He also asks to stop calling them
The US Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a call for tenders to find a supplier who can burn cannabis in the service of police raids. They did not expect to be overwhelmed by phone calls from citizens who volunteered to do the work for them.
The DEA, the federal agency for the fight against drug addiction in the United States, has published a slightly unusual auction on the US government's official website.
Incineration service provider
"Houston, Texas's DEA division needs a provider to provide evidence-destruction services, including large quantities of marijuana and other drugs," the statement said.
The document on the needs of the entrepreneur indicates that he must "be able to burn at least 450 kilos of cannabis per hour without leaving any traces of drugs".
The DEA will also provide armed security guards to accompany the fire, each step being filmed with closed-loop cameras.
The ad became viral on the net and attracted comments from Cannabis fans who joked that they wanted to volunteer for the job.
The bidding was of course intended for businesses, not for individuals, but misleading publications on the subject led to a wave of interested calls flooding the phone lines of the DEA offices in Houston.
"A number of deceptive publications claimed that we were looking for Houston residents to burn marijuana for us and caused an influx of calls from citizens," the agency's Twitter page said. "Advertising was for large organizations, not individuals," they added.
Last night, the situation got so bad that the DEA was forced to make a statement asking people not to call them anymore.
In a statement to the media, the DEA added that it "appreciates the fact that the citizens of Houston are ready to offer their help", but this is a government tender for large companies that are held by law to republish every few years.
What does the tender call for the DEA
The DEA intends to issue a single fixed price purchase order in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13. It is expected to be a sole source contract for Tucson Iron & Metal. The offer will be defined for the destruction by incineration of evidence located in the following cities of the State of Texas: McAllen, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo and Eagle Pass. Research has shown that there is only one vendor near the McAllen, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo and Eagle Pass district and resident offices that can provide the services needed for this requirement. The applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is 562213, "Solid Waste Combusers and Incinerators". Interested parties may indicate their interest and ability to meet the requirement. Statements of capabilities must be submitted electronically to [Email protected] no later than March 25 2019 at 10 h, closing date. The government's decision not to open the competition requirement based on the responses to this notice is at its sole discretion. This Notice of Intent does not constitute a competitive solicitation. A price request (RFQ) will not be available. Late submissions will not be accepted.
"It may be an interesting title, but the truth is far more commonplace: our Houston department officers work on a large number of cases and confiscate huge amounts of illicit drugs. Regulating the effective and safe destruction of these drugs is only part of our job, "they wrote.