Drug Enforcement Administration

Washington, DC

Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge

June 30, 2008

Contact: SA Heath Anderson

Phone Number: 202-305-8500

26th Annual IDEC to be held in Turkey

93 Countries will attend the three-day event in Istanbul

JUN 30 --(Washington, D.C.) – On July 8-10, the Turkish National Police in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will preside over the 26th - annual International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC), which will bring together over 300 high-level drug law enforcement officials from 93 countries throughout the world.  This year’s conference will focus on pharmaceutical abuse, the nexus of drugs and terrorism, money laundering, and intelligence sharing across multi-national law enforcement agencies.

IDEC was established in 1983 and to date 16 different countries have hosted the conference.  This will be Turkey’s first time as host of IDEC and only the second time the event has been hosted outside of North and South America. 

“As we come together for the 26th IDEC, each member country recognizes the increasingly complex global challenges we face fighting the worldwide drug trade,” commented DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.  “We also recognize the tremendous impact of our cooperative efforts: bringing high-level traffickers to justice, attacking the drug supply, and seizing assets that fund the next round of drug production. IDEC cements the strong foundation among our countries to develop and execute even more effective international law enforcement operations that will further strengthen the rule of law and dismantle the drug trade.”

Members of the U.S. media wishing to attend the conference should contact DEA’s Public Affair Section at (202) 307-7977, no later than July 3, 2008 for credentialing details.  

For more information on the conference, please visit DEA.gov.

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