Today, Special Agent
in Charge Gary G. Olenkiewicz, head of the Dallas Division of the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration, announced that the
City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department and the DEA will bring the
greater Dallas community together to honor the memory of DEA Special
Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.
National Red Ribbon Week serves as a tribute to Special Agent Camarena, who
in 1985 was kidnapped and brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers
in Mexico. This tragic event produced an immediate outpouring of grief, but
over time has generated a sense of hope across America. That hope is being
kept alive through the hard work of thousands of Americans --- particularly
our young people --- who participate in Red Ribbon events during October.
This tradition is stronger than ever today, as an increasing number of Americans
are saying “yes” to a drug-free life.
Law enforcement groups such as the Dallas Police Department and the DEA have worked tirelessly to reduce the supply of drugs available to our residents. At the same time, area schools and community-based agencies continuously work to reduce the demand for drugs by educating youth and families about the dangers of drugs and how to resist their use. But law enforcement, schools and community organizations can’t do it all. Youth looks to leaders of all ages and backgrounds to set the standard for behavior. When leaders in the business community stand side-by-side with law enforcement and education professionals to say “We honor ourselves, our youth, and law enforcement, by choosing, now and always to be drug-free,” everybody wins.
DEA encourages all members
of the community to send a clear and unequivocal message to our youth
that drugs damage lives --- whether it is through
lost productivity, unfulfilled dreams, drugged driving incidents, or
addiction. National Red Ribbon Week is a chance for the community to
show that Kiki Camarena’s spirit --- and hope for a drug-free America---can
never be extinguished.