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Contact: Rafael Lemaitre 202–395–6649
             Cell in Miami: 202–368–8424
Friday, May 24, 2002


Will Highlight Importance of Local Prevention, Treatment, and Law Enforcement Efforts

Washington, DC–John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy, will be visiting Miami, Florida Wednesday, May 29th to promote President Bush's 2002 National Drug Control Strategy. President Bush's Strategy calls for a 10 percent reduction in drug use over the next two years and a 25 percent reduction over the next five years. Director Walters will make a series of stops in the Miami area to meet with local prevention and treatment advocates, as well as law enforcement officials. Walters will also receive briefings and observe demonstrations on current efforts to reduce the flow of illegal drugs into the United States through Florida and to improve border security.

The following events are open to the media:

Wednesday, May 29

7:00-9:00 a.m. Morning News Show Availability
The Drug Czar is available for live morning show interviews to discuss his activities in Miami, the connection between drugs and terror, the status of our nation's efforts to reduce drug use, and other topics related to drug control policy.
10:15-11:15 a.m. Tour of U.S. Customs operations at the Miami Seaport
Director Walters will receive briefings and will tour the inspection facilities at the Seaport. Open press tour includes demonstration of state-of-the-art container inspection equipment. A media availability will follow the tour.

Location: First Security Gate at the Port of Miami, Miami Seaport. Media must gather at the security gate at 10:15 in order to be escorted onto the premises for press events. Contact Zach Mann with U.S. Customs for more information at 305-810-5135.

1:00-1:30 p.m. Tour of the Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center
Director Walters will tour the center and then receive briefings from criminal justice/treatment specialists and tour the center. Media are invited to the tour the center with Director Walters. A brief media availability will follow his visit. Location: 275 NW 2nd St. Location: 275 NW 2nd St.

Director Walters will be available to speak with credentialed media throughout the day. Please contact Rafael Lemaitre (cell: 202-368-8424) to schedule interviews.

Last Updated: May 24, 2002

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