Alabama Fusion Center Supports the DEA in Combating Transnational Drug Networks
Alabama Fusion Center, May 2014
From January to May 2014, the Alabama Fusion Center (AFC) was instrumental in the success of Project Synergy, a national effort led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The AFC provided intelligence and research support to the DEA as well as to the 35 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies involved in the effort. The AFC served as a hub for research and information dissemination, investigating tips and leads submitted by Alabama’s Narcotics Task Force agents for analysis of transnational drug networks, including sources of supply and global money flow. Additionally, AFC intelligence analysts were onsite at the DEA’s operations center, supplying real time information to investigators. Through these joint efforts, Project Synergy resulted in the arrest of more than 38 individuals suspected of being involved with transnational drug networks and the seizure of over 200 pounds of synthetic drugs, $500,000 in cash and bank accounts and 19 guns.
Fusion Center Collaboration with Partner Agencies Leads to Apprehension of Murder Suspect
Southeast Florida Fusion Center, January 2014
In January 2014, the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) contacted the Southeast Florida Fusion Center (SEFFC) for information concerning two residents of Miami Gardens, Florida, suspected of having outstanding arrest warrants in the Bahamas. The SEFFC discovered that both subjects were Bahamian citizens living in the United States illegally, and notified the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Miami Sector, who coordinated with the MGPD to apprehend them.
During processing, the CBP INTERPOL Liaison confirmed that one of the subjects was wanted in the Bahamas for the murder of a U.S. citizen. The subject was extradited and turned over to Bahamian authorities. The second subject was issued an order of deportation and removed from the United States.
The SEFFC’s ability to support local investigations and share information with its federal partners provided an opportunity to identify and remove “wanted” and possibly dangerous individuals from the United States.