Stan Furce, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who heads the Houston HIDTA office, said the group targets Mexican cartel cells responsible for funneling a high percentage of the illegal drugs reaching Houston.He
said the group also focuses on local gangs and major dealers.Furce
said Walters' visit "can help us focus, adopt strategies that have worked elsewhere and share what is working here."
"It is also a chance to whine about dollars - to point out our funding has been level since 1997, which, adjusted for inflation, amounts to a reduction," Furce
The biggest chunk of federal money - more than $18 million in 2002 - funds substance abuse prevention and treatment grants.Another $8 million is divided among area school districts for anti-drug programs.