Operation Raw Deal

Operation Raw Deal

October 9, 20907

by Sassy

The latest news regarding steroid use in the world of sports entertainment, and perhaps sports in general, was the announcement of Operation Raw Deal. 

Over one hundred arrests were made in a sweep that covered a good portion of the world.  While everyone sits back and waits for the names of those in the sports world involved, I wondered where on earth the name Operation Raw Deal originated and decided to find out about the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who spearheaded this project. I found them online.

As we sit and ponder how many wrestlers have died too soon and how easily they obtain the poison that takes their lives, it feels as though we have forgotten the true heroes.

I love the world of wrestling as much as the next fan and spend hours watching the shows, reading the articles, and writing about what is good and what is bad in sports entertainment.  As I perused the latest articles on Operation Raw Deal, I realized that heroes have never asked to be in the spotlight.  Heroes have never asked for glory or fame. Sometimes we never even know their names.

In my quest to learn more about the DEA and their battles in the war against illegal drugs, I found the DEA’s Wall of Honor.  Wrestlers are not the only ones who die young.  The difference is these men and women died trying to keep America drug free.

Charles Archie Wood, age 35

Stafford E. Beckett, age 31

Joseph W. Floyd, age 46

Bert S. Gregory, age 53

James T. Williams, age 25

Louis L. Marks, age 45

James E. Brown, age 46

John W. Crozier, age 36

Spencer Stafford, age 36

Andrew W. Sanderson, age 53

Anker M. Bangs, age 50

Wilson Michael Shee, age 36

Mansell R. Burrell, age 23

Hector Jordan, age 38

Gene A. Clifton, age 27

Frank Tummillo, age 25

Richard Heath, Jr., age 36

George F. White, age 31

Emir Benitez, age 28

Gerald Sawyer, age 32

Leslie S. Grosso, age 32

Nikolas Fragos, age 29

Charles H. Mann, age 31

Mary M. Keehan, age 27       

Anna Y. Younger, age 24

Anna J. Pope, age 54

Martha D. Skeels, age 50

Mary P. Sullivan, age 56

Larry D. Wallace, age 32

Ralph N. Shaw, age 40

James T. Lunn, age 35

Octavio Gonzalez, age 38

Francis J. Miller, age 43

Robert C. Lightfoot, age 34

Thomas J. Devine, age 40

Larry N. Carwell, age 39

Marcellus Ward, age 36

Enrique S. Camarena, age 37

Kevin L. Brosch, age 34

James A. Avant, age 37

Charles M. Bassing, age 33

Susan M. Hoefler, age 32

William Ramos, age 30

Raymond J. Statsny, age 30

Arthur L. Cash, age 40

Terry W. McNett, age 36

George M. Montoya, age 34

Paul S. Seema, age 51

Everett E. Hatcher, age 46

Rickie C. Finley, age 36

Joseph T. Aversa, age 31

Wallie Howard, Jr., age 31

Eugene T. McCarthy, age 35

Alan H. Winn, age 37

G. Douglas Althouse, age 28

Becky L. Dwojeski, age 34

Stephen J. Strehl, age 35

Richard E. Fass, age 37

Frank S. Wallace, Jr., age 37

Juan C. Vars, age 32

Jay W. Seale, age 31

Meredith Thompson, age 33

Frank Fernandez, Jr., age 38

Kenneth G. McCullough, age 36

Carrol June Fields, age 48

Shelly D. Bland, age 25/DynCorp

Carrie A. Lenz, age 26/DynCorp

Rona L. Chafey, age 35/Cleveland Co OK Sheriff’s Office

Shaun E. Curl, age 39

Pilot Instructor Larry Steilen, age 51

Royce D. Tramel, age 36

Alice Faye Hall-Walton, age 32

Elton Lee Armstead, age 45

Special Agent Terry Loftus, age 44

Task Force Officer Jay Balchunas, age 34

The above deaths date from 1924 until 2004. Most of the deceased were under the age of 40, some were still in their 20’s.

There are countless others who fight the war on illegal drugs daily who are not listed here.  The men and women who wear the badge of police officer and died in the line of duty to keep drugs off the street should be counted but I am not certain this website would hold all of the names.

I will watch wrestling as I always have for the entertainment and the flair.  But my heroes will be the ones who gave their lives in the line of duty to protect the world from what is killing the stars who grace the wrestling arenas.

For more information on the Drug Enforcement Agency, The Wall of Honor, and the DEA’s Most Wanted, visit http://www.usdoj.gov/dea

 

 

 

Operation Raw Deal

Operation Raw Deal

October 9, 20907

by Sassy

The latest news regarding steroid use in the world of sports entertainment, and perhaps sports in general, was the announcement of Operation Raw Deal. 

Over one hundred arrests were made in a sweep that covered a good portion of the world.  While everyone sits back and waits for the names of those in the sports world involved, I wondered where on earth the name Operation Raw Deal originated and decided to find out about the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who spearheaded this project. I found them online.

As we sit and ponder how many wrestlers have died too soon and how easily they obtain the poison that takes their lives, it feels as though we have forgotten the true heroes.

I love the world of wrestling as much as the next fan and spend hours watching the shows, reading the articles, and writing about what is good and what is bad in sports entertainment.  As I perused the latest articles on Operation Raw Deal, I realized that heroes have never asked to be in the spotlight.  Heroes have never asked for glory or fame. Sometimes we never even know their names.

In my quest to learn more about the DEA and their battles in the war against illegal drugs, I found the DEA’s Wall of Honor.  Wrestlers are not the only ones who die young.  The difference is these men and women died trying to keep America drug free.

Charles Archie Wood, age 35

Stafford E. Beckett, age 31

Joseph W. Floyd, age 46

Bert S. Gregory, age 53

James T. Williams, age 25

Louis L. Marks, age 45

James E. Brown, age 46

John W. Crozier, age 36

Spencer Stafford, age 36

Andrew W. Sanderson, age 53

Anker M. Bangs, age 50

Wilson Michael Shee, age 36

Mansell R. Burrell, age 23

Hector Jordan, age 38

Gene A. Clifton, age 27

Frank Tummillo, age 25

Richard Heath, Jr., age 36

George F. White, age 31

Emir Benitez, age 28

Gerald Sawyer, age 32

Leslie S. Grosso, age 32

Nikolas Fragos, age 29

Charles H. Mann, age 31

Mary M. Keehan, age 27       

Anna Y. Younger, age 24

Anna J. Pope, age 54

Martha D. Skeels, age 50

Mary P. Sullivan, age 56

Larry D. Wallace, age 32

Ralph N. Shaw, age 40

James T. Lunn, age 35

Octavio Gonzalez, age 38

Francis J. Miller, age 43

Robert C. Lightfoot, age 34

Thomas J. Devine, age 40

Larry N. Carwell, age 39

Marcellus Ward, age 36

Enrique S. Camarena, age 37

Kevin L. Brosch, age 34

James A. Avant, age 37

Charles M. Bassing, age 33

Susan M. Hoefler, age 32

William Ramos, age 30

Raymond J. Statsny, age 30

Arthur L. Cash, age 40

Terry W. McNett, age 36

George M. Montoya, age 34

Paul S. Seema, age 51

Everett E. Hatcher, age 46

Rickie C. Finley, age 36

Joseph T. Aversa, age 31

Wallie Howard, Jr., age 31

Eugene T. McCarthy, age 35

Alan H. Winn, age 37

G. Douglas Althouse, age 28

Becky L. Dwojeski, age 34

Stephen J. Strehl, age 35

Richard E. Fass, age 37

Frank S. Wallace, Jr., age 37

Juan C. Vars, age 32

Jay W. Seale, age 31

Meredith Thompson, age 33

Frank Fernandez, Jr., age 38

Kenneth G. McCullough, age 36

Carrol June Fields, age 48

Shelly D. Bland, age 25/DynCorp

Carrie A. Lenz, age 26/DynCorp

Rona L. Chafey, age 35/Cleveland Co OK Sheriff’s Office

Shaun E. Curl, age 39

Pilot Instructor Larry Steilen, age 51

Royce D. Tramel, age 36

Alice Faye Hall-Walton, age 32

Elton Lee Armstead, age 45

Special Agent Terry Loftus, age 44

Task Force Officer Jay Balchunas, age 34

The above deaths date from 1924 until 2004. Most of the deceased were under the age of 40, some were still in their 20’s.

There are countless others who fight the war on illegal drugs daily who are not listed here.  The men and women who wear the badge of police officer and died in the line of duty to keep drugs off the street should be counted but I am not certain this website would hold all of the names.

I will watch wrestling as I always have for the entertainment and the flair.  But my heroes will be the ones who gave their lives in the line of duty to protect the world from what is killing the stars who grace the wrestling arenas.

For more information on the Drug Enforcement Agency, The Wall of Honor, and the DEA’s Most Wanted, visit http://www.usdoj.gov/dea

 

 

 

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