DEA: William H. Spector

Bruce McKenna filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
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21-00304-F

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From: Bruce McKenna


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any and all DEA files on William H. Spector, a former Military Intelligence Officer from Syracuse, New York, who operated a Cadillac Dealership in Ogdensburg, NY in 1970. Spector was born February 3, 1922 SSN: 578-20-6293, and died September 21, 1995 as reported in the September 23, 1995 Syracuse Herald-Journal, a copy of which I have attached to this request. Spector had extensive dealings with the BNDD and the DEA from 1971 through 1976 and testified before Congress about matters involving the Agency. In addition, I am interested in any and all files pertaining to Spector's dealings with the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) before it became the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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,

Bruce McKenna

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good afternoon, Mr. McKenna:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) request by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FOIA/PA Section. This response is a courtesy reply. It does not replace the acknowledgement letter that will be sent to you once your request has been reviewed by our Intake Unit. Please note, requests are handled in the order they are received. We will advise you if any additional information is required.

Please be advised, due to necessary operational changes as a result of the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there may be some delay in the processing of your request.

You may wish to visit DEA's public facing website at www.dea.gov or the FOIA Library available at https://www.dea.gov/divisions/dea-foia-library to determine if the information you seek is already available to the public.

You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison at (571) 776-2300 for any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at (202) 741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at (202) 741-5769.

If you have any questions regarding this email, you may contact our FOIA Requester Service Center at (571) 776-2300. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete the processing of your request.

Respectfully,
Jennifer Chavez
IBSS Corp. Paralegall III Contractor
Intake Unit
DEA Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Section (FSR)
U.S. Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement Administration
Attn: FOIA and Privacy Act Section (FSR)
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
Direct: 571-776-3261
Email: Jennifer.M.CoreasChavez@usdoj.gov<mailto:CoreasChavez@usdoj.gov>

PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachments herein) may contain personal and privileged information that requires protection in compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a). Any use of this information by anyone other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately delete all copies of this information and notify me by e-mail. The use, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this communication by unintended recipients in not authorized and may be unlawful.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Dear Bruce McKenna: This e-mail responds to your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) request dated March 19, 2021, received by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), FOIA/PA Unit, seeking access to DEA records.  Your request has been opened and assigned the following case number: 21-00304-F Please include this case number when communicating with this office. The records you seek require searches in another office or offices, and so your request falls within " unusual circumstances ." See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a )( 6)(B)(i)-(iii).  Because of these unusual circumstances, we are extending the time limit to respond to your request beyond the ten additional days provided by the statute.  We have not yet completed a search to determine whether there are records within the scope of your request.  The time needed to process your request will necessarily depend on the complexity of our records search and on the volume and complexity of any records located.  For your information, this office assigns incoming requests to one of three tracks:  simple, complex, or expedited.  Each request is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to other requests in the same track.  Simple requests usually receive a response in approximately one month, whereas complex requests necessarily take longer.  At this time, your request has been assigned to the complex track.  You may wish to narrow the scope of your request to limit the number of potentially responsive records or agree to an alternative time frame for processing, should records be located; or you may wish to await the completion of our records search to discuss either of these options. We regret the necessity of this delay, but please be assured that your request will be processed as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or wish to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, you may contact FOIA/PA Unit representative Melanie M. Hoyos at (571) 776-3008 or via e-mail at Melanie.M.Hoyos@dea.gov, our FOIA Requester Service Center at (571) 776-2300, or e-mail your correspondence to DEA.FOIA@dea.gov. In addition, you may wish to visit our website at www.dea.gov to determine if the information you are requesting is already available to the public.  You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison at (571) 776-2300 for any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request .  Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer.  The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at (202) 741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at (202) 741-5769. Sincerely, Melanie M. Hoyos FOIA/PA Specialist
Intake Sub-Unit FOIA/PA Unit Drug Enforcement Administration Telephone: (571) 776-3008 E-mail: Melanie.M.Hoyos@dea.gov PRIVACY ACT NOTICE:  This e-mail (including anyattachments herein) may contain personal and privileged information thatrequires protection in compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. §552a).  Any use of this information by anyone other thanthe intended recipient is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error,please immediately delete all copies of this information and notify me bye-mail.  The use, dissemination, distribution, orreproduction of this communication by unintended recipients is not authorizedand may be unlawful.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Dear Bruce McKenna: In regards to your status update, please be advised that we are currently still processing your request. In the previous email sent to you on April 18, 2022 it stated that your case falls under "unusual circumstances" and requires us to search other offices. We apologize for the delay and are working to process your request as quickly as possible. Once completed, you will receive an official correspondence from DEA. Please let me know if you have any more questions and we appreciate your patience. Sincerely, Melanie M. Hoyos FOIA/PA Specialist Intake Sub-Unit
FOIA/PA Unit Drug Enforcement Administration Telephone: (571) 776-3008 E-mail: Melanie.M.Hoyos@dea.gov PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachments herein) may contain personal andprivileged information that requires protection in compliance with the PrivacyAct of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a). Any useof this information by anyone other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you have received this communication inerror, please immediately delete all copies of this information and notify meby e-mail. The use, dissemination,distribution, or reproduction of this communication by unintended recipients is not authorized and may be unlawful.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Dear Bruce McKenna: Please see the attached response to your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) request 21-00304-F.  If you have any questions, please contact our FOIA Requester Service Center at (571) 776-2300. Sincerely, Joyce Whitley, Program Specialist DEA Intake Sub-Unit Freedom ofInformation and Privacy Act Unit U.S. Department ofJustice Drug EnforcementAdministration 8701 MorrissetteDrive Springfield,Virginia 22152 Telephone: (571) 776-2300 PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachments herein) may contain personal andprivileged information that requires protection in compliance with the PrivacyAct of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a). Any useof this information by anyone other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you have received this communication inerror, please immediately delete all copies of this information and notify meby e-mail. The use, dissemination,distribution, or reproduction of this communication by unintended recipients is not authorized and may be unlawful.

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