One on one with the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency

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In the last couple of years Chicago has made headlines with an uptick in its murder rate.  A lot has been said about how to tackle the issue.

Jack Riley, the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency sat down with WGN to talk about how the cartels are being dismantled.  The DEA was the agency partly responsible for the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.  He is the notorious drug dealer who had been wanted for years.

Riley’s strategy is to cut the middle men and then work their way up.  Riley says, “For us, the chokepoint targets are really what we are narrowing in on and quite frankly, there are certain parts of the city that they seem to be more prevalent.”

Some of the drug cartel activity is now moving to Northwest Indiana.

The DEA is also paying close attention to heroin and prescription drugs.  He says prescription drugs are also becoming a major issue.  For the first time last year more people died from prescription drugs than any other drugs.

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