Working to prevent and reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and moving Richland County towards a DRUG FREE community.

Red Ribbon Week

Sunday, October 23, 2022


Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was born in  July 1947 in Mexicali, Mexico. He graduated from Calexico High School in Calexico, Calif. in 1966.  In 1974 he became part of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Seven years later he was assigned to the resident office in Guadalajara.  He worked from this office for 4 1/2 years and was close to exposing a major drug trafficking operation.  On February 7, 1985 Kiki was kidnapped.  That was the last time he was seen alive.  He was 37 years old.

Shortly after his death, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Calexico High School classmate Henry Lozano launched Camarena Clubs.   Club members wore red ribbons and pledges to lead drug free lives.

Red Ribbon Week eventually gained momentum throughout California and later the U.S.  Congress officially established Red Ribbon Week in 1988. 

Info from Elks USA

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