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Casting Alpha: Amtracs in Vietnam
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Prescription for Murder
James R. Kelly  More Info

About the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics:

Created by statutory authority in 1971, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics enforces the State's Uniform Controlled Substances Law. As the State's primary drug enforcement agency, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics accomplishes its mission by confiscating drugs and other contraband, and by arresting suspected drug violators for prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.


The goals of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics are to: Identify, target, and dismantle Drug Trafficking organizations responsible for illicit drug traffic and abuse in Mississippi; Enforce the Mississippi uniform controlled substance laws efficiently and effectively; Provide oversight of intrastate drug task forces; Target major drug trafficking organizations, violent career offenders, clandestine drug manufacturers, and violators of prescription drug laws; Protect state borders by targeting intra and interstate drug trafficking; Broaden agency intelligence through information sharing with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; and, Participation in federal law enforcement task forces in order to ensure adequate and efficient use of agency resources.


The operations of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics include a staff of approximately 200 employees. These employees are strategically located throughout the state and is divided into four regions – Northern, Central, Southern and Coastal. A Major commands each region. Each District within the region is commanded by a Captain and staffed with agents and support staff.

In 1966, James R. Kelly served one tour of duty in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps. James Kelly received his BS degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1971, he joined the ranks of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics; becoming one of the organization's first agents. James Kelly retired from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics 1995.  He is the author of two books: Prescription for Murder and Casting Alpha: Amtracs in Vietnam.


Casting Alpha: Amtracs in Vietnam, “depicts the daily life of U.S. Marine Corps amtrac crewmen during the Vietnam War and the continuing anxiety, as a result of enemy land mines, referred to as the big wait.”  James Kelly served with A Company, 3rd Amtracs, 1966-67.

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