NEWS & EVENTS

March 2017

The FDAF welcomes Richard Garriott, [Richard Garriott de Cayeux], as a new director of the Federal Drug Agents Foundation. Richard Garriott, the only second generation US Astronaut, (son of Astronaut Owen Garriott), flew on the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft and was part of the International Space Station crew in 2008. He is a renowned Silicon Valley entrepreneur. We look forward to his insightful contribution to the activities of the board.

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November 2016

This year’s 2016 True American Hero Award reception was held the evening of November 7th 2016 in New York City.

Award recipients included members of the follow agencies: ATF,CBP,DEA,FBI, HSI, IRS-CI,USMS, NYPD, NYSP, SPECIAL NARCOTICS, USMS, USSS and others. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to: Robert L. Capers - United States Attorney ,EDNY; James B. Comey- Director of the FBI; and James P. O’Neill- Commissioner , NYPD

The event was hosted by the Directors of the FDAF and attended by more than 200 Law Enforcement professionals

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June 2016

The Board of the FDAF was invited to Rikers Island, NYC’s main jail to meet with Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte & the DOC Command Staff & tour the jail facility.

The FDAF works closely with the members of the NYC DOC to show the publics support and respect for the thankless and very dangerous work of” New York’s Boldest”

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January 2016

FDAF Board Member Shaquille O’Neal makes NEWS; Showing Support of Gainesville Police by Playing a Basketball Pickup Game with Local Kids.

One of the FDAF’s Board Members – Shaquille O’Neal has recently gone viral on YouTube – January 23, 2016 – recorded by a police car’s dashcam video.  Captured on the video tape shows local Officer Bobby White responding to a complaint of kids playing basketball in the street, officer White saw nothing wrong with the children playing basketball, it was clearly an unjustified complaint from a cranky neighbor, Officer White jokingly said he would return the next day with “backup”.   Indeed, White returned the next day with “backup”, Isleworth Florida resident, former NBA Basketball sensation and FDAF Board Member Shaquille O’Neal.  Community goodwill and the support of the local police department’s pro-active positive interaction with the area’s youth was resounding – as dozens of awestruck residents and police watched the impromptu pickup game.  The video has become viral on YouTube with close to 50,000 hits in only a few days.  [see video below].  FDAF appreciates the actions and participation in this event by our Board Member and congratulates and supports the efforts of police departments like the Gainsville Police Department.

November 2015

Board Members Who Recently Attended the FDAF American Hero’s Award Ceremony at
The Harmonie Club on November 2, 2015

Front row: Joel Weiss, Kathryn J. Donohue, Dennis J. Schnur, Robert Silbering, Michael N. Emmerman.
Rear row: James Barnes, Richard I. Kandel, Bradley D. Schnur, Scott Bloom, Jeffrey R. Dubin,
Arnold Zimmerman, Temuri Nanikashvili, Jeffrey S. Gould

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October 2015

FDAF Plays Supportive Role in Papal Visit to NYC.

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation has long been recognized for its history of ongoing support to the men and women of law enforcement. So it was no surprise when they were invited by the Unites States Secret Service & NYPD to participate in providing needed essential support services by feeding hundreds of federal, state and NYC personnel who were assigned to the MACC command center throughout the 3 weeks of preparation and duration of Pope Francis’ recent visit to New York City, the President of the United States NY visit and the UN General Assembly. The FDAF shown here at the NYPD Multi-Agency Communications Center at NYPD Headquarters. (Shown in some of the photographs of this historic event are: FDAF Board of Directors Member Richard I. Kandel, FDAF Board of Directors Member Jonathan J. Kandel and FDAF Chairman of the Board Dennis Schnur.)

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2015 FDAF sponsored DHS-ICE family day











June 2015

The FDAF sponsors DEA Explorer Post 99

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May 2015

FDAF Directors Gabe Erem & Jose Bautista

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November 2014

Federal Drug Agents Foundation 15th Annual True American Hero Award Ceremony at Harmonie Club New York City - November 3, 2014

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FDAF Chairman Dennis Schnur and basketball legend, and newest FDAF Board Member, Shaquille O'Neal [FDAF Crystal Award recipient] welcome attendees and honorees to the 15th True American Hero Awards Dinner. During the ceremony, a few of the honorees included: NYC Police Commisioner William J. Bratton; US Customs & Border Protection Director of Field Operations Robert E. Perez; FBI New York Field Office Assistant Director George Venizelos, as well as members from law enforcement agencies including the DEA, ATF, FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security, and other State and local Police and Public Safety Agencies from across the United States.

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Federal Drug Agents Foundation Board of Directors

Loretta E. Lynch

Attorney General nominee Loretta E. Lynch, former FDAF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.


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Shaquille O'Neal with William Bratton and Rikki Klieman.


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From left to right: FBI Assistant Director George Venizolos, FDAF Board Member Shaquille O'Neal, CBP Director Robert Perez, FDAF board member Gabe Erem at the True American Hero Award Ceremony.


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FDAF Lifetime Achievement Award winners Bridget Brennen , NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor & Brian Crowell DEA, SAC.

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Board of Director Jeff Gould & his wife.

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Board Member Shaquille O'Neal poses with Nassau County Police Explorer Cadette Honor Guards.

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Federal Drug Agents Foundation President Robert Silbering, Chief Counsel Bradley Schnur, Chairman Dennis Schnur and Director Shaquille O'Neal at the Annual True American Hero Award Ceremony.

October 2014

FDAF Members gather at International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference to plan programs & events 2014 - 2015

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FDAF at this year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference, in Orlando Florida. Image: Left – FDAF Chairman, Dennis Schnur and Board Member, Shaquille O’Neal meet for the purpose of planning the agenda for the FDAF True American Hero Award Ceremony on November 3, 2014. Image: Center - FDAF Board Members Jeffrey Gould and Shaquille O'Neal. Image: Right – FDAF General Counsel, Bradley Schnur, Esq. and Board of Directors Shaquille O’Neal discuss various FDAF and DEA Programs for 2015.

October 2014

DEA & FDAF meet at International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Orlando Florida

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DEA Command Staff Meeting, at 2014 IACP Annual Convention in Orlando Florida, to review the work that the FDAF has done over the past year in support of the DEA's global mission and fearless drug warriors of the DEA around the globe.

September 11, 2014

DEA - FDAF Conference With the Istanbul Turkey Police Narcotics Division Sept. 2014

DEA - FDAF Conference With the Istanbul Turkey Police Narcotics Division Sept. 2014. Center front: Joe Cinque - FDAF Global Ambassador, Ercument Ozinan – Istanbul Police Narcotics Chief, and Dennis Schnur - FDAF Board Chairman.

May 8, 2014

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation, welcomes Shaquille O’Neal to the FDAF as an Honorary Director of the Foundation and for other Foundation matters. Above, Shaquille O’Neal proudly displays a FDAF acceptance letter and an honorary FDAF Shield for Shaq to display on his wall. Everyone at FDAF looks forward to Mr. O’Neal’s participation and support in the Foundation’s efforts to support the men and women of law enforcement engaged in the world wide fight against illegal narcotics trade.

November 29, 2013

Presentation Made to 2013 Essay Contest Winners.

Federal Drug Agents Foundation Chairman Dennis Schnur and Sergeants Benevolent Association President make presentation to the winners of the 2013 essay contest. Each of the winners was presented with an iPad, donated by the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.

November 6, 2013

Staten Island D.A. and DEA's top New York agent are lauded as anti-drug crusaders

District Attorney Daniel Donovan, left, poses with Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan and former Special Narcotics Prosecutor Robert Silbering at an awards ceremony in Manhattan monday. Donovan was given a lifetime achioevement award by the Federal Drug Agents Foundation. (Photo courtesy of D.A. Daniel Donovan's office)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The borough's district attorney and the federal DEA's top New York agent have been hailed as "true American heroes" by a national law enforcement association for their work combating narcotics abuse.

At a ceremony in Manhattan Monday night, District Attorney Daniel Donovan and DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell joined two other honorees -- Nassau County Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki and Brigadier General Asadullah Babakarkhil, the commander of Afghanistan's Sensitive Investigations Unit -- to receive lifetime achievement awards from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.

Dennis Schnur, the foundation's chairman, referred to Donovan as a "proactive" anti-drug crusader, both in terms of arresting drug dealers and steering low-level defendants to treatment programs.

Brian Crowell, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's New York division, also received a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony, which took place in The Harmonie Club in Manhattan.

"He has a long, long history of success. He has a desire to try to do the right thing in terms of both criminal (investigations) and trying to help people," Schnur said.

Crowell, a 25-year DEA veteran, took the reins of the New York division in 2012. Most recently, he oversaw the DEA's role in a joint NYPD-DEA takedown last month of an alleged oxycodone and gun-dealing ring that operated out of a Great Kills barbershop.

The ceremony took place at The Harmonie Club in Manhattan.

October 2013

FDAF Hosts Chinese National Police And Homeland Security Investigations in NYC Hosted by Directors Joel Weiss and Chief Counsel Bradley Schnur

July 18, 2013

Federal Drug Agents Foundation Helps Family of Fallen Columbian National Police Officer

The war on drugs is international and recently the DEA began presenting awards to its Foreign Partners who have been killed or seriously injured in the battle against illegal drugs. In 2012, the Federal Drug Agents Foundation posthumously honored another fallen Columbian National Police Officer, who died in the line of duty, and presented his widow and daughter with a check to help them adjust to the loss and assist them with any financial burdens.

Ceremony with Columbian National Police Antinarcotics Police Director, Major General Luis Alberto Perez Alvaran and Yesenia Pelaez, widow of fallen officer. Pelaez’s daughter salutes, reminiscent of the iconic photograph of JFK’s son John John saluting at the funeral procession of his assassinated father.

June, 2012

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart and DEA Andean Region Country Attache Jay Bergman present a Federal Drug Agents Foundation check to the Commanding General of the Colombian National Police at the IDEC conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

July 16, 2013

40 Years on the Front Lines

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) celebrates 40 years of tradition of excellence.

October 19, 2010

New York FBI Agents and Task Force Officers are Among a Team of Individuals to Receive the Federal Drug Agents Foundation’s True American Hero Award

FBI New York
Contact: Richard Kolko, (212) 384-2715
Contact: Jim Margolin, (212) 384-2720

Yesterday, FBI special agents jointly received the True American Hero Award at the ninth annual Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF) Award Ceremony in New York.

The team was recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to Operations Blood Drive and Black Crown. On May 13, 2010, the FBI’s Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force (HVSSTF) conducted a major operation in Newburgh, New York. Seventy-eight gang members were indicted in the Southern District of New York on various federal charges. Starting in the early morning hours, over 500 law enforcement personnel carried out a major arrest operation, which went smoothly and was a great success.

Left to right: Detective Charlie Nyland (City of Middletown PD), Sergeant Paul Arteta (Orange County Sheriff's Office), Investigator Michael Panico (NYSP;holding plaque), Special Agent Jose Flores, Special Agent Neil Donovan, Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez, ADIC Janice K. Fedarcyk, Supervisory Special Agent James Gagliano, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Belle Chen, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Maimin (USAO-SDNY)
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The Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s New York Field Office Janice K. Fedarcyk said, "We are here to honor those agents and task force personnel who worked diligently on this investigation and to recognize the amazing work that is accomplished by working hand in hand with our fellow law enforcement partners.”

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation was formed in 1994 by a group of professionals to provide support to the members and families of many law enforcement agencies and is dedicated to providing recognition and support to our nation's federal agents and task force members.

The Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force is comprised of agents and law enforcement officers from DOJ (SDNY); City of Newburgh PD; New York State Police; Orange County D.A.'S Office; Orange County Sheriff's Office; ATF; ICE; USMS; NYS Dept. Of Corrections; City of Middletown PD; Town of Newburgh PD; Town of New Windsor PD; Village of Monticello PD; City of Poughkeepsie PD; Dutchess County Sheriff's Office; Beacon Police Department; Sullivan County Sheriff's Office; and NYS Department of Parole.

November 17, 2009

NYO Squad C-23 Agents Jointly Receive the Federal Drug Agents Foundations True American Hero Award

FBI New York
November 17, 2009
Jim Margolin
(212) 384-2720

Yesterday, FBI Special Agents Michael G. Zuk, Karma M. Smith, and Peter A. Casson of Squad C-23 jointly received the True American Hero Award at the eight annual Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF) Award Ceremony in New York.

The team was recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to Operation Diamond Deeds, a long term Title III investigation targeting a gang involved in violent criminal offenses including homicide, robbery, drug trafficking, hijacking, insurance fraud, and police impersonation. In the past four years, the gang has been responsible for the theft and attempted theft of millions of dollars in diamonds and cash.

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Cardona of FBI New York’s Criminal Division attended the ceremony and said, "We are here to honor those agents who used incomparable investigative strategy and notable techniques bringing about 24 arrests and 19 indictments.”

FBI Special Agents Michael G. Zuk, Karma M. Smith
and Peter A. Casson of Squad C-23
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The Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF)
True American Hero Award Plaque
Photo Credit: FBI

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation was formed 15 years ago by a group of professionals to provide support to the members and families of many law enforcement agencies and is dedicated to providing recognition and support to our nation's federal agents, task force members.

November 8, 2008

FDAF Attends the 115th IACP Conference, San Diego, Ca

The FDAF hosts a reception at the 115th IACP Conference in San Diego, CA, November 8, 2008

Pictured l-r, Dennis J. Schnur, FDAF Chairman, Michele Leonhart, Acting Administrator DEA, Michael Emmerman, FDAF Vice-Chairman, Jeffrey Gould, FDAF Director

Pictured l-r, Jeffrey Gould, FDAF Director, Michael Emmerman, FDAF Vice-Chairman, Dennis J. Schnur, FDAF Chairman, Bradley D. Schnur, Esq., FDAF Counsel

October 28, 2008

DEA Acting Administrator Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, October, 2008

OCT 28 -- (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart received the Federal Drug Agents Foundation’s first-ever lifetime achievement award for her 28 years of service in law enforcement at a reception in New York City on Monday, Oct. 27.

FULL STORY AVAILABLE AT: http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr102808.html

August 2008

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, August 2008

July 22, 2008

FDAF receives recognition from U.S. HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES

May 8, 2008

Visit to New York by Deligation from Singapore

Visit to New York by Delegation from Singapore Attends dinner hosted by The Federal Drug Agents Foundation.

April 9, 2008

DEA Teaches Students Important Lessons For Life

On April 9, 2008 the DEA’s Miami Field Division along with the FDAF launched kicked off its anti-drug program for the fourth and fifth grade students at the Brentwood Elementary School in Miami Gardens, Florida.

November 5, 2007

5th Annual "True American Hero Award Reception" November 5, 2007 at The Water Club

From Left to Right: Dennis J. Schnur Chairman, United States Attorney Michael J. Garcia (Guest of Honor) of Southern District of New York, and Christopher Cuomo ABC’s Good Morning America

From Left to Right: Dennis J. Schnur Chairman, Christopher Cuomo ABC’s Good Morning America and Christopher Giovino

February 20, 2007

Brigadier General Jorge Baron-Leguizamon, Director, Colombian National Police Antinarcotics Forces Visits the DEA’s New York Field Division

SAC Gilbride welcomes Director of the Colombian National Police Antinarcotics Forces, General Baron-Leguizamon to New York City.

FDAF Chairman Dennis Schnur and Noah Perlman present General Baron-Leguizamon with checks for families of the ten CNP Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in Jamundi, Colombia last year.

FEB 20 -- On February 8, 2007 SAC John P. Gilbride welcomed Brigadier General Jorge Baron-Leguizamon and Major Raul Fernando Lopez-Castano to New York City to meet with federal and state prosecutors and to commend the exemplary relationship between the DEA and the Colombian National Police

October 31, 2006

Federal DrugAgents Foundation Honors DEA Administrator and DEA Special Agents

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Roslynn R. Mauskopf , NYSP Captain Claire Mulcahy, Administrator Karen Tandy, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and Jodi Avergun

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Roslynn R. Mauskopf , NYSP Captain Claire Mulcahy, Administrator Karen Tandy, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and Jodi Avergun

Administrator Karen Tandy addresses the Federal Drug Agents Foundation

Administrator Karen Tandy addresses the Federal Drug Agents Foundation

OCT 31--DEA Administrator Karen Tandy flew to New York in order to be the Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF) honorary guest at the FDAF 2006 Award Ceremony. The FDAF was formed in 1994 by a group of leaders from the worlds of business and the professions. The Foundation's mission is to provide a support mechanism for the professionals of the Drug Enforcement Administration, their families and whenever possible, their law enforcement counterparts.

FULL STORY AVAILABLE AT: http://www.dea.gov/pubs/states/newsrel/nyc103106b.html

October 19, 2006

FDAF - DEA Red Ribbon Week Assembly

Calabash Elementary SchoolWoodland Hills, California

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation proudly co-hosted the Red Ribbon week assembly at the Calabash Elementary School. on Thursday October 19, 2006. Special Agent Lance Williams of the DEA Los Angeles Field Division organized and lead the assembly. Special thanks to the teachers and staff of Calabash Elementary School for their support and cooperation in making this event a great success.

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation proudly co-hosted the Red Ribbon week assembly at the Calabash Elementary School on Thursday, October 19, 2006. Special Agent Lance Williams of the DEA Los Angeles Field Division organized and lead the assembly. Special thanks to the teachers and staff of Calabash Elementary School for their support and cooperation in making this event a great success.

July 29, 2006

Federal Drug Agents Foundation Summer Fundraiser

Federal Drug Agents Foundation Summer Fundraiser - Harvey Birdoff and Dennis Schnur

Harvey Birdoff and Dennis Schnur
Photo by Katrina Lovett
hamptons.com

With the hot weather in full swing, it was the perfect theme for guests including Dennis Schnur, Kevin Duchemin, and Harvey Birdoff to cool off with some delicious food and wine from Pierre’s and Wolffer Estate. Inside the cozy restaurant and on the sidewalk out front, the conversation was humming as they bid in the silent auction and raised money to help families of those killed in the line of duty of law enforcement, and for educational programs on the dangers of drugs and gang involvement.

May 2005

Pictured l-r, Joe McEwing (Mets),
Bradley Schnur, FDAF.

FDAF General Counsel Bradley Schnur presenting New York Mets Infielder/Outfielder Joe McEwing with FDAF/ATF Award Thanking the Mets for Inviting 100 students that recently graduated from the Gang Resistance Education And Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.), from the Paul Robeson Public School 191 in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to be their guests.

November 13, 2004

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation co-sponsored along with Administrator Karen Tandy of the DEA the DEA’s reception at the 111th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Los Angeles, CA on November 13, 2004

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation Assists San Diego Division And Offers Scholarships

Within hours of learning that an employee of the San Diego Division lost his home to the devastating wildfires in the San Diego region the Federal Drug Agents Foundation rushed into action. Monetary assistance was immediately rendered to the employee to ease the burden of relocation in it's early stages.

In addition the Federal Drug Agents Foundation has announced the Federal Drug Agents Foundation Scholarship. The Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF) has developed a scholarship program designed to assist supervisors, in the law enforcement community, to obtain graduate level degrees. On an annual basis, the FDAF will award four scholarships worth (up-to) twenty-five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) each. Any member of a federal, state or local drug enforcement unit is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be currently working in concert with any empowered U.S. Code Title 21 agency and enrolled in a recognized graduate level program that enhances the law enforcement interest. Click here for further information.

Newark Division Thanks Federal Drug Agents Foundation

SAC Mike Pasterchick (center)
Michael Emmerman, FDAF, (left)
Dennis Schnur FDAF, right)

During a recent meeting of the Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF), Newark Division's newly appointed SAC Mike Pasterchick presented members of the FDAF a plaque thanking them for their support. The FDAF assisted the Division and the family of former SAC Tony Cammarato during their time of grief. In addition, the FDAF worked with the Division and provided assistance with the necessary accommodations needed for the return to work of a Special Agent after a long illness. The FDAF also supported the Division during it’s recent 30th Anniversary Celebration.

The Federal Drug Agents Foundation Assists San Diego Division And Offers Scholarships

From left: Dr. Richard Leinhardt,
MD, Board Member;
Denis Schnur, President;
and Leslie Crocker Snyder,
Board Member

Within hours of learning that an employee of the San Diego Division lost his home to the devastating wildfires in the San Diego region the Federal Drug Agents Foundation rushed into action. Monetary assistance was immediately rendered to the employee to ease the burden of relocation in it's early stages.

In addition the Federal Drug Agents Foundation has announced the Federal Drug Agents Foundation Scholarship. The Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF) has developed a scholarship program designed to assist supervisors, in the law enforcement community, to obtain graduate level degrees. On an annual basis, the FDAF will award four scholarships worth (up-to) twenty-five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) each. Any member of a federal, state or local drug enforcement unit is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be currently working in concert with any empowered U.S. Code Title 21 agency and enrolled in a recognized graduate level program that enhances the law enforcement interest. Click here for further information.