DEA Seeks Private Guards To Protect Traveling Tonnage of Pot

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is recruiting private security forces to load, transport and unload "multi-ton" shipments of seized marijuana en route to destruction in Arizona. It's conducting what is known as a "sources sought" inquiry to determine the availability of commercial firms that can provide on-call deployments of armed contractors to protect these bulk transports of pot. "The work to be performed will be the loading of multi-ton quantities of marijuana at a secure site, providing protection and security enroute to the destruction facility, offloading multi-ton quantities of marijuana at the destruction facility, and providing security until all the marijuana is destroyed," the sources-sought notice said.  

The document, which was added to the federal Electronic Posting System database on Thursday (Aug. 11), said that initial security "runs" of the cannabis shipments will take place in and around Tuscon, Ariz., as well as between Tuscon and "Nogales and/or Sierra Vista, Arizona." Future locations may include "Yuma and/or Phoenix," it added.

DEA and its private security agents will transport the marijuana tonnage "on an irregular basis, and will not be scheduled more than a few days in advance," it said. "Runs may be needed as often as once a week, but the interval between runs may be much longer."

DEA will provide a vehicle to transport the marijuana, but requires contractors to provide their own "security/follow vehicle capable of carrying four people, including the driver." The agency set an Aug. 16 deadline for submission of capability statements from interested security firms.

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I'm currently a high school English teacher and writer. I'm also a former Washington, DC, journalist, having worked for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily (WID), investigative newsletters that cover the telecommunications, broadcast and Internet industries. Following the 9/11 attacks, my news beat expanded beyond Capitol Hill telecom/TV/IT policy and began to include technology-policy coverage at the Pentagon and Dept. of Homeland Security. I've written over a thousand articles about government and industry affairs, and I'm pleased to say that I was the reporter who broke the story about the Total Information Awareness surveillance/data-collection initiative of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. I've written articles for publications including NACLA Report on the Americas, Drug Enforcement Report, Corrections Journal, and The Tampa Tribune. I've also written a memoir about my former career as a plainclothes security officer of the Helmsley Palace hotel in New York City, Hotel Dick: Harlots, Starlets, Thieves & Sleaze.