News Release
September 27, 2010
Contact: SA Waldo Santiago
Public Information Officer
Number: (787) 277-4700

DEA Caribbean Division National Take Back Day Yields More Than 1,000 Pounds of Prescription Drugs

DEA agent conducts inventory of all the boxes containing 1/2 ton of prescription drugs received from the 11 collection sites throughout Puerto Rico.

SEP 27 -- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Caribbean Division collected approximately 1,004 pounds of prescription drugs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands during the DEA National Take Back Day announced today Javier F. Peña, Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division.

“This amount represents 1/2 ton of prescription drugs turned in by the public on both United States territories that will not make it into the illegal drug market,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña. “DEA thanks the people of Puerto Rico and of the U.S. Virgin Islands for their overwhelming support to this effort to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands”

In Puerto Rico DEA collected 750 pounds of prescription drugs. In the U. S. Virgin Islands DEA collected 254 pounds of prescription drugs. DEA operated 11 collections sites in Puerto Rico and 5 in the U.S. Virgin Islands last Saturday.

The following agencies and community organizations provided significant assistance to DEA during the National Take Back Day: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, Food and Drug Administration San Juan District Office, PR Senate, PR Department of Justice, PR Department of Consumer Affairs, PR Health Department’s Anti Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration, PR National Guard, Puerto Rico Police Department PR-VI High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, San Juan City PD, Guaynabo City PD, Partnership for a Drug Free Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Police Department, and the U.S. Postal Service in the USVI.