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News Release
May 19, 2005

DEA and NLPOA to Sponsor Awards at the
NLPOA 13th Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet

MAY 19--The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) will sponsor the Richard Fass and Enrique Camarena Scholarships at the NLPOA 13 th Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet to be held on May 21, 2005 at the Mountain Preserve Reception Center located at 1431 E. Dunlap Ave., in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Richard Fass Scholarship pays tribute to DEA Special Agent Richard E. Fass who was fatally shot on June 30, 1999 during an undercover methamphetamine investigation in Glendale, Arizona. Agent Fass’ brother, Guillermo Fass, will hand out the Richard Fass Scholarship. The Enrique Camarena Scholarship is in memory of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena who was abducted in February 1985 by drug traffickers while he was investigating a multi-billion dollar drug operation. He was tortured and killed. Agent Camarena’s wife, Mika Camarena, will hand out the Enrique Camarena Scholarship.

A scholarship will also be awarded in the name of Phoenix Police Officer Ignacio Conchos. In July 1982, Officer Conchos was shot when he and his partner, Office John Davis, entered a bar to search for bank robbery suspects. Officer Conchos died at the scene and Officer Davis died one month later from his wounds. Other scholarships will be awarded to deserving recipients.

The event is held annually to honor scholarship recipients and exemplary law enforcement achievements. This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Raul Yzaguirre. Mr. Yzaguirre is former president of the National Council of La Raza, the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization and leading Hispanic think tank in America.

NLPOA members build bridges between law enforcement and the communities they serve by educating parents, teachers and children on the dangers of drugs; and by reducing juvenile delinquency, drug abuse and poverty. The organization also serves to reduce neighborhood tensions through awareness and role model programs. Today, NLPOA is the largest Latino law enforcement organization in the United States with chapters serving communities from California to New York.

For further information, contact Public Information Officer Ramona Sanchez at (602) 664-5725 or NLPOA at (602) 440-5601.



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