Indian-origin lawyer named as acting head of DEA by Trump administration

Last Updated: Jul 04 2018 19:31

An Indian-origin lawyer serving in the White House, Uttam Dhillon, has been named the acting administrator of the drug enforcement administration (DEA).

Dhillon has already started working on his new assignment.

“With one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes, there can be no doubt that we are facing the deadliest drug epidemic in our history,” US attorney general Jeff Sessions said on Monday. “The work of the drug enforcement administration is critical to fighting this crisis, and President (Donald) Trump and I are committed to continuing to give it the strong leadership it deserves. That is why I am pleased to appoint Uttam Dhillon as acting administrator.”