Newsbrief: Bush to Nominate Woman Prosecutor to Head DEA 3/28/03

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The White House announced on March 21 that President Bush will nominate Karen P. Tandy, head of the Justice Department's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, to head the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If approved, Tandy would replace acting DEA head John B. Brown III, a DEA administrator tapped to sit-in as agency head in January after former DEA chief Asa Hutchinson resigned to become Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security.

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement task force takes credit for prosecuting more than 44,000 people and seizing more than $3 billion in cash and goods from suspects since its inception in 1982.

Tandy, who, if confirmed, would be the first woman to head the drug-fighting agency, is a long-time prosecutor who has previously served as chief of litigation for the Justice Department's asset forfeiture program and as deputy chief for narcotics and dangerous drugs. She is currently a Deputy Associate Attorney General.

Tandy also has experience as an Assistant US Attorney in Virginia and Washington state, where she prosecuted drug, money laundering and asset forfeiture cases. She has also worked closely with the DEA, most recently in investigating a widely publicized pseudoephedrine smuggling operation operating between Canada and the US. Last year, the DEA's Detroit field office gave her a crystal plaque recognizing her "significant contributions and support."

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