LIMA — Law enforcement officials from Ohio and the Drug Enforcement Administration, including Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia, arrived in Texas Dec. 12 to visit the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center.
Housed on the grounds of Fort Bliss, the center coordinates the collection, analysis and dissemination of drug-related intelligence with federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement organizations. The DEA intelligence program helps law enforcement initiate investigations of drug organizations, strengthens ongoing ones and develops information that leads to seizures and arrests.
Ohio officials received an overview about the heroin and opiate drug trade as well as narcotics trafficking and trends. The delegation learned that nearly 90 percent of all heroin, fentanyl and opiate drugs are trafficked across the southwestern border. EPIC shares information and intelligence gathered at the border and nationwide to help law enforcement officials identify and arrest drug couriers.
In addition to Treglia, Ohio’s delegation was Sheriff Michael L. Simpson of Preble County, Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach of Van Wert County, Sheriff Keith A. Everhart of Hardin County, DEA Resident Agent in Charge Keith Martin and DEA Assistant Agent in Charge James Goodwin. Representing the Ohio State Highway Patrol were Colonel Paul A. Pride, Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Black, Major B. Gene Smith and Captain Michael D. Kemmer.