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Regional DEA agent honored for role in fighting drugs

Gil Ker­likowske, White House drug con­trol policy dir­ect­or, re­cently presen­ted Ral­ph Reyes, an as­sist­ant spe­cial agent in charge for the fed­er­al Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, with the na­tion­al award for Out­stand­ing Task Force Com­mand­er at the 2011 Na­tion­al High In­tens­ity Drug Traf­fick­ing Areas Con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Reyes su­per­vises the Phil­adelphia/Cam­den HIDTA In­ter­dic­tion and En­force­ment Task Forces, as well as the HIDTA In­vest­ig­at­ive Sup­port Cen­ter.

He ini­ti­ated the North­east Cor­ridor At­tack Strategy, led Task Force Group 8 to more than 60 drug in­ter­dic­tion in­vest­ig­a­tions and im­proved the work of the In­vest­ig­at­ive Sup­port Cen­ter to provide stra­tegic, ac­tion­able in­tel­li­gence.

The HIDTA pro­gram provides fed­er­al re­sources to des­ig­nated areas to help re­duce drug traf­fick­ing and its harm­ful con­sequences. 

Law en­force­ment or­gan­iz­a­tions with­in those des­ig­nated areas, in­clud­ing Phil­adelphia/Cam­den, as­sess drug traf­fick­ing prob­lems and design spe­cif­ic ini­ti­at­ives to de­crease the pro­duc­tion, man­u­fac­ture, trans­port­a­tion, dis­tri­bu­tion and chron­ic use of drugs and money-laun­der­ing.

There are 28 HIDTAs, which in­clude about 16 per­cent of all counties in the U.S. and 60 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion.

Ad­di­tion­al in­form­a­tion is avail­able via www.White­House­Drug­Policy.gov ••

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