Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM EST
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The Colony Palm Beach Pavilion Room 
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480

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Celeste Simon 
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach 

U.S. National Security: Narco-Terrorism & Transnational Organized Crime

The Colony Palm Beach Pavilion Room 
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480  

6:00 p.m. – Registration & Social
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Speaker Presentation

Derek S. Maltz will discuss U.S. National Security: Narco-Terrorism & Transnational Organized Crime

Speaker Profile:
Derek S. Maltz, retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is currently the Executive Director, Government Relations at Pen-Link Ltd. 

Maltz was the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Special Operations Division (SOD) for almost 10 years and previously held the position as the Chief of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is the oldest and largest drug task force in America. As the Agent in Charge of SOD, Mr. Maltz played a vital leadership role in developing and implementing DOJ’s and Department of Homeland Security’s nationwide de-confliction program and was responsible for coordinating multi-agency efforts that resulted in the capture of Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin El Chapo Guzman. SAC Maltz was on CBS 60 Minutes, NBC and CNN in response to SOD’s role in this law enforcement success. Mr. Maltz formally established the Counter Narco-Terrorism Operations Center (CNTOC) in January 2007coordinating narco-terrorism operations, including the identification of a trade-based money laundering scheme supporting Hezbollah, and a subsequent U.S. Treasury Patriot Act 311 action which ultimately led to a $150 million seizure as part of the Hezbollah drug and money laundering initiative named Project Cassandra. Maltz also enhanced SOD’s Bi-Lateral Global Investigations Unit which led to the prosecution of some of the highest level criminals in the world, such as the arrest and conviction of: notorious arms trafficker Viktor Bout;  arms trafficker & terrorist Monzer Al Kassar, alleged mastermind behind the Achille Lauro hijacking; the capture and conviction of Haji Juma Khan, reputedly Afghanistan’s biggest drug kingpin with ties to the Taliban; the capture and conviction of Afghan heroin kingpin Haji Bagcho;  the arrest and conviction of Global Transnational Criminal Paul Le Roux.As a result of Mr. Maltz’ leadership, he received the Presidential Rank Award and has also been the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards. Maltz has been a spokesperson at Congress and the lead spokesperson for the DEA for over 10 years on the “going dark” issues relating to advanced communications and encryption and was a member of the DOJ’s Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) briefing team on these complex issues impacting law enforcement.

SAC Maltz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University, is married, has three children and is part of a family of exceptional public service.

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