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DEA News of April 20, 2014


AFFNA Member Art Lewis is honored

"A living legend": Arthur Lewis, the first African American acting deputy administrator of the DEA, at his Cherry Hill home, will receive the Valor Award from the Camden County East NAACP on Saturday night.

(Attached below is a photo of Art that was run in this article.)
(TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

GALLERY: Before his rise at the DEA, Arthur Lewis worked undercover

By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
POSTED: APRIL 11, 2014
When he began a career in federal law enforcement, Arthur Lewis set a simple but ambitious goal.

AFFNA Member raising money for a great cause


Hello friends! I'll be riding in the Police Unity Tour again this year helping bring public awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. We also raise funds to support the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund and the new Law Enforcement Museum. The $80 million, 57,000-square-foot Museum will be located across the street from the existing National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and is scheduled to open in 2016.

Sheriff Jim Matthews Running for Re-Election in South Carolina

JIM Matthews, retired DEA RAC and the current Sheriff of Kershaw County, South Carolina is running for re-election. This will be Jim's second term as Sheriff.

Health tax credit for law enforcement

A while back I read that retired law enforcement agents/officers could now deduct part of their medical expenses with out having to meet that 10% of gross income. Could anyone refer me to where I might get that information?

Release of book, Dragon Chaser

I want to announce the release of my book: Dragon Chaser: A Memoir. It’s an account of some of my experiences during a life of strenuous endeavor. After surviving as a Green Beret in Vietnam and as a Los Angeles police officer in South Central LA, I went on to become a DEA agent, chasing the dragon of illegal drugs in Los Angeles, Guam, Thailand and Peru.
The book is available in hard cover, soft cover, and e-book, and is available online from the publisher (, as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the other online booksellers.

Discussion on Marijuana legalization

Recent events regarding the legalization of marijuana and the dangers of marijuana use have caused many of us in AFFNA to be concerned. We applaud DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart on setting the record straight on the dangers of marijuana use.

As agents, we base our positions on lifetime of experiences watching individuals and families destroyed by marijuana use. The ever-growing amount of empirical data regarding the ill effects of marijuana use speak for themselves.

We support DEA's policy on marijuana 100%.

A new book on the history of DEA is now out

Eighteen months ago the DEA Museum Staff met with DEA Administrator Leonhart and began a project to collect and organize a high quality coffee table-style history book to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Drug Enforcement Administration (1973-2013). The Museum Staff worked with Acclaim Press, a nationally-known publisher of commemorative keepsake history books.

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