DEA's top cop shares strategies to combat drug trafficking in Chicago

Dennis Wichern offers comments at Chicago Crime Commission's Spring Luncheon

May 12, 2015, 07:00 ET from Chicago Crime Commission

CHICAGO, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Chicago Crime Commission welcomed Dennis Wichern, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for the Chicago Field Division, as its guest speaker at their annual spring luncheon.  Wichern was appointed SAC of the Chicago Field Division in January 2015, succeeding Jack Riley who is now third in command at the nation's drug-fighting agency.  

"We are pleased that SAC Wichern has taken time out of his busy schedule to be with us," according to J.R. Davis, President and Chairman of the Chicago Crime Commission. "We are excited to hear him discuss the strategies needed for combating drug trafficking in Chicago," he said.

As the DEA's SAC for the Chicago Field Division, Wichern directs all enforcement and administrative activities for the DEA in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota.

Wichern joined the DEA in 1987 as a Special Agent assigned to the St. Louis Field Division.  He was promoted to group supervisor in 1997 and served there until he was transferred to the Domestic Operations Division in 2001 where he coordinated multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Wichern was promoted again in 2002 to Assistant SAC of Domestic Operations where he oversaw multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional investigations.  From 2005 until his promotion to his current assignment, he served as Assistant SAC for the Indianapolis District Office and was responsible for all DEA operations throughout Indiana.   

"The Chicago law enforcement community is fortunate to have someone with Dennis Wichern's strong law enforcement credentials working to address drugs, gangs, and crime in our community," Davis continued.  "The Chicago Crime Commission stands ready to work with the DEA and our other law enforcement partners to do our part to make Chicago a better place to live," he concluded.

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SOURCE Chicago Crime Commission