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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 317

BLM "Special Agent of the Year" honored in San Diego

Laurel Pistel of BLM-California's Arcata Field Office has been honored as BLM’s "Special Agent of the Year" in a ceremony last week in San Diego attended by high-level Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management leadership. Pistel, a 15-year BLM law enforcement officer, was presented her award by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Steve Allred, who joined BLM Director Jim Caswell, State Director Mike Pool and BLM law enforcement officers from across the country. (text continues below)

Laurel Pistel receives the award from Assistant Secretary Allred at the ceremony in San Diego:
Laurel Pistel shakes hands as she receives a plaque from Assistant Secretary Steve Allred

In presenting the award, Allred cited Pistel's investigations into an increasing number of Mexican National Drug Trafficking Organizations in her area of responsibility, which includes portions of two Field Offices. With the help of other Special Agents and BLM Rangers, she worked to locate cultivation sites, and coordinated eradication efforts through California's Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP). Those efforts led to the arrest of two suspects, and identification of 20 others.

"Laurel's tenacity and relentless pursuit of suspects is second to none," Allred said.

He also cited Pistel's willingness to mentor two newly-hired special agents, in addition to her investigative workload. "Laurel provided the guidance, knowledge and experience that helped the agents to be successful in their work," he said.

BLM California News.bytes, issue 317

Last updated: 02-06-2008