|Jan. 25, 2011
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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:
Copies of any and all DEA databases on wholesale money laundering cases, including locations and associated information of closed laundering cases. My focus is obtaining information on lateral launderers, those individuals and organizations who are separate and independent from any and all other aspects of the drug suppliers. In other words, I am not interested in backward flows along the supplier networks. Please omit ongoing or open investigations.
I also request that fees be waived as this request is in the public interest and I qualify as a member of the press. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and other news outlets, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I am a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, publishing in both traditional and online news publications. The news is of current interest to general public.
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.