Minden Lions heard an informative presentation from William Green, acting resident agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Shreveport office, during their Thursday club meeting.
Agent Green spoke on challenges the DEA face, from the uptick in pharmaceutical drug use to staffing problems within the agency. He also touched on the problems Shreveport is having with drugs and how most of the shootings within the city are drug-related. Agent Green said Shreveport is a hub for illegal drugs and once they reach the city, they are distributed into neighboring parishes such as Webster and Claiborne.
“One of the most important things we can do is educate our kids,” he said. “Start talking to your kids early, make them aware of their surroundings and teach them about the danger of drugs.”
Agent Green also spoke on the importance of interagency cooperation, such as the relationship the DEA has with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“We can never catch it all, especially by ourselves,” said Agent Green, “so we depend heavily on local law enforcement.”
Agent Green was invited to speak Thursday by Lion Sheriff Jason Parker (seated at right).