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March 22, 1985
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STAT ` Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/13: CIA-RDP90-00965R000706710012-1 ARTICLE APPEARED Ox PAOL WASHINGTON POST 22 March 1985 U.S. Drug Agents Abroad Wield No Real Authority By Mary Thornton Washington Post Staff Writer Enrique Camarena Salazar, the federal drug agent who was kid- naped and murdered in Mexico last month, was one of hundreds of Drug Enforcement Administration agents stationed in 61 cities around the world. But the agents have no real au- thority abroad and serve only as advisers to foreign law enforcement authorities-a fact that has hindered the DEA's investigation into Camarena's murder. Because of their inability to make arrests in foreign countries, DEA i undercover agents decided this rules to allow agents to carry guns, though only for self-protection. The DEA has arrangements with 39 countries plus Hong Kong and the Netherlands Antilles, but they are completely voluntary, and the Countries that accept DEA agents could in return send their own drug agents to the United States. ers transport c~?nr-fsBro- duced elsewhere in Latin Am rica_ In the past, Mexican authorities often allowed ? agents to ac- com an them on raids of sus- ea dru tra ickers. in the r stages o t e Cam arena mvestiAa- tion, agents regularly rovided in telligenc to the M exicans and then went along on the raids. But after. U.S. agents started complaining that the Mexicans weren't acting until after suspects escaped, that cooperation began to vanish. And since Camarena's body was found on March 6, along with the body of a Mexican pilot who sometimes flew. missions for the DEA, cooperation has ceased. ' DEA foreign offices generally are concentrated in areas where drugs are illegally produced or processed. month to try to lure three top of- ficials of the Turks and Caicos Is- lands to Miami. There they were arrested in connection with a mas- sive cocaine- and marijuana-smug- gling scheme. Agents generally are not allowed to carry weapons when they work overseas. But in.Mexico, where the DEA has six offices, the Mexican government recently relaxed the host can ' impose any rules it Countries that accept DEA agents chooses. could in return send their own drug In Mexico, the agents' main 'job agents to-the United States, ''but has een to prove a rote ence on .. they generally- don't because the ru operations to authorities United States does not generally t ere. Mexico is a major supplier of export illegal drugs. Canaodan tand eroin and maxi' ??tates, and Mexican drug-- affi } - this country. Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/13: CIA-RDP90-00965R000706710012-1