Retired Special Agents Fred Gregory and Harold Patin as they speak about domestic clandestine cocaine and methadone labs that made the headlines in the 1980s.

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What Have We Learned: Four Decades of Addiction, Neurobiology, and Treatment Research

Friday, June 6, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern
Mark S. Gold, M.D.

Learn about the evolution of drug, tobacco, and alcohol addiction research over the past forty years, where we are today with understanding how drugs affect the body and brain, how addictions—once thought untreatable—are successfully treated, and what the future may look like in this changing field.

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Prescription Drug Abuse: A New Subculture of Heroin Addiction

April 15, 2014, 2 PM ET

Prescription drug abuse is an escalating problem, but with ongoing restrictions and the high cost of prescription opiates, many of the abusers have turned to cheaper heroin to feed their addiction. Robert L. Hill, Executive Assistant with DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, will give an overview of prescription opiate abuse and misuse on a national level. Since Baltimore, Maryland is a microcosm of a wider epidemic of the problem of prescription opiate abuse leading to a whole new subculture of heroin addiction, DEA Baltimore District Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle will speak on the shift from prescription opiates to heroin. To wrap up the program, Amy Laugelli, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Carroll County, MD who works with the community group Residents Attacking Drugs (RAD), will speak on the prevention, treatment & recovery side of the problem.

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2013 Lecture Series

Brought to Justice: Operation Leyenda

October 29, 2013, 2:00 PM ET

A panel discussion focusing on Operation Leyenda and the effort to bring to justice those responsible for the kidnapping, torture, and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Panelists will share their recollections and insight into this complex investigation, what it meant to DEA at the time, and lessons learned that are applicable today. This “ripped from the headlines” topic follows the recent early release of one of the principle architects of the Camarena abduction, drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero from Mexican prison. Panelists will include Former Administrator Jack Lawn, who led DEA during Operation Leyenda, retired Special Agent Jack Taylor, the Inspector in Charge of the Camarena kidnap/murder case in Los Angeles, and journalist Elaine Shannon whose research into the Camarena case resulted in the book Desperados, the basis of the NBC TV miniseries Drug Wars: the Camarena Story.

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DEA 40th Anniversary Programs

Four Decades of DEA

Wednesday, July 31st, 10:00 AM Eastern
DEA Museum, HQS Auditorium
with LIVE webcast

A panel of DEA Administrators representing the forty years of our Agency’s history will gather for a discussion moderated by NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams. The forum will focus on the evolution of drug law enforcement, threats that DEA has tackled in the past, and those it faces looking into the future.

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July 24, 2013

Trailblazers: 40 Years of Diversity at DEA

July 16, 2013, 2:00 PM ET

40 Years on the Front Lines

Moderated by current DEA Chief of Operations James Capra, an esteemed panel of past DEA Operations leaders will discuss the evolution of DEA enforcement operations as well as highlights from some of the biggest cases that DEA has worked over the past four decades. Their insights and experiences from the front lines and in the trenches present a fascinating and colorful look back at forty years of federal drug law enforcement and allow us to truly appreciate some of the great moments in DEA’s history.

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March 7, 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Building on Past Experience: Making the Case for DEA

This presentation highlights the history of the challenges DEA overcame as it made the case for a stand-alone agency for drug law enforcement. Four times in our history, serious proposals were made to have DEA merged into the FBI. Retired DEA Assistant Administrator David Westrate will lead the discussion with a group of former DEA Administrators, including Peter Bensinger, Francis "Bud" Mullen and Robert Bonner; retired DEA executive staff, including retired Deputy Administrator Steve Greene; and former and current DEA employees who were involved in those efforts in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000, and who will recall how the case for DEA was made each time, and what lessons still apply today. Download the flyer »

February 28, 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Trade-Based Money Laundering: The Next Frontier

In this presentation, John Cassara, former intelligence officer and Treasury Special Agent, will give an overview of trade-based money laundering and value transfer. He will define the term, briefly discuss the magnitude of the problem, and explain many of the methodologies involved. Trade-based value transfer is the common denominator in most underground financial systems including the black market peso exchange, hawala, and fei-chein. John will give lots of examples of narcotics related trade-based money laundering and make the argument why examining value transfer is the "next frontier" in international money laundering enforcement. DEA Museum Auditorium with a live webcast and sign language interpretation here on

Stay tuned for the second lecture of the series on March 7th that will cover the possible DEA/FBI merger that was proposed during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

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2012 Lecture Series

October 4, 2012, 2:00 PM ET
Inside the Golden Triangle

This Fall’s second lecture: Inside the Golden Triangle: Opium to Coffee in Northern Thailand. M.R. Disnadda Diskul “Khun Chai”, Secretary General of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, will discuss sustainable development and education efforts for the local hill tribe villagers—a model of success now being duplicated around the world. Khun Chai previously served as Private Secretary of Her Royal Highness The Princess Mother—the mother of the current King of Thailand! He will be joined by Joseph Reagan, DEA Regional Director for Southeast Asia, who will discuss operations by DEA and the Royal Thai Police to end drug trafficking in Thailand over the past three decades.

This discussion will be moderated by Tritia Toyota, an award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years in Southern California television news, and currently an Adjunct Asst. Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at UCLA.

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September 12, 2012, 2:00 PM ET
The Kingpin Strategy: Did it Work and is it Still Relevant?

Featuring former DEA Administrator Robert Bonner and the following panelists: Then-Chief of Major Investigations for DEA, Robert Nieves; Then-Assistant Administrator for Operations, Doug Wankel; and Then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, Mary Lee Warren. The panel will explore the what, why, and how of the Kingpin Strategy, and touch on lessons learned for the current challenges facing DEA and the US government involving large, vertically integrated drug trafficking organizations, such as the Mexican drug cartels.

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May 7, 2012, 3:00 PM – Eastern Time
General Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo, Director General of the Colombian National Police.

On Monday, May 7th at 3:00 PM Eastern, a webcast program will be held—and viewable via webcast only—that will bid farewell to General Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo who is retiring as Director General of the Colombian National Police after a 35 year career with that organization. The program will include a guest lecture from General Naranjo talking about his many years of working with DEA and drug law enforcement internationally and in Colombia.

April 24, 2012, 11:00 AM – Eastern Time
Gone to Ground: Tunneling into America

Special Agent Michael Eschimi, Executive Assistant to DEA’s Deputy Administrator and Chief of Operations, will tell the story of the discovery of the first Mexico/U.S. cross-border tunnel found after September 11th, 2001, and the courageous Mexican law enforcement agents who risked their lives to help make it happen.

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March 13, 2012, 11:00 AM – Eastern Time
Deadly Chemistry: The Rise of Synthetic Drugs

The lecture will include three speakers on the subject of synthetic drugs. Dr. Ruben Baler, Health Scientist, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will talk about the place of these synthetic drugs in the context of other psychoactive substances in terms of their chemistry and behavioral pharmacology. Lisa Pryor, DEA Group Supervisor, Tactical Diversion Squad will give a brief overview on Bath Salts and Spice, the effects of those drugs, and a few things learned in the field about how they are used. Robert Bell, DEA Staff Coordinator, Synthetic Drugs & Chemicals Section will provide an overview of synthetic designer drug trafficking and abuse, of difficulties designer drugs pose to law enforcement officials, and of DEA’s efforts to schedule designer drugs to address public safety issues.

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2011 Lecture Series

December 1, 2011, 11:00 AM – Eastern Time
L.D. Villalobos, DEA Section Chief, Research and Analysis, EPIC and Carlos Almengor, Customs and Border Patrol Assistant Chief Patrol Agent — An Overview of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) — the second in our series on DEA’s Intelligence Division.

The El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), was established in 1974 (and administered by DEA), and resulted from a U.S. Department of Justice study about the myriad issues and problems affecting the U.S. – Mexico border. This was the first major attempt at a permanent interagency operation in law enforcement. The principal direction would be the sharing of information, while protecting active case data. The emphasis on tactical intelligence and a 24 hour center provided the foundation for use of this data for “Agent” safety AND actionable intelligence. Please join members of EPIC as they discuss the inner workings of this vital component to DEA.

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November 17, 2011, 2:00 PM
Craig Estancona, Ben Sanborn, Jay Cliff & Pat Kerner, Supervisory Intelligence Analysts The Intelligence Division’s Role in Tracing the Rise and Fall of the Colombian Cartels

A panel of agents will provide a history of the formation of the violent Medellin Cartel and the more “businesslike” Cali Cartel as well as the role of DEA Intelligence in targeting and dismantling these groups. They will also discuss the changes DEA made to more effectively target these drug trafficking organizations, including the establishment of DEA HQ drug desks to centralize responsibility and coordination. Through their research and analysis, these analysts were able to piece together information that identified the worldwide scope of Colombian Cartel activities and the identities of the primary cartel members.

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June 7, 2011, 11:00 AM
Richard P. Bly, DEA Special Agent/Deputy Assistant Administrator for Investigative Intelligence (Retired) – Tranquilandia. Dick Bly will speak on the 1984 Tranquilandia operation and the process involved in uncovering one of the biggest cocaine production operations in existence with a seizure of more than 10 tons of cocaine at a then-estimated worth of over $1.2 billion.

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May 24, 2011, 2:00 PM
Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Awareness Day – Sue Webber Brown, former Narcotics Detective, Butte County, California, and founder of the DEC movement, made a difference in the lives of over 2300 Butte County children from drug related environments. Her work continues to make a difference today through her collaboration with Holly Dye, a national expert on drug endangered child issues. Together they formed the National Drug Endangered Child Training and Advocacy Center. Come learn about the who, what and where of a drug endangered child and how one person can make a difference to help our nation's most vulnerable victim of drug crimes… a child.

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April 27, 2011, 11:00 AM
Robert L. Hill, Supervisory Special Agent & Chief, Pharmaceutical Investigations Section, Office of Diversion Control
Prescription Diversion & Abuse: An Update

Prescription drug abuse, misuse, and illegal manufacturing have led to an upward spiral of crime, emergency room visits, and deaths. In anticipation of the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by DEA, Special Agent Robert L. Hill will speak about the current issues of prescription drug abuse, recent DEA operations against traffickers of these products, and how it is the fastest growing segment of drugs that are abused.

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February 23, 2011, 10:00 AM
Randy Sayles, Special Agent/Deputy Assistant Administrator (Retired)
Attacking America – 1979 Fury in Iran/Rescue in Pakistan.

On Sunday, November 4, 1979, hundreds of Iranian students acting as an angry, uncontrollable mob, attacked the American Embassy in Tehran and took 66 Americans hostage. While 14 hostages escaped or were released, the remaining 52 were blindfolded and spirited from the Embassy without a trace until their release on January 20, 1981, 444 days later.

Three weeks after the attack in Tehran, the day before Thanksgiving, November 21, 1979, an estimated 10,000 Pakistani students and Iranian provocateurs attacked the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing a Marine, an Army Warrant Officer, and two Pakistani Embassy employees while pouring gasoline and lighting fires in all of the buildings except for two Embassy vaults where 90 American and Pakistani employees hovered, fearing for their lives. Except for the actions of four US Marines and two DEA Agents trapped inside, the fate of the employees would certainly have been death.

Randy Sayles, one of the trapped DEA Agents, will tell the horrifying story of fear, reaction, survival and eventual escape (within 15 minutes of suffocation) of those involved.

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2010 Lecture Series

November 3, 2010, 10:00 AM
Chuck Carter, Special Agent in Charge, Afghanistan (Retired) — DEA in Afghanistan: The Early Years — the third in our series: DEA in Afghanistan.

In the late 1980s during the Afghanistan/Russian War, the poppy fields were flourishing and the poppies were being converted first to morphine, then into heroin, which found its way to the U.S. It is estimated that 50% of the U.S. heroin in 1987-88 originated in Afghanistan. DEA, acting on intelligence along with the Mujahideen, raided over 15 operating heroin labs and seized and destroyed tons of heroin and morphine base. Please join Retired Special Agent Chuck Carter as he provides insight during that time into the inner workings of DEA in SW Asia and the precursor to today's FAST units.

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October 13, 2010, 10:00 AM
Carson Ulrich, Acting Deputy Section Chief, FAST—DEA’s FAST Units in Afghanistan—the second in our series: DEA in Afghanistan.

The Foreign-Deployed Advisory and Support Teams (FAST) are the enforcement arm of DEA’s Afghan Campaign Plan and Drug Flow Attack Strategy (DFAS). DFAS is used globally to develop operations which disrupt and seize shipments of drugs, precursor chemicals, and operating capital; and to disrupt Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) activity and identify trafficker reaction.

In Afghanistan, FAST works hand in hand with U.S. Military Special Operations forces to counter drug trafficking. DEA FAST’s relationship with U.S. Special Forces and U.S. Navy SEAL teams is to combine target information, resources and expertise to disrupt the drug economy and its symbiotic relationship with the Taliban.

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September 22, 2010, 10:00 AM
Calvin Bond, DEA Staff Coordinator, Office of Global Enforcement, Europe, Africa, and Asia Section—Overview of DEA Activities in Afghanistan—the first in our series: DEA in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium. The Taliban and other groups participate in and profit from the opiate trade. DEA has been instrumental in working to reduce the drug production from this major source country. Calvin Bond, DEA HQS Staff Coordinator, has just returned from Afghanistan and will offer insights into DEA's activities in the country and the current drug trafficking situation.

June 15, 2010, 10:00 AM
Jill Head, DEA Forensic Chemist—History and Current Trends of Marijuana Abuse in the United States—the last in our series: Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature's Addictive Plants.

Spice, K2, What are these things, and what do they have to do with marijuana? The abuse of Marijuana in the United States continues to evolve. Forensic scientists have witnessed the increasing potency of the marijuana plant over the last several decades. Sophisticated grow operations along with an understanding of the plant's chemistry have allowed growers to obtain high potency levels. Now, users are abusing a new form of "marijuana" synthetic cannabinoids. The abuse of these legal smoking blends is rapidly increasing and presents new challenges to the forensic chemist.

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April 27, 2010, 10:00 AM
Susan Weiss—The Science of Marijuana (Just the Facts)—continuing our series: Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature's Addictive Plants.

This presentation by Susan Weiss, Ph.D., Office of Science Policy and Communications, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will highlight what we know and what we don't about marijuana’s myriad effects on the brain and the body. The use of marijuana can produce adverse physical, mental, emotional and behavioral changes, and—contrary to popular belief—it can be addictive. Marijuana smoke, like cigarette smoke, can harm the respiratory system. The use of marijuana can impair short-term memory, verbal skills and judgment, and distort perception. Because marijuana affects brain systems that are still maturing during young adulthood, its use by young teens may have a negative effect on their development.

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2009 Lecture Series

December 2, 2009, 10:00 AM
Gordon Taylor – Indoor Grows and the Illegal Marijuana Industry � part III in our continuing series: Cannabis, Coca, and Poppy: Nature's Addictive Plants.

"It's only marijuana; it's not that big a deal!" This is a claim we hear all too often today. ASAC Gordon Taylor discusses why the rogue marijuana industry is in fact a big deal and how it affects our communities. He speaks about the new phenomenon of sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operations that over the past three years have been cropping up in nice residential neighborhoods throughout the U.S.

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November 17th, 2009, 10:00 AM
Paul Knierim — Cocaine Trafficking Trends in Central America — the second in the Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature's Addictive Plants lecture series.

DEA Special Agent Paul Knierim, recently arrived at Headquarters from his post as Country Attach� in San Jose, Costa Rica, will discuss maritime, air, and overland routes and processes being used by drug trafficking organizations. Central America is a significant transit zone for cocaine which then enters Mexico for further transport into the United States. Colombian and Mexican trafficking organizations are increasingly using Central America as a storage and staging area for transporting multi-ton quantities of cocaine.

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October 15, 2009, 10:00 AM
Bill Mockler and Ed Beach — Heroin Trends Today — the first in a continuing series highlighting the Museum's new lobby exhibit: Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature's Addictive Plants.

Bill Mockler, retired DEA Special Agent, and Ed Beach, retired Task Force Officer, NY DEA Task Force, will speak on Heroin Trends Today, with surprising facts about the provenance of U.S. heroin, heroin addicts today, and how prescription opiates play a part in their journey to addiction.

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September 17, 2009, 10:00 AM
September 17, 2009 � J. David Quilter � From One Winning Career to the Next: What Will You Do After DEA?

Are you a public sector leader who is considering a career transition to the private sector sometime in the next few years? Do you deal with business and private sector leaders and want to learn how to be more effective in dealing with them? If so, then J. David Quilter, retired DEA Supervisory Special Agent, senior security executive with Fortune 500 companies, author, and consultant has some tips to share with you. David will highlight the importance of your public service skills as you consider a private sector career "after the job." What are the steps you can take right now to better ensure your success before deciding to make that move?

David will pass on some of his "lessons learned" from his time during and after DEA. One thing is for sure…you will learn firsthand about some of the difficulties, challenges, and opportunities of the private sector from someone who continues to help others succeed. Please join us for this next lecture.

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June 25, 2009
Professor George W. Grayson � La Familia Michoacana: An Emerging Cartel � The fourth and final part in our continuing series, Mexican Drug Trafficking and the Joint U.S./Mexico Law Enforcement Response

La Familia Michoacana, a relatively new and particularly violent group, goes beyond the production and transport of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine and seeks political and social standing, pushing an agenda that goes beyond the usual money-only interests of drug cartels. George W. Grayson is a Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary with a focus on Latin American politics, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C., and an associate scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

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May 21, 2009
Mike McDaniel and Jimmy Craig � Operation Impunity � Part 3 in our continuing series, Mexican Drug Trafficking and the Joint U.S./Mexico Law Enforcement Response

Operation Impunity, an international investigation, targeted drug trafficking organizations headquartered in Mexico. This operation was a complex multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency investigation which tied drug trafficking activity within the United States to the highest levels of the cocaine trade. The most critical aspect of the investigation was the identification and the arrest of three major drug trafficking cell heads. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike McDaniel and Retired Assistant Administrator Jimmy Craig discuss the facts of the case.

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April 22, 2009
Donna Leinwand - Mexico and the Press Perspective - Part 2 in our continuing series, Mexican Drug Trafficking and the Joint U.S./Mexico Law Enforcement Response

As the drug-related violence escalates in Mexico, reporters on both sides of the border have covered the issues, sometimes at the expense of their own safety and welfare. In this second lecture, Donna Leinwand of USA Today and the current president of the National Press Club shared her experiences and perspective covering the Mexican drug trafficking situation.

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April 1, 2009
David Gaddis, DEA Regional Director for the North & Central Americas Region and Ariel Moutsatsos, Advisor for International Affairs for the Office of the Mexican Attorney General: The Drug Trafficking Situation in Mexico

Recent events along both sides of the Southwest Border have sparked a growing public debate about the drug trafficking violence in Mexico spilling across the U.S. border.�Keynote speaker David Gaddis, the DEA Regional Director for the North & Central Americas Region, and Ariel Moutsatsos, Advisor for International Affairs for the Office of the Mexican Attorney, will offer new insights on the current situation along the border and how DEA is involved. For more information, please call the Museum Education Department at 202-307-3463.

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2008 Lecture Series

December 2, 2008
Tom Slovenkay & Sandra Basso - Operation Sweet Tooth/Project O-Skillet

DEA’s Operation Sweet Tooth and Canada’s Project O’Skillet were instrumental in dismantling two international ecstasy and marijuana trafficking rings whose drug smuggling and money laundering operations ranged from the back alleys of the Far East to the neighborhood streets of Canada and the United States. Retired DEA Special Agent Tom Slovenkay and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Sandra Basso discuss the facts of this joint operation.

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November 20, 2008
Alex Dominguez, Craig Sorrie & Mike Brehmer - Operation Candy Box/Project Codi

DEA’s Operation Candy Box along with its Canadian counterpart Project Codi was a two-nation crackdown on a huge drug trafficking ring that manufactured large quantities of ecstasy and marijuana in Canada and then shipped them to cities around the United States. DEA Special Agent Alex Dominguez along with Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Craig Sorrie and Ontario Provincial Police Detective Sergeant Mike Brehmer share the facts of the case.

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June 19th, 2008
Patrick Hamlette and Boyd Johnson - 2000s: Haji Baz Mohammad

Haji Baz Mohammed orchestrated an international heroin trafficking organization responsible for manufacturing and distributing more than $25 million worth of heroin in Afghanistan and Pakistan and then allegedly arranged for the heroin to be imported in to the United States and other countries and sold for tens of millions of dollars. He conspired to sell heroin in the United States as a “Jihad” because they were taking the American's money at the same time the heroin they were paying for was killing them. During the course or the conspiracy, the Baz Mohammad Organization provided financial support to the Taliban.

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May 28, 2008
David Herrod and John Ziegler - 1990s: The Arellano-Felix Organization

The Arellano-Felix Organization (AFO) was the most violent drug trafficking cartel in North America. Based out of Tijuana, Mexico, AFO shipped for over a decade tons of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in to the U.S. each year. The organization was run by the Arellano-Felix family, which included brothers Benjamin, Ramon, Eduardo, Francisco Rafael and Francisco Javier.

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April 23, 2008
Steve Murphy and Javier Pena - 1980s: Pablo Escobar.

Pablo Escobar gained infamy as a Colombian drug dealer who became so wealthy that Forbes magazine listed him as the 7th richest man in the world. His brutal ruthlessness was also legendary. He would kill anyone who stood in his way and was responsible for the killing of 30 judges, 457 policemen and other deaths at a rate of 20 each day for two months. Join DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena as they speak about the facts of the case.

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April 1, 2008
Lew Rice & Mary Buckley - 1970s: Nicky Barnes and Frank Lucas. The True Story Behind Two American Gangsters.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 1st, at 10:00 A.M. in the DEA HQ Auditorium as we listen to retired DEA agents Lew Rice and Mary Buckley relate the facts from their unique perspectives as DEA agents on the front line. Known as “Mr. Untouchable,” Barnes, along with Frank Lucas and Guy Fisher, was one of the biggest heroin dealers in New York with an operation that stretched from New York into Pennsylvania and Canada. At the height of his dealing, Barnes' net worth was estimated at several million dollars. Join Retired DEA agents Lew Rice and Mary Buckley as they relay the facts from their unique perspectives as DEA agents on the front line.

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2007 Lecture Series

October 25, 2007
Gene Haislip - The Chemical Connection: A Historical Perspective on Chemical Control. Part 4 and final part in our series, Good Medicine Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America.

Gene Haislip, former DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control (retired) provides an informal narrative of the development of chemical control law and programs. A particular point of emphasis will be the manner in which an effective strategy was developed to simultaneously address both foreign and domestic aspects of a drug and chemical problem and how operations, intelligence, national laws and technical diplomacy were, and must be, organized together to find and execute such a strategy.

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June 12, 2007
Terrance Woodworth - The U.S. Role in Developing International Drug Controls, Part 3 in our continuing series, Good Medicine Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America.

Terrance Woodworth, former Deputy Director of the Office of Diversion Control (retired) discusses the evolution of the international drug control system, starting in the 1800s, moving through the first international drug conference in Shanghai, China, and describing several key international drug control treaties in the 20th century. He also touches briefly on the United Nations organization and important agencies that play a role in international drug control, as well as various key national laws passed in the U.S.

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May 31, 2007
Carlos Aquino - Operation Cyberchase: The Story of One Internet Drug Trafficking Investigation, Part 2 in our continuing series, Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America.

Diversion Investigator Carlos Aquino from the Philadelphia Field Office give us highlights on Operation Cyberchase. As a result of this operation, DEA identified approximately 200 web sites that illegally sold prescription drugs and arrested 25 individuals who had been operating in the United States, India, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean.

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March 27, 2007
Ron Buzzeo and Jim Crawford - Diversion, All You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask. Turkey Gizzards, Vitamin Q, Gorilla Biscuits, Quaaludes, Ludes, Wallbangers. What are these things, and what do they have to do with DEA?

Ron Buzzeo, Former Deputy Director of DEA's Office of Diversion Control (retired), and Jim Crawford, Special Assistant to the Deputy Asst. Administrator, Office of Diversion Control (ODXS). Ron will speak on Methaqualone - a Domestic and International Success Story, while Jim will fill us in on the Assurance of Availability for Legitimate Use.

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2006 Lecture Series

November 28, 2006
Richie Fiano, retired agent, and Jim Soiles, Section Chief for the office of Enforcement Operations Europe, present a joint lecture on DEA Around the World: Past and Present, The Southwest Asia Region. This lecture highlights DEA operaions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other areas of Southwest Asia.

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October 19, 2006
John Coleman and Greg Anderson presented a joint lecture on DEA Around the World: Past and Present, the Europe Region, with a highlight on the French Connection.

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September 25, 2006
Mike Shum, and Tom Dolan presented a joint lecture on DEA Around the World: Past and Present, the Southeast Asia Region, highlighting the Golden Triangle

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June 6, 2006
Dave Gaddis and Robert Nieves presented a joint lecture on DEA Around the World: Past and Present, the Andean Region, highlighting the rise of the Colombia Drug Cartels

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2005 Lecture Series

March 22, 2005
Nina Blemer, Special Agent, spoke on Welcome to the Jungle.

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April 26, 2005
Bob Stutman, retired DEA Agent, spoke on Recollections from a Long Career.

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May 19, 2005
Michael McManus, retired DEA Agent, spoke on Life After DEA�What a Ride.

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2004 Lecture Series

March 16, 2004
Perry Felecos, DEA Special Agent, speaks on Cases and Undercover Work In The Mediterranean.

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April 13, 2004
Dr. Michael Harris, M.S.R.Ph., DEA Museum Historian, speaks on A History of Drug Smuggling in America.

May 17, 2004
A panel will discuss events and campaigns of WWII, which will inaugerate the opening of Defending Liberty exhibit opening May 1, 2004.

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June 8, 2004
Paul Doyle, Retired DEA Special Agent, speaks on his new book Hot Shots and Heavy Hits: Tales of an Undercover Drug Agent.

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October 19, 2004
Rick Barrett, DEA Special Agent, spoke on Drug Gangs in Chicago.

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December 14, 2004
Paul Campo, DEA Special Agent, spoke on Lessons from the Front Line in Italy.

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2003 Lecture Series

September 9, 2003
Michael Vigil, SAC, San Diego Field Division, spoke On the Frontlines in Mexico Then & Now.

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October 7, 2003
Javier Pena, ASAC, San Antonio, Texas, spoke on The Drug War in Columbia.

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November 4, 2003
James McGiveney, retired DEA Agent, spoke on Illegal Drugs in America.

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December 9, 2003
William Walker, Associate SAC NY Field Division spoke on Organized Crime in New York.

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