FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Jennifer de Vallance
Wednesday, September 14, 2001
OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY AIDS NEW YORK RECOVERY AND INVESTIGATION
(Washington, D.C.)The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
is providing equipment, technology, and personnel to assist in the massive
recovery and investigation efforts taking place following terrorist attacks
at the World Trade Center in New York City. Assistance provided by ONDCP will
help federal, state, and local officials build a communications network for
the retrieval of victims and will provide ground-level investigative and intelligence
support for the FBI-led investigation.
Edward H. Jurith, Acting Director of ONDCP said, "We hope the resources ONDCP
provides will assist the heroic men and women working to bring care to survivors,
peace to the victims' loved ones, and justice to the world."
On Saturday, September 15th, ONDCP's Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center
will deliver 100 Iridium satellite phones to the New York City Police Department
through the Technology Transfer Program. The satellite phones will replace
vital emergency communications systems that were located on the roof of the
World Trade Centers and destroyed in Tuesday's attacks.
Detectives and investigators from ONDCP's New England High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program have been assigned to assist FBI and Massachusetts
law enforcement agencies in following up leads in the hijacking of two planes
that departed Boston's Logan Airport Tuesday morning.
Personnel from the New York/New Jersey HIDTA have been redirected to support
the "intelligence zone defense" for New York City. More than 500 HIDTA detective/investigators
are aiding the FBI by gathering and analyzing information and following up
leads. The New York/New Jersey HIDTA is also providing 200 pieces of equipment
to enable radio communications, computer terminals and networks, and 70 vehicles
to support the operations in New York City.
"Like thousands of individuals and organizations who have given of themselves
for this cause, we are honored to do whatever we can to bring healing to the
victims, their families and friends, and to the perseverance of freedom throughout
the world," Jurith concluded.