Anti-Drug Summit Held in Boston
DEA Administrator Karen Tandy appeared at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston to take part in an anti-drug summit of New England governors hosted by John Walters, the director of National Drug Control Policy.
Administrator Tandy was on the first panel to discuss “Heroin Use in New England.” On the panel with the Administrator were Boston Police Commissioner Paul E. Evans and Registered Nurse Janice F. Kauffman. The subsequent panels addressed “Access to Recovery” and “Marijuana as Medicine.”
Administrator Tandy told the governors that cheap, pure heroin was a problem in New England and that DEA was taking the steps necessary to fight the transportation of heroin directly into New England. One of the initiatives discussed by the Administrator was the formation of financial investigation groups in each division, in order to focus on the money. “Focusing on the money” she told the governors, would put these criminal organizations that traffic this heroin out of business.
Administrator Tandy also lauded the “incredible relationship” that we have with the Colombian government noting that DEA works with the Colombians on targeting trafficking organizations and extraditing organization members.
In addition to John P. Walters, the other hosts of the summit were Maine Governor John Baldacci, Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Connecticut Governor John Rowland and Vermont Governor James Douglas.
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