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Federal Drug Law Enforcement 100 Year Centennial 1914-2014

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Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 AM

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DEA Museum Lecture Series

Please join the DEA Museum for its fall 2014 lecture series, commemorating 100 years of drug law enforcement.

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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DEA Museum Lecture Series

Please join the DEA Museum for its fall 2014 lecture series, commemorating 100 years of drug law enforcement.

Federal Drug Law Enforcement 100 Year Centennial 1914-2014

Standing in the Shadows:

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2 PM Eastern
DEA Museum HQS Auditorium with free LIVE webcast

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.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information, please contact the DEA Museum Education Department at 202-307-3463.

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2014 Red Ribbon

Wednesday, October 15, 10 AM Eastern
with free LIVE webcast

Join DEA as we kick off the 2014 Red Ribbon commemorations – communities across the country rallying together for a drug-free future! Sign language interpretation will be provided.

DEA Museum Lecture Series

Please join the DEA Museum for its fall 2014 lecture series, commemorating 100 years of drug law enforcement.

Federal Drug Law Enforcement 100 Year Centennial 1914-2014

The Early Years:

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

Friday, September 19, 11:00 AM Eastern
free LIVE webcast

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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Fall 2014 Museum Lecture Series Schedule Announced

September 2014 – The DEA Museum is pleased to announce its Fall 2014 Lecture Series schedule. The Fall Series is themed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act and the start of federal drug law enforcement in the United States. Please join us at the DEA Museum Auditorium, or via free live webcast here at www.deamuseum.org to view each of these three educational presentations. See the full schedule »

DEA Memorial Service

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am Eastern the DEA Museum will webcast live the Annual DEA Memorial Service here on the Museum’s website. This service is held every year during National Police Week to pay tribute to the men and women of our agency and our predecessor agencies who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country. Learn more about the DEA Wall of Honor »

DEA Spring Lecture Series – April 15, 2:00 PM Eastern – Prescription Drug Abuse: A New Subculture of Heroin Addiction

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. Download the flyer »

Museum Reopens After Flood

February 25, 2014 – The DEA Museum’s main gallery has now re-opened after being temporarily closed due to water damage sustained from a burst pipe during the extreme cold weather. All affected exhibits and structures have been repaired or replaced. Please stop by for a visit.

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DEA Museum Galleries Re-Open

July 30, 2013—The DEA Museum galleries have re-opened to the public following an extensive renovation and update to the content of the exhibits. The Museum is open to the public free-of-charge Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Reservations are not required, but please call 202.307.3463 to arrange for a group tour of the Museum.

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 »

DEA Museum Spring Lecture Series:
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 deamuseum.org.

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.

Miss the Museum’s Fall Lecture Series?

Videos and transcripts of the various Lectures hosted by the DEA Museum and the DEA Educational Foundation this past Fall are available to read or watch.

2012 DEA Red Ribbon Kickoff Rally – Webcast

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM Eastern, the DEA Museum will webcast live the kickoff rally for National Red Ribbon Week here at www.deamuseum.org. Red Ribbon Week is the Nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually October 23-31. By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events, young people pledge to live a drug-free lifestyle and pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

Free DEA Museum Audio Tour Available

October 2012 – Visitors to the DEA Museum can pick up a free, informative audio tour at the Visitor Services Desk in the Museum lobby. The audio tour guides the visitor through the various exhibit galleries at the Museum. The audio tour is also available online for access via a mobile device.

DEA Fall Lecture Series – Inside the Golden Triangle

This Fall’s second lecture: Inside the Golden Triangle: Opium to Coffee in Northern Thailand will be on October 4, 2012, 2:00 PM Eastern Time. 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. This lecture will be webcast live, here on www.deamuseum.org.

DEA Fall Lecture Series - 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. September 12, 2:00 PM. — DEA Museum Auditorium with a live webcast and sign language interpretation here on deamuseum.org.

Fall 2012 Museum Lecture Series Schedule Announced
August 2012 — The DEA Museum is pleased to announce its Fall 2012 Lecture Series schedule. Please join us at the DEA Museum Auditorium, or via live webcast here at www.deamuseum.org to view each of these three educational presentations. See the full schedule »

Visit the DEA Museum to Become a Junior Special Agent!
The DEA Museum features a free interactive activity for children during their visit. When they complete a series of fun hands-on activities, kids are sworn in as DEA Junior Special Agents and receive a special Junior Special Agent badge and credential. For more information on the Junior Special Agent program and visit the DEA Museum today to participate!

Visit the DEA Museum to Become a Junior Special Agent!
The DEA Museum features a free interactive activity for children during their visit. When they complete a series of fun hands-on activities, kids are sworn in as DEA Junior Special Agents and receive a special Junior Special Agent badge and credential. For more information on the Junior Special Agent program and visit the DEA Museum today to participate!

Spring Lecture Series Replay
May 2012 — All three webcasts of the DEA Museum’s 2012 spring lecture series are now available on the lecture webpage for streaming viewing: May 7th’s Farewell to General Naranjo, April 24th’s Tunneling into America, and March 13th’s Deadly Chemistry. Please visit the DEA Museum’s Lecture Series page to watch the cached videos.

DEA Memorial Service
On Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11:00 am Eastern the DEA Museum will webcast live the DEA Memorial Service here on the Museum’s website. This service is held every year during National Police Week to pay tribute to the men and women of our agency and our predecessor agencies who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country. Learn more about the DEA Wall of Honor »

Final Spring Lecture Series – 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.

DEA Museum Spring Lecture Series
This spring’s second lecture, Gone to Ground: Tunneling into America, will be on Tuesday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. 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. Watch the replay of this lecture.

Museum Lecture on Synthetic Drugs
March 2012 — Miss the live webcast of the DEA Museum’s educational program on the rise of synthetic drugs in the U.S. on March 13th? This one hour lecture is now available to watch streaming on the Museum’s Lecture Series page. Check back here for future lectures at the DEA Museum.

Spring 2012 Lecture Series Announced
February 2012 — The first lecture of the DEA Museum’s 2012 Spring Lecture Series takes place March 13, 2012. A panel of speakers from DEA Operations, DEA Office of Diversion Control, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse will come together to discuss the rising concerns and dangers of new synthetic drugs like K2, Spice, and Bath Salts. Deadly Chemistry: The Rise of Synthetic Drugs, March 13, 2012, 11:00 a.m. — DEA Museum Auditorium with a live webcast here on deamuseum.org.

Under Armour® Gear has Arrived at the DEA Museum Gift Shop
January 2012 — Visit the Museum Gift Shop for this new line of products and for the hundreds of other items currently available. By purchasing from the DEA Museum Gift Shop, you are supporting the Museum’s ongoing drug abuse prevention education efforts.

Holiday Ornament Now Available
December 2011 — The DEA 2011 Holiday Ornament is now available at the DEA Museum Gift Shop. This limited edition collectable brass ornament pays tribute to the DEA Black & Gold Pipes and Drums Band. It is the twelfth in an annual series of ornaments commissioned by the DEA Museum to highlight the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

DEA Museum Fall Lecture Series
This fall’s second lecture, An Overview of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), sponsored by DEA’s Intelligence Division, will be on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. EPIC was the first major attempt at a permanent interagency operation in law enforcement aimed at the myriad issues and problems affecting the U.S/Mexico border. DEA Intelligence Analyst Larry Villalobos and Customs and Border Patrol Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Carlos Almengor will discuss this vital component of DEA. Please visit the Museum’s lecture series page for more information.

DEA Museum Fall Lecture Series
November 4, 2011—The Museum’s Fall Lecture series kicks off November 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET with a panel of DEA Supervisory Intelligence Analysts speaking on The DEA Intelligence Division’s Role in Tracing the Rise and Fall of the Colombian Cartels.

The panel 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. 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. This lecture will be broadcast live on www.deamuseum.org. Please visit the Museum’s lecture series page for more information.

Celebrating A Decade of the DEA Educational Foundation
October 19, 2011—Ten years of a successful public/private partnership between the DEA Museum and the DEA Educational Foundation were commemorated as the Foundation marked its tenth anniversary at an event in Washington, DC. Launched in October 2001, the nonprofit DEA Educational Foundation, formerly the DEA Museum Foundation, supports the work of the DEA Museum through advocacy, outreach, fundraising, and educational program development.

Dignitaries Gather to Open Target America Exhibit
September 16, 2011—Dignitaries from across the greater Tampa Bay area gathered at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa today to cut the ribbon on Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, the traveling exhibit on the costs and consequences of drug abuse from the DEA Museum. Target America will be on display at MOSI in Tampa through the generous support of a number of national and local sponsors until September 3, 2012. For more information, visit www.targetamerica.org.

DEA Museum Adds Audio Tour
August 2011 — Visitors to the DEA Museum can now pick up a free audio tour at the Visitor Services Desk in the Museum lobby. The audio tour guides the visitor through the various exhibit galleries at the Museum. The audio tour is also available online for access via a mobile device www.deamuseum.org/ida.

2011 DEA Memorial Service Streaming Video
The DEA Memorial Service, held in May during National Police Week, is now available for streaming on the DEA Museum website. Watch this moving tribute to DEA’s fallen heroes and the legacies they leave behind.

Next Venue for Traveling Exhibit Announced
June 16, 2011 —The DEA Museum’s traveling exhibit Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, an interactive exhibit that explores the science behind the damaging effects of illegal drugs on the mind and body and the other tremendous costs associated with the production, sale and use of illegal drugs will be on exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, Florida beginning September 16, 2011. For more information about the exhibit, visit the website, www.targetamerica.org

New Virtual Exhibit Opens
June 2011 —The DEA Museum is proud to open a new virtual exhibit here on the DEA Museum’s website, Cannabis, Coca, and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants. Learn about the history of these three plants and their cultivation for use. Discover the science behind their effects on various parts of the body. Understand the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) across the globe to make available enough of the plant’s products to meet America’s legitimate needs, while battling the illegal trafficking of the drugs. Explore the potential consequences of their misuse. Visit the exhibit »

DEA Museum Lecture Series
May 26, 2011 —This spring’s final lecture will be held on June 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Retired Special Agent Dick Bly speaking on the Tranquilandia Operation in Colombia in 1984 which resulted in the largest clandestine laboratory seizure—10 metric tons of cocaine. But the real story lies with the intelligence work that went on behind the scenes that enabled this seizure to happen. This lecture will be broadcast live on www.deamuseum.org. Please visit the Museum’s lecture series page for more information.

DEA Museum Lecture Series
May 16, 2011 —The DEA Museum continues its spring 2011 Lecture Series with this spring’s last two lectures. On May 24, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. Sue Webber Brown and Holly Dye will speak on the subject of Drug Endangered Children. The last lecture of spring 2011 will be held on June 7 at 11 A.M., featuring retired DEA Special Agent Dick Bly who will speak on the Tranquilandia Operation. These lectures will be broadcast live on www.deamuseum.org. Please visit the Museum’s lecture series page for more information.

DEA Memorial Service
April 27, 2011 — On Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:00 am Eastern the DEA Museum will webcast live the DEA Memorial Service here on the Museum's website. This service is held every year during National Police Week to pay tribute to the men and women of our agency and our predecessor agencies who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country. Learn more about the DEA Wall of Honor »

Spring 2011 Lecture Series Continues
April 2011 — The second lecture of the DEA Museum’s 2011 Spring Lecture Series takes place April 27, 2011. Supervisory DEA Special Agent Robert 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. RX Diversion & Abuse: An Update, April, 27, 2011, 11:00 a.m. — DEA Museum Auditorium. This program will be webcast LIVE here on deamuseum.org.

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April
This spring, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and its partners will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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Spring 2011 Lecture Series Gets Underway
February 2011 — The first lecture of the DEA Museum’s 2011 Spring Lecture Series takes place February 23, 2011. Retired DEA Special Agent/Deputy Assistant Administrator Randy K. Sayles recounts the harrowing tale of the 1979 attack on the American Embassy in Pakistan and his role in the rescue of the employees. Attacking America – 1979 Fury in Iran/Rescue in Pakistan, February, 23, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – DEA Museum Auditorium. More Information »

Supporting the Museum Through CFC #17007
November 2010 — The DEA Educational Foundation is participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for the first time this year. The Combined Federal Campaign is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign and provides employees of the U.S. federal government an opportunity to support worth-while charities. The DEA Educational Foundation’s CFC number is 17007. If you participate in CFC, please consider supporting the important work of the DEA Educational Foundation and the DEA Museum.

Fall 2010 Museum Lecture Series
October 4, 2010 — The DEA Museum’s Fall 2010 Lecture Series highlights DEA in Afghanistan. The series is comprised of several lectures, each covering a different aspect of DEA's involvement in Afghanistan, including current activities, past operations, and the FAST units. For more information on these upcoming lectures, please visit the Museum’s Lecture Series Page.

Exhibit to Host Candlelight Vigil in New Orleans
September 15, 2010 — The DEA Museum’s Target America traveling exhibit, currently on display at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, will help host a Vigil for Lost Promise on October 9, 2010 to remember the lives lost to drug abuse and drug violence in New Orleans and around the country. For more details, visit www.targetamerica.org.

Fall 2010 Museum Lecture Series
September 15, 2010 — Please join the DEA Museum in a series of presentations at the DEA Headquarters auditorium highlighting DEA in Afghanistan. The series is comprised of three lectures, each covering a different aspect of DEA's involvement in Afghanistan, including current activities, past operations, and the FAST teams. For more information on these upcoming lectures, please visit the Museum’s Lecture Series Page.

Foundation Relaunches Webpage
August 1, 2010 — The DEA Educational Foundation is proud to announce a newly redesigned, more interactive website. The DEA Educational Foundation is a public/private partnership with the DEA Museum to help educate the public about the history of drugs, drug abuse, and drug law enforcement through the support of the DEA Museum's exhibits and outreach programs. Click here to explore the new site.

July 14, 2010 — The DEA Museum has posted downloadable transcripts for the Spring 2010 Lecture Series. Themed to coincide with the Museum’s temporary exhibit Cannabis, Coca, and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants, the series featured several excellent guest speakers. If you missed any of the actual programs at the Museum, don’t worry, now you can read the transcript from the programs here.

Dignitaries Gather to Open Target America Exhibit
March 3, 2010 - Dignitaries from across the greater New Orleans area gathered at The Louisiana State Museum, Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter today to cut the ribbon on Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, the traveling exhibit on the costs and consequences of drug abuse from the DEA Museum. Target America will be on display at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans through the generous support of a number of national and local sponsors until November 24, 2010. For more information, visit www.targetamerica.org.

Next Venue for Traveling Exhibit Announced
Januaury 21, 2010 - The DEA Museum’s traveling exhibit Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, an interactive exhibit that explores the science behind the damaging effects of illegal drugs on the mind and body and the other tremendous costs associated with the production, sale and use of illegal drugs will be on exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum, Old U.S. Mint building in New Orleans, Louisiana from March 3, 2010 through November 24, 2010. For more information about the exhibit, visit the website, www.targetamerica.org.

2009 Holiday Hours of Operation
The DEA Museum will be closing at Noon on Thursday, December 24, 2009. The DEA Museum will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2009 and Friday January 1, 2010. The DEA Museum will be open normal hours of operation, 10 am to 4 pm, free of charge, during the rest of the holiday season. Click Here for Directions to the Museum.

Fall 2009 Museum Lecture Series
Please join the DEA Museum in a series of presentations at the DEA Headquarters auditorium highlighting the opening of the Museum’s new lobby exhibit: Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants, showcasing the history, effects, science, production and distribution of the products of these plants: marijuana, cocaine, and opium and its derivatives. For more information on these upcoming lectures, please visit the Museum’s Lecture Series Page.

Fall 2009 Lecture Series
September 17, 2009 – J. David Quilter – From One Winning Career to the Next: What Will You Do After DEA?
Please join the DEA Museum, along with DEA’s Human Resources Division in a presentation in the DEA Headquarters auditorium by J. David Quilter, retired DEA Supervisory Special Agent, senior security executive with Fortune 500 companies, author, and consultant who 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.” For more information on this lecture, please visit the Museum’s Lecture Series page.

August 2009 - Cannabis, Coca, & Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Drugs explores the history and current issues surrounding the three main botanical drugs of abuse. Learn about the history of these three plants and their cultivation for use. Discover the science behind their effects on various parts of the body. Understand the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) across the globe to make available enough of the plant’s products to meet America’s legitimate needs, while battling the illegal trafficking of the drugs. Explore the potential consequences of their misuse. Cannabis, Coca, & Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Drugs is now on exhibit at the DEA Museum. Find out directions and hours of operation ».

The issue of prescription drug abuse is all over news headlines these days. Visit the DEA Museum and explore the history of prescription drugs, the science behind how they work, and the dangers of misusing or mixing these powerful medications—all in Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America. An interactive exhibit now on display at the DEA Museum. Learn More »

Museum Continues Spring 2009 Lecture Series
The DEA Museum continues its popular monthly lectures series into the spring of 2009. 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. Five different lectures between April and July, 2009 focus on this issue and DEA’s involvement. Read more

DEA Museum's Target America Traveling Exhibit Opens in Los Angeles
October 2008 - Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause is now open at the California Science Center at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, California. The exhibit will be open free of charge seven days a week through May 3, 2009. Watch a video tour of the exhibit from media partner KTTV FOX 11.

Next Venue for Traveling Exhibit Announced
July 29, 2008 - The DEA Museum's traveling exhibit Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, an interactive exhibit that explores the science behind the damaging effects of illegal drugs on the mind and body and the other tremendous costs associated with the production, sale and use of illegal drugs will be on exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California from October 2, 2008 through May 3, 2009. Read the press release announcing the opening or for more information about the exhibit, visit the website, www.targetamerica.org.

DEA Educational Foundation Releases 2007-2008 Annual Report
July 17, 2008 - The DEA Museum Foundation, recently renamed the DEA Educational Foundation, has released its 2007-2008 Annual Report. Read about the non-profit Foundation's activities and events over the past year in support of the DEA Museum.

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Museum Announces Spring Lecture Series
The DEA Museum continues it's popular monthly lectures series into the Spring of 2008 in conjunction with the commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of DEA. Four different lectures between April and June will focus on major drug kingpins from the past four decades.

More details on the Spring Series>>

DEA Educational Foundation Honors Betty Sembler
The DEA Educational Foundation recently presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mrs. Betty Sembler for her thirty-plus years of leadership and commitment to fighting drugs. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation and recognizes long and sustained commitments to drug law enforcement, drug abuse treatment and drug abuse education.

DEA Educational Foundation To Honor Betty Sembler
On March 6, 2008 the DEA Educational Foundation will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mrs. Betty Sembler for her thirty years of leadership and commitment to fighting drugs. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation and recognizes long and sustained commitments to drug law enforcement, drug abuse treatment and drug abuse education. For more information on this event and the Foundation's Award >>

DEA Museum Featured on PBS Program
The DEA Museum is one of the Washington, D.C. area attractions featured on the local PBS Affiliate WETA Channel 26 program "The WETA Guide" first airing on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. Check local listings for cable channel listing and rebroadcast times.

New Exhibit Announced
The DEA Museum in partnership with the DEA Educational Foundation will open a new exhibit to the public at the museum in Arlington starting November 13, 2007. Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America will explore the history of prescription drug abuse and DEA's role in regulating and combating this issue through the Office of Diversion Control. Check back as more details and a virtual tour of the exhibit will premier on this web site soon.

Educational Foundation to Host Chicago Vigil
June 13, 2007 - In conjunction with the DEA Museum's exhibition Target Chicago now on display at Navy Pier, the DEA Educational Foundation will host a Candlelight Vigil in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier at 6:30 PM on June 18, 2007. The Vigil will serve to remember the lives lost to drug abuse and drug-related violence and rededicate the community to living drug-free, so that not another light is dimmed. Read the Foundation's news release on the event here.

Spring 2007 Lecture Series
June 12, 2007 - The U.S. Role in Developing International Drug Controls Part III in our continuing series, Good Medicine Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 12th, at 10:00 a.m. in the DEA HQ Auditorium as we listen to a presentation by Terrance Woodworth, former Deputy Director of the Office of Diversion Control (retired). Terry will discuss 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 will also touch 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.

Please enter the building through the Museum entrance on Hayes Street.

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

Please join us on Thursday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the DEA Auditorium as we listen to 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.

Spring 2007 Lecture Series
March 27, 2007 - 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?

Please join us on Tuesday, March 27th, at 2:00 p.m. in the DEA Auditorium as we find the answers to these questions and more with 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. Please direct any questions to Catie Drew, Museum Education Coordinator at 202.353.1362.

Dignitaries Gather to Open "Target Chicago" Exhibit
February 8, 2007 - Dignitaries from across the greater Chicago area gathered at Navy Pier on Chicago's lakefront today to cut the ribbon on "Target Chicago: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause." An extension of the popular "Target America" interactive traveling exhibit, "Target Chicago" will be on display at Navy Pier through the generous support of the Motorola Foundation and others through September 15, 2007. For more information, visit www.navypier.com.

New Exhibit Opened at DEA Museum
January 9, 2007 - "Discovering a Mushroom Lab," an exhibit on the successful investigation and seizure of a rare clandestine hallucinogenic mushroom lab near Macedon, New York, was opened at the DEA Museum today. DEA worked closely with the Macedon Police Department to identify and seize this indoor mushroom lab and the tools and equipment that were part of the lab setup. The exhibit will be on display through Summer 2007.

Exhibit Run Extended in Chicago
December 13, 2006 - The DEA Museum traveling exhibit, "Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause," which just completed a successful run at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry, will have an extended run in Chicago. Thanks to the generosity of the Chicago Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, portions of the "Target America" exhibit will be on display at Chicago’s Navy Pier through September 15, 2007 under the title "Target Chicago: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause." For more information, visit www.navypier.com.

DEA Museum Honored by Chicago Crime Commission
October 19, 2006 - The DEA Museum was recognized by the Chicago Crime Commission with a 2006 Stars of Distinction award for the exhibit "Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause." The exhibit is on display at Chicago's famous Museum of Science & Industry through December 3rd. Read more here on the Crime Commission, www.chicagocrimecommission.org. Read more here on the exhibit, www.msichicago.org.

In Chicago - Traveling Exhibit Opens, Peter Bensinger Honored
August 11, 2006 - The DEA Museum's traveling exhibit, "Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause," opened to the public today at Chicago's famed Museum of Science and Industry. DEA Administrator Karen Tandy and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley joined other dignitaries to cut the ribbon on the exhibit. At a separate dinner DEA Educational Foundation Board Member and Former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his more than thirty years of dedicated work to the drug issue. Mayor Daley proclaimed August 11, 2006 as "Peter Bensinger Day" in Chicago in honor of Peter's many years of public service. For more information on the Target America traveling exhibit

DEA Educational Foundation Board Member Honored for Lifetime Achievements
May 22, 2006 - Dr. Mark Gold, Chief of Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida and a Member of the Board of the DEA Museum Foundation, received the Nelson J. Bradley lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Gold is recognized for changing the medical field's understanding of how opiate drugs and cocaine hijack the human brain. His work has led to new treatments for addicts, tests for drug intoxication and understanding of how heroin, other opiates and cocaine cause dependence and withdrawal. Click here for more information on the DEA Museum foundation

May 1, 2006 - An exhibit Advisory Committee has been formed for the Chicago stop for "Target America," the DEA Museum's traveling exhibit on the costs and consequences of illegal drugs on society. The Advisory Committee is comprised of key Chicago community leaders with Mayor Richard Daley serving as Honorary Chair. Click here for a full list of the members of the committee.

1.10.2006 - The DEA Museum is pleased to announce the Target America traveling exhibit will be on display at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, Illinois. The Target America traveling exhibit will be on display from August 11, 2006 through December 3, 2006. For more information, please go to www.targetamerica.org or www.msichicago.org.

3.9.2005 - The DEA Museum is pleased to announce the next location for the Target America traveling exhibit. The New Detroit Science Center, Detroit, Michigan will host this powerful exhibit on the costs and consequences of drugs on society from April 2, 2005 through October 2, 2005. For more information, please go to www.targetamerica.org.

1.31.2005 - The DEA Museum is pleased to announce that the Target America traveling exhibit has been extended in Times Square in New York City beyond the original closing date. The exhibit will now be open through March 19, 2005. Target America is open to the public seven days a week from 9 AM to 8 PM, free of charge, at One Times Square. For more information, please go to www.targetamerica.org.

8.30.2004 - The Target America: Drug Traffickers, Terrorists and You traveling exhibit is coming to Times Square in New York City September 14, 2004. Target America has captured the hearts of Americans around the country, helping to educate the public on the connection between drugs and terrorism. Now traveling to New York, the exhibit has been expanded to continue the goal of educating Americans about the consequences of illegal drug abuse. For more information, please go to www.targetamerica.org.

5.19.2004 - The "Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause" traveling exhibit is coming to Times Square in New York City in the fall of 2004. "Target America" has captured the hearts of Americans around the country, helping to educate the public on the connection between drugs and terrorism. Now traveling to New York, the exhibit will be expanding to continue the goal of educating Americans about the consequences of illegal drug abuse. "Target America" will be at One Times Square from September 7, 2004 through January 31, 2005.
"Defending Liberty" also explores the legal and illegal use of drugs during each conflict. With each war, new problems and challenges were presented to the medical community. Some were easily resolved and others linger to this day. "Defending Liberty" will be on exhibit in the museum lobby through Veteran's Day, November 11, 2004. The exhibit is part of the D.C.-wide commemorations of the dedication of the new WWII Memorial on the Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. For more information on "Defending Liberty," please contact the DEA Museum Business Office at (202) 307-3463.

5.1.2004 - Beginning May 4, 2004, the DEA Museum opens a unique exhibit commemorating veterans of American wars. From the interesting perspective of DEA employees and their relatives, visitors will see participation in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, the Gulf War of 1991, and the Gulf War of 2003. Many DEA employees have a proud military heritage that has spanned generations. After searching through trunks and attics, they have uncovered artifacts and histories that highlight the defense of liberty over the generations. The exhibit features more than 200 artifacts and hundreds of personal photographs.

3.22.2004 - New in virtual exhibits: "Club Drugs: Dancing with Darkness." This virtual exhibit examines the dangers of these drugs and also the affects of these drugs on users. View the exhibit: Club Drugs: Dancing with Darkness

1.15.2004 - New educational resources are now available on the website. Click on Education to access these materials for students and teachers that can be used in conjucntion with a planned visit to the Museum.

11.19.2003 - "DEA: Air, Land & Sea Exhibit" is now open to the public. The exhibit features DEA on the different fronts of the drug war in the air, on the land, and on the sea. For more information, go to the exhibit website: DEA: Air, Land & Sea.

7.28.03 - The DEA Museum is pleased to launch a redesigned and revamped website to make it more visitor friendly and more informational. The site has new pages including education, the Educational Foundation, Museum Archives, and a new Illegal Drugs in America exhibit page. The site also has a new virtual exhibits section with a new virtual exhibit: The Purple Heart Award. Over the next several months, the Museum will continue to update the site - expanding the education section to continue our mission of educating visitors on the history of drugs and drug law enforcement.


More news to come....

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