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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Congressman Gaetz to Host “Western Hemisphere Field Hearing”

March 6, 2018
Press Release
Monday, March 12, 2018 | 1pm-4:30pm CT


Congressman Gaetz (FL01) is hosting the “Western Hemisphere Field Hearing: Hezbollah Gains in South America” in Pensacola, FL on March 12, 2018. The purpose of this event is to engage in meaningful discussion relating to drug trafficking and terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. Congressman Gaetz would like to specifically examine some of the following topics during the panel discussions:

  • Effective implementation of policy and proper allocation of resources to support drug interdiction efforts and combat terrorism in the Western Hemisphere
  • Collaboration of Venezuelan officials with Hezbollah and Venezuela’s support of terrorism
  • Hezbollah integration with criminal networks in South America
  • Hezbollah fundraising in the South American region
  • The role and resources of Northwest Florida and capabilities to support
  • Operations in the Gulf of Mexico related to transnational organized crime
  • Identifying and targeting major trafficking organizations and corridors for illicit drug exports to the United States

Congressman Gaetz’s goals are to identify main threats, receive recommendations to target those threats, and to develop and execute a plan on how Congress can assist in combating and eliminating those threats. 

Some of the invited guests include:

  • CSM (Retired) Joseph J Callahan III 
  • Ana Quintana, Heritage Foundation
  • Tim Valenti, Gulf Coast High Intensity
  • Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
  • Joseph Humire, Center for a Secure Free Society
  • Chief Dep. Chip Simmons, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Walton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Capt. Shane Tucker, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office
  • Jeff Bergosh, Escambia County Commissioner
  • Graham Fountain, Okaloosa County Commissioner
  • Bob Cole, Santa Rosa County Commissioner


*The news media is invited to cover the event.*

National Naval Aviation Museum (Naval Air Station Pensacola) | 1:00pm
West Gate GPS Entry: 1878 South Blue Angel Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32507