Drug Enforcement Administration

Washington, DC

Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge

May 19, 2016

Contact: Public Information Officer

Phone Number: (202) 305-8426

MEDIA ADVISORY: DEA To Host Conference On The Formation Of A Tactical Diversion Squad In Clarksburg, West Virginia

Press Event will take place at 10:30A.M. on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Bridgeport City Hall Council Chambers

WASHINGTON - Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’(DEA) Washington Division , Karl C. Colder, announced today that a DEA Tactical Diversion Squad will be implemented in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

The diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances, specifically prescription opioids, is a growing problem.  This diversion stems from various sources.  In addition to pharmacy robberies and thefts, pharmaceutical controlled substances are often diverted by way of forged prescriptions, doctor shoppers, or illegitimate prescriptions from rogue practitioners. 

DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squads help coordinate with various judicial districts to maximize the effectiveness of multiple investigations and prosecutions of those involved in the diversion of pharmaceuticals and/or chemicals.
Details for the event are as follows:

In attendance: Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Division- Karl C. Colder; William J. Ihlenfeld, United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia; John Walker, Chief, Bridgeport Police Department; James Chamberlain, Deputy Chief, Clarksburg Police Department; Ruth Carter, DEA Diversion Program Manager, Washington Division; Dr. Robert Williams, Executive Director, United Summit Center.   

The press conference will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bridgeport City Hall Council Chambers, 515 West Main Street, Bridgeport, West Virginia, 26330. 

Members of the media wishing to attend the press conference are asked to contact DEA Public Information Officer/Special Agent Laura A. Harris by Friday, May 20th at either 202-307-5078 or Laura.A.Harris@usdoj.gov.
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