Church of Sciento
Drug-Free Marshals of Los Angeles Promote Red Ribbon Anti-Dr
Scientology-sponsored group helps hundreds of Los Angeles youth commit to li
in commemoration of Red Ribbon Week 2009.
10.21.2009 – The Drug-Free Marshals chapter sponsored by the Church of
Scientology of Los Angeles swore in hundreds of youth to live drug-free lives at a
ceremony Saturday in honor of the 21st anniversary of Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbon Week honors the life of DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) Special Agent
Enrique “Kiki” Camarena whose death in 1985 was a wake-up call to the dangers of
drugs and the drug trade. Camarena, an 11-year DEA agent working undercover in
Mexico, was on the way to breaking up a multibillion-dollar drug pipeline when he
was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers.
In 1988, the National Family Partnership sponsored the first National Red Ribbon
Week, with President and Mrs. Reagan its honorary chairpersons. Community
groups, schools and churches hold yearly events to commemorate Camarena’s
work and rally support for drug education and prevention.
The Drug-Free Marshals takes its name from the U.S. marshals, a force for good
popularized in novels and movies about the American West. The program was
founded by the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles in 1993. Since then the
program has helped more than 3 million youth worldwide pledge to be drug-free.
The Los Angeles Drug-Free Marshals and their parents “armed” themselves with
booklets published by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World that provide information
on the most commonly used drugs, such as marijuana, alcohol, heroin, crystal
meth, prescription drugs, inhalants and painkillers.
“We need to educate our children about drug and alcohol abuse. Our children are
constantly exposed to drugs at school, on television, and in movies, so if we don’t
tell them the truth, you can be sure that the drug-dealers will tell them lies. By early
intervention we can prevent drug abuse, which also