|Submitted||March 20, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Communication between the Drug Enforcement Administration and employees of Columbia University and/or IKON, which staffs Columbia's student package center between January 1, 2014 and the date when this request is processed.
Specifically, I seek communication coordinating drug enforcement activity between the DEA and Columbia or its package center at least twice in the past four years.
On March 12, 2014, the Columbia Daily Spectator interviewed an IKON employee, who said the following: "We’ve gotten busted here—DEA comes in here sometimes. Students have gotten drugs shipped here, marijuana mostly. It’s happened twice since I’ve been here. The carrier will tell us. DEA does a stakeout in the back and we’ll send the student an alert that their package is ready."
That interview is published online here: http://spectrum.columbiaspectator.com/spectrum/the-whole-package-louie-arroya
I also seek any documents related to arrests resulting from this coordination between the DEA and Columbia's package center.
I am willing to accept immediately releasable portions of this request in anticipation of a full response.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.
An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00339-F.
Thank you for your help.
A no responsive documents response.