Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Information System information on a deceased person

T. McElwee filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
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20-00202-F

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From: T. McElwee


To Whom It May Concern:

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

All Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Information System entries mentioning Ram Dass, birth name Richard Alpert.

To assist in finding records, the following biographical information is known: date of birth, April 6, 1931; date of death, December 22, 2019.

Ram Dass's death was widely reported in 2019 (see NY Times report attached). Records concerning Ram Dass as a subject should thus be free of privacy concerns of FOIA Exemption 6, 7(C) as well as the Privacy Act.

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,

T. McElwee

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From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good Morning,

Your request regarding Richard Alpert has been received and assigned case number 20-00202-F. However, we need clarification concerning your request for Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Information System entries.

Be advised, DEA locates information from IRFS using the DEA Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Information System ("NADDIS"). NADDIS is an electronic data index system and the practical means by which DEA identifies and locates records in IRFS across all of DEA's offices worldwide. A query of NADDIS does not result in any actual IRFS records or documents, nor does it link to any electronic IRFS records. Unlike IRFS, NADDIS is not a record keeping system so it does not contain complete information from an investigative file..

Please get back to me when possible. If you would like to discuss this request, give us a call at 202-307-7596.

Best,

Ashley Williams, J.D.
IBSS Corp. Paralegal III Contractor, DEA FOI/PA Unit (FSRF)
Drug Enforcement Administration

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From: T. McElwee

To: Ashley Williams, J.D.
Re: FOIA Request 20-00202-F

My thanks for your reply, your clarification and working to perfect this request. I beg your pardon for my uneducated shorthand.

Thank you for pointing out that NADDIS is the pointer-index to IFRS and not the record-keeping system itself.

Indeed, it is the underlying IFRS records that come from a search of NADDIS for the named person (Ram Dass, birth name Richard Alpert) that I wish to receive.

Thank you,
T. Mc

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good Afternoon,

Attached is the acknowledgment letter regarding your FOIA case number 20-00202-F.

If you have any additional question please contact our customer service hotline at 202-307-7596.
Best,

Yvette Davis
Program Analyst
Freedom of Information and Records Management Section
Office of Administration

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good morning Mr. McElwee,

Attached, you will find the signed status letter for your FSRF case number 20-00202-F. If you have any questions please contact the GIS Specialist that is listed on your letter or call the mainline 202-307-7596.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good day Mr. McElwee,

Please be advised that your case is in process, I have no expected date when you will received a response due to the case will be reviewed by management before a response is released.

Djuana Lewis
Government Information Specialist
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit
FSRF
202-353-1075

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Lewis, Djuana C. would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Act Request #20-00202-F".

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good afternoon Mr. McElwee:

Attached, you will find the signed status letter for your FSRF case number 20-00202-F. If you have any questions please contact the GIS Specialist that is listed on your letter or call the mainline (571) 776-2300.

Djuana Lewis
Government Information Specialist
Processing Unit
Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Section
571-776-2988

PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION: This e-mail may contain information that requires protection in compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a). If the reader of this communication is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If this communication has been received in error, please immediately delete all copies and notify me by e-mail.

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