October 31, 2013 --
Drug enforcement agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was undercover while investigating a major drug cartel in Mexico. While at lunch with his wife, Camarena was abducted and tortured. The 37-year olds body was found a month later.
In honor of his memory, Red Ribbon Week was established.
During the week of October 21 - 25, police departments and organizations around the world raise awareness of drugs in communities and schools.
Sgt. Victor Camp, investigator, Dougherty County Police Department, visited Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Friday.
“The drug world will touch everyone in this room one way or another. This is an $80 billion dollar a year industry and it’s not taxed. I hope this information will enable each one of you to identify some of the signs of drug activity,” Camp said.
Camp revealed the most abused drug in Dougherty County is prescription medication, but other drugs are also a problem. Cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana are just a few. There is even an issue of inexpensive over the counter legal substances being mixed together in an effort to create a substitute that gives the same sensation as taking an illegal drug.
“Two years ago, methamphetamine was mixed with strawberry flavor. This was in an effort to make the drug more enticing to children. For adults, this drug is available in yellow blue and pink,” he said. This is nothing but a marketing tool for drug dealers. They have been very effective in keeping customers regardless of price.
“That little packet of sugar on the restaurant table is about equal to one gram of powder cocaine. One gram cost $125. That’s not a lot of cocaine for that amount of money,” Camp explained.
Camp held a jar up to the crowd as he explained, “This is real cocaine. These are not free samples. The lids have been glued shut. But I wanted to bring this for anyone who has not seen cocaine before.”
In addition to the samples of drugs for everyone to see, Camp provided a wealth of helpful information.
He informed the audience of the website www.drugs.com.
This is a free resource that parents can use to help identify any unknown pills they may find.
Camp even gave a lesson on the language of the drug world.
“Are you rolling?” He asked. “Yes, twice,” he answered.
Camp explained that means he has taken two hits of ecstasy.
He said LSD is requested by sheets, books or bibles. One page of LSD is a sheet, 10 sheets is a book and 10 books is a bible. Camp said it is important to understand their language.
“This was great,” Cpl. Sheldrick Thomas, motor transport operator, Logistics Support Division, MCLB Albany, said. “After coming home from deployment we may be unaware of current trends. This gives us pertinent information concerning drugs and the changes that have taken place.”
“As a Marine, I feel I’m so far away from drugs,” Capt. Chris Collier, operations officer, Logistics Support Division, MCLB Albany, said. “This is a good reminder of the dangers of drugs for me, my family and fellow Marines.”