DEA celebrates 40th anniversary

HOUSTON

The Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA is celebrating its 40th anniversary. More than 100 agents and staff gathered at the Houston field office for a special program they're honoring the four decades of service since President Richard Nixon unified federal anti-drug teams back in 1973.

Agents with the Houston division say they've been busy over the years arresting major drug traffickers. They've also shut down illegal pill mills, grow houses for marijuana and synthetic drug operations.

"Houston is one of the hubs, they are making it here, it concerns us a lot. We talk to young kids who are getting very messed up, they get crazy they get addictive, they hurt each other, they hurt somebody else. It's a problem," said SAC Javier Pena with the DEA in Houston.

DEA agents say they're committed to continuing the fight against drugs and educating the community about prevention.

13 Eyewitness News crime reporter Demond Fernandez served as emcee for the group's 40th anniversary program. Find Demond on Facebook at ABC13DemondFernandez or on Twitter at @demondfernandez

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