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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AG

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006 (202) 514-2007


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Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales


Outlines
New Justice Department Efforts to
Combat Methamphetamines
Partnership with Mexico Highlights New Anti-Meth
Initiatives
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 meth
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.”

U.S./Mexico Partnership 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:

A new DEA and Customs and Border Protection Service focus on ports of interest
within the United States targeting suspicious cargo that is likely to be related to
methamphetamine trafficking organizations;

A Binational Law Enforcement Working Group that will focus on methamphetamine


production and trafficking from both an enforcement and intelligence perspective;

The DEA and the Mexican Cenapi will further share intelligence information and
continue to develop stronger working relationships. Such collaborative efforts will
focus on investigating large-scale meth trafficking organizations that are operating
in Mexico and the United States.

An agreement between the DEA Office of Diversion Control and Mexico’s


chemical regulatory agency, COFEPRIS, to a personnel exchange in which
chemical regulatory experts from within each agency will be embedded within the
other’s agency for a specific period to observe, learn best practices, and then
implement joint strategies complimentary to both regulatory agencies;

A bilateral leadership planning conference this summer in Mexico aimed at reducing


methamphetamine production and demand, and improving targeting efforts;

Six DEA trucks used in clandestine lab enforcement operations that have been
refurbished and donated to Mexico to be used by the above referenced specialized
Mexican enforcement teams; and

New DEA-led training for nearly 1000 Mexican police officials in a variety of
locations throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Central America on a variety of
investigative, enforcement and regulatory methods related to methamphetamine
trafficking.

U.S. Efforts 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:

A national listing on the DEA Web site of the addresses of properties in which
methamphetamine labs or chemical dumpsites have been found. The registry will
provide owners or renters with notice that a property may once have been used to
produce methamphetamine and that there may be potential toxic hazards within the
property.

A new clandestine lab training facility at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Va. will
be established in the fall of 2006. At this facility, DEA will train US and foreign
law enforcement officials on the latest techniques in clandestine lab detection,
enforcement, and safety in a state-of-the-art facility.

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