DEA Unveils Campaign Targeting Prescription Drug Traffickers
OCT 08 -- (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) El Paso Field Division and Gregory J. Fouratt of the United States Attorney’s Office, Chief Ray Shultz of the Albuquerque Police Department ( APD) and Sheriff Darren P. White of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announce the establishment of a telephone tip-line where concerned citizens can anonymously report prescription drug trafficking activity. The DEA Albuquerque District Office recently partnered with the above mentioned police agencies to develop a program where callers can leave anonymous voicemails 24-hours a day at the following number: “DEA- SAFE” (332-7233). In addition, DEA and its partner agencies have strategically placed billboards throughout the Albuquerque metropolitan area, which encourage the citizenry to report the illicit distribution of prescription drugs.
The DEA Albuquerque District Office recently created a Tactical Diversion Squad ( TDS) comprised of DEA Special Agents, Diversion Investigators, Intelligence Analysts , Deputies and Officers from the partner agencies to identify, disrupt, and dismantle prescription drug trafficking organizations. and careless
The unveiling of the billboard initiative will occur on October 8, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., on Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM, approximately .47 miles east of Edith Boulevard at one of the billboard location sites. Personnel from the DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, APD, and BSCO will be available to answer any questions.