New FBI Chief

El Paso – The FBI has appointed a new chief for its El Paso division.

The bureau announced Monday that Mark A. Morgan will be the special agent in charge of the El Paso division. He succeeds David Cuthbertson, who had filled the post since December 2007.

Morgan has been a special agent since 1996. In 2005 he became supervisor of an FBI-led Hispanic Gang Task Force that focused on the emerging presence of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and 18th Street's growing presence in Southern California. International gangs with links to Mexican drug cartels have a presence in El Paso.

Morgan served in 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was responsible for all FBI personnel deployed to Iraq under the auspices of the Counterterrorism Division.

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