ACT II DEA

Michael Best filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-00454-F, DOJ-AP-2016-005434
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Awaiting Appeal

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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Records describing, mentioning or relating to Andrew C. Thornton II (1945–1985), who was a head member of "The Company", a drug smuggling ring in Kentucky. In 1981, he was among 25 men accused in Fresno, California, in a theft of weapons from the China Lake Naval Weapons Center and of conspiring to smuggle 1,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States. On a smuggling run from Colombia, having dumped packages of cocaine off near Blairsville, Georgia, Thornton jumped from his auto-piloted Cessna 404. In the September 11, 1985 jump, he was caught in his parachute and ended up in a free fall to the ground. His dead body was found in the back yard of Knoxville, Tennessee resident Fred Myers.His death has been widely reported. http://articles.latimes.com/1985-09-12/news/mn-21488_1_cocaine

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Best

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: DEA.FOIA

Please see attached Signed Status Letter for your FOIA Case Number 16-00454-F

Drug Enforcement Administration
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit
202-307-7596 (Customer Service Line)
202-307-8556 (Fax)

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Michael Best

Thank you for your follow-up.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such, along with a waiver of all search fees. I have written widely read articles on law enforcement and national security matters and have agreements with outlets to publish future articles. I am also under a long-term contract to write the Encyclopedia of the OSS (CIA's WW2 predecessor organization).

Thank you!

Michael Best

From: DEA.FOIA

Hello Mr. Best

I am emailing you regarding your email dated Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5:00 AM requesting a follow up regarding your Freedom of Information request submitted on March 22, 2016 seeking information related to Andrew C. Thornton II (1945-1985). Please be advised that a determination letter was sent to you via registered mail dated June 1, 2016 regarding the above request information under FOIA case 16-00454-F at the following address: Michael Best MuckRock DEPT MR 24625 411A Highland Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516. However, as a courtesy to you, attached is copy of the determination letter and returned registered receipt.

Drug Enforcement Administration
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit
202-307-7596 (Customer Service Line)
202-307-8556 (Fax)

From: Michael Best

I request classification as a member of the news media. I have previously written about national security issues for MuckRock, AND Magazine and Glomar Disclosure. Therefore, I have a reasonable expectation of publication and request a waiver of search fees. The public interest in this case is demonstrated by the well-selling book on the matter, the Bluegrass Conspiracy, and the number of the number of articles that have been written about the man and the web of intrigue surrounding him.

Thank you!

From: DEA.FOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Best,

Request number 16-00454-F is closed and no further action will be taken regarding this request. You may appeal our decision by contacting the United States Department of Justice Office of Information Policy (OIP). Please refer to our determination letter for contact information.

Drug Enforcement Administration
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit
202-307-7596 (Customer Service Line)
202-307-8556 (Fax)

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the closure of this request. As of this date, no notice has been received. This is shown at https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/act-ii-dea-24625/

I had requested media classification in response to a request for search fees and never heard a determination about that.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

09/20/2016 02:34 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2016-005434

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