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News Release
April 13, 2004

DEA/Private Business Partner to Educate Businesses
About Methamphetamine at Retail Conference

Salt Lake City – Barry R. Jamison, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Salt Lake City District Office along with representatives from Intermountain Farmers Country Stores, Wal-Mart, 7 Eleven, Harmon’s, Kmart, Walgreens, Tesoro, Checker Auto Parts, Utah Food Industry Association, C-A-L Ranch Stores, Smith’s Food Stores, Costco Wholesale, Albertsons, Steve Regan CO, Flying J Inc. announced a Methamphetamine Retail Industry Conference at the Red Lion Inn, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The conference provides an overview of the methamphetamine problem; a clandestine laboratory demonstration; legal information, as it relates to the retail industry; and issues relating to the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine in the state of Utah.

Opportunities will be provided for participants from the retail industry, state and federal regulatory and law enforcement agencies to share information and build networks in support of efforts to stem the illicit production and use of methamphetamine.

“We can’t afford to be in this fight alone,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jamison. “Only by teaming with our local counterparts in business, government, and community will we see results in stopping illegal methamphetamine.”

The conference initiated by DEA is hosted by the businesses listed above and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Utah Controlled Substance Precursor Board, Utah State Bureau of Investigation, Utah Council for Crime Prevention, United States Attorney’s Office, Utah Attorney General’s Office, Utah County Major Crimes Task Force, Weber Morgan Narcotics Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration Metro Narcotics Task Force.

The conference is designed specifically for the retail industry that is dealing with precursor chemicals and laboratory supplies used in the illicit production of methamphetamine.


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