Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee to Hold Field Hearing

May 19, 2012 Issues: Border Security

Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, chaired by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) and vice chaired by Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ), will hold a field hearing entitled Stopping the Flow of Illicit Drugs in Arizona by Leveraging State, Local and Federal Information Sharing Monday, May 21 at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. MDT) at the Arizona National Guard in Phoenix, AZ.

According to a 2011 Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center assessment, nearly 90 percent of illegal drugs enter the country through the Nation’s land ports, much of which are smuggled through Southwest Border states.  At this hearing, the Subcommittee will examine the threat to Arizona from drug cartels and will explore how the Federal government can cooperate with state and local partners to mitigate the flow of illicit narcotics to ensure the safety of American citizens residing on or near the border. 

Members will also have the opportunity to assess the impact that the failure to stop the flow of illicit narcotics has on border communities and surrounding cities that serve as transportation hubs.

Quayle said: “The drug cartels that terrorize the citizens of Mexico pose a real threat to our homeland security.  This is one of the most important geopolitical issues that our Nation faces. This hearing will examine how Federal, state and local law enforcement can work together to stem the flow of illegal drugs entering our country and cut off the funding to the drug cartels.”

What:               Subcommittee Field Hearing on “Stopping the Flow of Illicit Drugs in Arizona by Leveraging State, Local and Federal Information Sharing

When:              1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. MDT), Monday, May 21, 2012

Where:             Arizona National Guard

Russell Auditorium, Building M5101

5636 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85008

**Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE.  

Witness List:

Mr. Matthew C. Allen
Special Agent in Charge
Homeland Security Investigations – Phoenix
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Douglas Coleman
Special Agent in Charge
Drug Enforcement Administration – Phoenix
U.S. Department of Justice

Brig. Gen. Jose Salinas
Director, Joint Staff
Dept. of Emergency & Military Affairs
Arizona National Guard

Lt. Col. Jeffery Stanhope
Assistant Director
Criminal Investigations
Arizona Department of Public Safety

Ms. Elizabeth Kempshall
Executive Director
Southwest Border HIDTA
Arizona Region

Dr. Jay F. Nunamaker, Jr.
Director
BORDERS
The University of Arizona

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