Chicago Headquarters Unites Agencies Against Drug Trafficking

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago February 02, 2013 Feb 2, 2013 Saturday, February 02 2013 Saturday, February 02, 2013 10:44:00 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO - A first-of-its-kind headquarters has opened in Chicago where 70 federal agents, police and prosecutors will work side-by-side year-round to fight drug trafficking.

The Chicago Strike Force building recently opened with no fanfare. The Associated Press toured the three-story building but was asked not to reveal its exact location for security reasons.

Staff includes agents from DEA, FBI, the IRS and a half-dozen other agencies.

One analyst, Fred Burton, expressed some skepticism. He says getting agencies to act in unison is like "herding cats."

Jack Riley is the head of Chicago's DEA office and was a driving force behind the headquarters.

He says the facility is designed to end inter-agency rivalry that can hamper investigations. That includes comingled desks and not displaying signs identifying who belongs to what agency.

 

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