Your Scribe introduced Kurt Timken, who is a 16 year veteran of the El Monte Police Department by serving as a Senior Detective, Federally Deputized Task Force Officer representing the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Los Angeles Field Division.
The most interesting thing, Officer Timken grew up in Ohio, went to Phillips Academy, a prep school in Andover, Mass., Pomona College, and then received his MBA from Harvard.
He worked at his family's company, Timken Bearing and Steel company in Ohio, came west to Seal Beach to the aero-space industry at Rockwell International before becoming a law enforcement officer and putting his life on the line dealing in counter-Narcoterrorism where he is involved in wire taping, money laundering drug enforcement on a very limited financial budget.
Agent Timken gave us an up front and personal overview what he is trying to control on the streets with a table display of some 12 different drugs which he deals with on a daily basis starting with marijuana buds with a street value of $800/$1,000 pound to black tar heroin that was priced at $20,000 pound just a few years ago and now is selling at $12,000 pound, this is the drug the police are most concerned especially with young people who can smoke it with a straw after heating it in foil and throw away the evidence.
Agent Timken noted that their budgets to combat narcotic enforcement has been seriously reduced in California with the Federal Government now supplying and funding the over time he gets when he is not on duty with the El Monte Police Department.
President AJ ended the meeting with quote about "Ideas" and Adjourned at 7:48 PM to the parking lot to see the "War Wagon" which is a Ford "Edge" that Linda Klevatt had the privilege to demonstrate with all the required lights, siren, loud speaker, etc. then Agent Timken
opened the back and he
was ready for action at a moment's call with his
equipment for his
protection as well as go on the offensive with both shot guns and many different hand guns of his
choice with plenty of ammunition.
said, the most important thing is the safety of the men and women on the task force.
A great and very informative program and for me after a recent surgery, I was prescript oxy-codone but did not take any because I don't like the side effects of these types of pain killers plus I my nerve block and the use of ice controlled any discomfort.
I can see how one could easily be addicted to meds after listening and talking to DEA Agent Kurt Timken.