Ahead of Red Ribbon Week, the Parker area had a visit from Mika Camarena, the widow of Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who was killed by a drug cartel while he was working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Camarena had been instrumental in the destruction of a massive marijuana crop owned by the cartel and intended for sale in the United States, and his death – a pivotal moment in the war on drugs – left ripples that were felt for years. Red Ribbon Week started as a way to honor Camarena’s memory, and later became a symbol of drug prevention which it was hoped would lead to a reduction in demand for illegal drugs.
Red Ribbon Week in Parker begins October 24th and ends with Family Fun Day at Pop Harvey Park on November 1st.
Above: members of the PAACE Coalition with Mika.