Allawi drug trafficking operation

Benoit Morenne filed this request with the San Antonio Police Department of San Antonio, TX.
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W389658-062221

Due July 7, 2021
Est. Completion None
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From: Benoit Morenne

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All police records related to Alaa Mohammed Allawi and his drug-dealing operations. Around Dec. 2015 SAPD officers and other agencies started investigating an influx of drugs in the San Antonio area. They identified Allawi as the source of the supply. It was determined that Allawi produced his own prescription tablets and used the dark web so sell drugs. In Aug. 2016 the DEA identified co-conspirators for the Allawi Drug Trafficking Organization. I'm requesting information on behalf of Wired magazine with the intention of using the files as research for an in-depth article about Allawi's role in the opioid crisis.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Benoit Morenne

From: San Antonio Police Department

Dear Benoit Morenne:

Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of San Antonio. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was received in this office on 6/22/2021 and given the reference number W389658-062221 for tracking purposes.

Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.

From: San Antonio Police Department

Attachments:
W389658_letter_to_AG_10-day.pdf (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=6HtRfOYLt5fXvpttM-2FU1HXMjwvo-2BoqyxigpZhDNJxzqGU7neDa49K1vTgZ1M9Zz31TGChPDV-2BLnyetVtVW4EREZzfNsP-2BrgU3gl0B69D6lm3rBv8FDjs1oDpzHgB9ZiT28u5y-2FQvXTMGkjQZK3ycUp-2BkCzKIO4WvsAsUWMB1sKE2mMDT65rb5FHfv3MzhQCYpP2rj4z94CFEtoB0Vv9q1M4aZDmsarHc5OM4YR5eMM4-3D5-Lr_nBM1zA-2BLoNg-2FyYmHM4Vna61qKLFZlq-2BlrQJicNh3pPlfPEttk3wwDeUiAFgW-2BzxAJ-2BHAtFLw2i2QbZCPv8wdHpFALl1pZGvwb4M0YT7Q6LgDyf17vXzQEy45ZGXsiDg5sLmnaar2soNikjYxQ-2Fc2gFnV7-2Fv4-2FJUZug3HgUOw-2B8fDvYFIGnu9emj-2FCdE0n6XdJFXeTWkMY1EKreq2iriunsS9h8QOd3Ye3NzcBdGkE48LhSRk2ynNqwISY-2FTD1ilq4iK4qu1y6CPmWZHFqsAhK-2Fb4M03etwl4AEGiCjQ1jyFON2pVzoRFdZ-2B8vVqibFSq3PdGrkIDoEddKEXL5CLlB7QXVGgsxw0teZdasMmwEiR4QLToS6S4He20DAU2F0BiyvwiUG5XiBIQCctyXcHjKw-3D-3D)

Dear Benoit Morenne:
Information Requested: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All police records related to Alaa Mohammed Allawi and his drug-dealing operations. Around Dec. 2015 SAPD officers and other agencies started investigating an influx of drugs in the San Antonio area. They identified Allawi as the source of the supply. It was determined that Allawi produced his own prescription tablets and used the dark web so sell drugs. In Aug. 2016 the DEA identified co-conspirators for the Allawi Drug Trafficking Organization. I'm requesting information on behalf of Wired magazine with the intention of using the files as research for an in-depth article about Allawi's role in the opioid crisis.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Benoit Morenne

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://www.muckrock.com/
The City of San Antonio is seeking to withhold some or all of the information you have requested and has sought a decision from the Texas Attorney General's Office on the applicability of certain exceptions, pursuant to section 552.301 of the Texas Government Code. Please see attached a copy of the City's correspondence with the Attorney General's Office.
Sincerely, Open Records Unit San Antonio Police Department

From: San Antonio Police Department

Attachments:
W389658_letter_to_AG_15-day.pdf (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=6HtRfOYLt5fXvpttM-2FU1HXMjwvo-2BoqyxigpZhDNJxzqGU7neDa49K1vTgZ1M9Zz31TGChPDV-2BLnyetVtVW4EREZzfNsP-2BrgU3gl0B69D6lm3rBv8FDjs1oDpzHgB9ZiTSomJ6HX5HFIJstaX2oDMsu7r04VU5tjkLflKLgFgbKuyrLNCGkyEPrgpQq6F4aYVFFvK2kpQMvfncUZRt8ixIA-3D-3Do5Uo_nBM1zA-2BLoNg-2FyYmHM4Vna61qKLFZlq-2BlrQJicNh3pPlfPEttk3wwDeUiAFgW-2BzxAJ-2BHAtFLw2i2QbZCPv8wdHh-2FS8H2N1Wdolc-2FE3xmPi-2F4vUpcXQszkm7R-2FJEpmLRL6gtTPQQVPo6Fjq6inHcljfsoSuRe0Ta5L26Dk0UUzyfj-2Fpvzr0OjyOK8MlRTrGJe-2BXamh8Cv9BBNyOBPD-2FTjrwok9me7rrrGZ7QLl37RzSsIf19IsISicnIS-2BKBi9bh-2BQMjQDECmd9zG2zBTWIIUNj5kwh8COhvDnLuUA-2FzYLQuDMOdu2hVVnrgMIeK9NbVFDQOJSZP-2FNHgdKYX-2Beb4u4ZRlgal8EqKIZI-2F-2FjTyjsBkGMa0meOXJU6FKqKEjrLXpk1ZyhcG-2BogDWHiShwHl6MQw-3D-3D)

Dear Benoit Morenne:
Information Requested: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All police records related to Alaa Mohammed Allawi and his drug-dealing operations. Around Dec. 2015 SAPD officers and other agencies started investigating an influx of drugs in the San Antonio area. They identified Allawi as the source of the supply. It was determined that Allawi produced his own prescription tablets and used the dark web so sell drugs. In Aug. 2016 the DEA identified co-conspirators for the Allawi Drug Trafficking Organization. I'm requesting information on behalf of Wired magazine with the intention of using the files as research for an in-depth article about Allawi's role in the opioid crisis.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Benoit Morenne

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://www.muckrock.com/
The City of San Antonio is seeking to withhold some or all of the information you have requested and has sought a decision from the Texas Attorney General's Office on the applicability of certain exceptions, pursuant to section 552.301 of the Texas Government Code. Please see attached a copy of the City's correspondence with the Attorney General's Office.
Sincerely,
Open Records Unit San Antonio Police Department

From: Benoit Morenne

Hi,

I'd like to follow on this request submitted back in June. My understanding is that James Kopp, assistant city attorney for the city of San Antonio, is seeking a ruling from the office of the attorney general to withhold said records on the ground that their release could put an undercover detective at substantial threat. I don't see why their name couldn't be simply redacted...

Any update on this?

Thanks

Best,
Benoit

From: Benoit Morenne

Hi,

I'd like to follow up on this request submitted back in JUNE. My understanding is that James Kopp, assistant city attorney for the city of San Antonio, is seeking a ruling from the office of the attorney general to withhold said records on the ground that their release could put an undercover detective at substantial threat. I don't see why their name couldn't be simply redacted...

Any update on this?

Thanks

Best,
Benoit

From: San Antonio Police Department

The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.

From: Benoit Morenne

Hi,

Kimbell Kesling, assistant attorney general, ruled in a letter addressed to James Kopp, assistant city attorney for the city of San Antonio, that the city has to release some information pertaining to the Allawi case. I'm yet to receive any of that information. Could you please provide me with an update?

Thank you

Best,
Benoit

From: San Antonio Police Department

City of San Antonio
10/14/2021
Via EMail
Benoit Morenne
MuckRock News DEPT MR 114458
Somerville, MA 02144

RE: Response to Public Information Request
COSA ORR No: W389658-062221

Dear Benoit Morenne:
Please accept this email notice as a follow up to your call today. Your request is important to us and we are diligently working on all requests in the order in which they are received. Thank you for your patience.
Sincerely,
San Antonio Police Department
Open Records Unit

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