Records related to 1982 Drug Seizure

T. McElwee filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
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19-00877-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:

DEA records related to an operation to intercept, inspect and seize a shipment of heroin in January - February 1982.

Per Times press report (attached) the shipment was a container offloaded in Newark, NJ from the Italian cargo ship Arcadia in January 1982. The contents of the container included two automobiles and several espresso machines; heroin was discovered in the urns of the espresso machines. The container was allowed to go to its destination in Interbar Gift Palace at 4604 Avenue N, Brooklyn, NY in February 1982 at which time arrests were made. Per a United Press International report (also attached) two men pleaded guilty to the arrangement of the shipment, John Notaro and Roy Rainieri.

Please conduct a search of all DEA systems of records for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, agencies and companies.

DEA systems of records of interest include (but are not limited to) DEA-INS-111 "Automated Intelligence Records System (Pathfinder)"; DEA-008 "Investigative Reporting and Filing System"; DEA-010 "Planning and Inspection Division Records"; DEA-011 "Operations Files"; DEA-013 "Security Files"; DEA-14 "System to Retrieve Information from Drug Evidence ", and DEA-017 "Grants of Confidentiality Files (GCF)."

Please also search the DOJ Public Affairs Office System of Records PAO-001 "News Release, Document and Index System" and DOJ-wide system of records, DOJ-017 "Department of Justice, Giglio Information Files."

If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that DEA has no other copies of said records.

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

Hello Mr. McElwee,

Attached is the acknowledgement letter regarding your FOIA case number 19-00877-F.

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

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Good morning Mr. McElwee,
My name is Rita A. Cuellar and I’m your Government Information Specialist (GIS) for your FOIA Case Number 19-00877-F. Be advised that due to the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, DEA, like many Federal Agencies, has mandated telework for its FOIA staff. As a result, DEA has limited access to certain cases, including yours. DEA will finish processing your request as quickly as possible at the resolution of the COVID-19 emergency. We thank you for your patience and have a pleasant and safe day.

Rita A. Cuellar
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Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit (FSRF)
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From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good morning Mr. McElwee,
My name is Rita A. Cuellar and I’m your Government Information Specialist (GIS) for your FOIA Case Number 19-00877-F. Be advised that due to the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, DEA, like many Federal Agencies, has mandated telework for its FOIA staff. As a result, DEA has limited access to certain cases, including yours. DEA will finish processing your request as quickly as possible at the resolution of the COVID-19 emergency. We thank you for your patience and have a pleasant and safe day.

Rita A. Cuellar
Government Information Specialist (GIS)
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit (FSRF)
East Building / Pod# E-6031
(202)307-7610

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good afternoon Mr. McElwee,
Please find the attached COVID-19 Status Letter for your FOIA Case Number 19-00877-F. Thank you.

Rita A. Cuellar
Government Information Specialist (GIS)
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit (FSRF)
East Building / Pod# E-6031
(202)307-7610

  • COVID-19 Status Letter for FOIA Case Number 19-00877-F Requester T. McElwee

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