Viewfinder: Mika Camarena


Ahead of Red Ribbon Week, the Parker area had a visit from Mika Camarena, the widow of Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who was killed by a drug cartel while he was working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Camarena had been instrumental in the destruction of a massive marijuana crop owned by the cartel and intended for sale in the United States, and his death – a pivotal moment in the war on drugs – left ripples that were felt for years. Red Ribbon Week started as a way to honor Camarena’s memory, and later became a symbol of drug prevention which it was hoped would lead to a reduction in demand for illegal drugs.

Red Ribbon Week in Parker begins October 24th and ends with Family Fun Day at Pop Harvey Park on November 1st.

Above: members of the PAACE Coalition with Mika.

One comment

  1. The war on drugs has caused more deaths than the actual drugs themselves!

    The war on drugs is a war on the individual and freedom and liberty itself.

    If we were an actual free society like we thump our chests about, you’d be allowed to put anything in your body you want, whether it’s drugs or vitamins.

    County Attorney Tony Rogers would lock up his brother if it meant he’d get re-elected.

    Anyone with a brain knows drug use and abuse is a health issue not a criminal issue. Countries that view it this way have much less drug addicts and crime and cops and prosecutors, etc., than countries who like to throw people into a cage for smoking a leaf.

    Wake up people!

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