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For Immediate Release

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October 25, 2010 DUSM Garrett Hawk, Eastern District of Louisiana
(504) 589-3131
Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the Eastern District of Louisiana Team up with Amplify Resources, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Louisiana State Police to Kick Off Red Ribbon Week in Slidell, Louisiana

New Orleans, LA – On Monday, October 25, 2010, Deputy U.S. Marshals (DUSMs) and Task Force Officers (TFOs) from the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans joined Amplify Resources, Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Troopers from the Louisiana State Police (LSP) to kick off Red Ribbon Week with a festival held at Heritage Park in Slidell, Louisiana.

Red Ribbon week began as a memorial for fallen DEA agent Enrique Camerena, who was killed in the line of duty while fighting the Mexican drug cartel in 1985 and is part of a national campaign that focuses on awareness and prevention of misuse or illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The slogan for this year’s Red Ribbon Week campaign was “Celebrating 25 Years of Red Ribbon Week, Celebrating Being Drug Free.”

The event was a fun, family oriented event with a kids’ costume contest, a cherry pie-eating contest, a bounce house, music, games and free food. DUSMs and TFOs operated a booth and talked with event goers about the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), in addition to handing out USMS literature, junior deputy badges, t-shirts, posters, stickers, and rulers.

Amplify Resources is located in Mandeville, Louisiana, and is a non-profit organization that works to promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles to residences of St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.

For further information contact the Eastern District of Louisiana (EDLA) U.S. Marshals Service at (504) 589-6079 Press 1 or visit the G.R.E.A.T. website at www.great-online.org. For more information about Amplify Resources visit www.amplifyresources.org. To learn more about the U.S. Marshals Service visit www.usmarshals.gov.