DOJ, DEA Outline New Efforts to Combat Methamphetamine
MAY 18--DALLAS – Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today announced new anti-methamphetamine domestic initiatives as well as new partnerships between the U.S. and Mexico in fighting meth trafficking at the National Methamphetamine and Chemicals Initiative(NCMI) Strategy Conference.
Joined by Mexican Attorney General Daniel Cabeza De Vaca and Office of National Drug Control Policy Director John Walters, Attorney General Gonzales unveiled Department of Justice-led initiatives aimed at addressing improved enforcement, increased law enforcement training, improved information-sharing, and increased public awareness both domestically and with U.S./Mexico anti-trafficking efforts. The NCMI Strategy Conference, held May 17 and 18, 2006, brings together approximately 300 federal, state and local investigators and agents, prosecutors, intelligence analysts, and government chemists from across the country whose primary responsibilities are methamphetamine and chemical enforcement. Karen Tandy, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; and Julie Myers, Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement also made remarks at the conference.
“These initiatives represent a policy of true mutual cooperation that will put methamphetamine use and all its horrors firmly on the road to extinction,” said Attorney General Gonzales. “If we work together, sharing resources and intelligence, the law enforcement agencies of our two countries can better attack the problem at every stage in the production and distribution chain.”
Among the U.S./Mexico partnership efforts is an agreement between the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of Mexico to establish specialized methamphetamine enforcement teams on either side of the border. In Mexico, these teams will focus on investigating and targeting the most wanted Mexican methamphetamine drug trafficking organizations, while DEA-led efforts on the U.S. side will focus on the methamphetamine traffickers and organizations transporting and distributing the finished methamphetamine being produced in Mexico.
Other initiatives that are part of the U.S./Mexico partnership include:
Domestic Efforts will focus on a redirection of DEA clan lab enforcement teams. The significant reduction in domestic small toxic labs will allow these teams to refocus their efforts at targeting Mexican methamphetamine trafficking organizations by tracing chemicals, finished methamphetamine and proceeds to organizational leaders in the U.S. and Mexico rather than merely locating and cleaning up labs. An additional focus of these teams will be to identify and dismantle U.S.-based transportation and distribution cells.
Other domestic initiatives announced include: