The U.S. Department of Justice is establishing a Drug Enforcement Administration Division in the city of Omaha. Acting DEA Administrator Rob Patterson made that announcement this morning.
Patterson says, “We are looking to get more resources and assets and a better continuity of efforts that have been underserved as we’ve tried to deal with it with divisions out of the Chicago and St. Louis Region. We think this is a smart way to do business is to shrink these divisions to ultimately help these individual states.
Patterson was in Omaha along with federal, state and local authorities to announce indictments in a major fentanyl arrest. The new Associate Special Agent in Charge of the Omaha Division is Matthew Barden.
Barden says, “One, I’m very humbled to take over this position and its responsibility. Two, its a great honor of the DEA who have already been in Omaha carrying the torch with the fight they take to the streets every day.”
The new Omaha office will serve Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.
Photo: WOWT 6 News, Omaha.