Omar A. Alemán was born and reared in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1956 through Key West Florida, where he graduated from high school.
He attended Florida State University on an athletic scholarship where he subsequently received a bachelor's degree in criminology. Mr. Alemán earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Florida International University in 1992.
He joined the United States Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, predecessor to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in 1970 at Miami, Florida. Mr. Alemán served tours of duty in Venezuela, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas before returning to South Florida in 1983 and retiring from DEA in 2003.
Mr. Alemán was assigned a myriad of duties during his 32-year tenure as a Special Agent with DEA. They included: Assistant Country Attache, Intelligence Officer, Public Information Officer, Recruiter, Drug Eradication Specialist, Translator, Chief Divisional Training Coordinator, Wiretap Investigation Supervisor, Demand Reduction Coordinator, and Physical Fitness Coordinator in addition to his criminal investigative work.
He coordinated joint drug prevention programs with the major professional sports leagues as well as with the NCAA.
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