Border and Transportation Security chief

March 1, 2003
Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security, was former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he served the first indictments of known terrorists for drug trafficking. During Hutchinson's tenure, DEA targeted the Arellano Felix Organization, purported to be Mexico's most powerful and violent drug trafficking group, leading to the arrest of its head, Benjamin

Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security, was former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he served the first indictments of known terrorists for drug trafficking. During Hutchinson's tenure, DEA targeted the Arellano Felix Organization, purported to be Mexico's most powerful and violent drug trafficking group, leading to the arrest of its head, Benjamin Arellano Felix. Hutchinson was elected to the House of Representatives three times, where he served on the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to his election to the Congress in 1996, Hutchinson practiced law in Arkansas, and was appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Arkansas.

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