Michael DeLeon Promoted FBI Agent Phoenix Division

Michael DeLeon Promoted FBI Agent Phoenix Division
Press Releases Michael DeLeon Named Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division

Michael DeLeon Named Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division

Washington, D.C. March 23, 2016
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Michael DeLeon as the special agent in charge of the Phoenix Division. Mr. DeLeon most recently served in the National Clandestine Service, Counterintelligence Center as the chief of the Counterespionage Group at the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. DeLeon joined the FBI in 1999. He began his career in the Tampa Division’s Fort Myers Resident Agency, where he worked criminal, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence matters. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Mr. DeLeon served as the Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator for the Fort Myers Resident Agency. Mr. DeLeon has served as a unit chief in the Espionage Section of the Counterintelligence Division, the senior supervisory resident special agent of the Greensboro Resident Agency-Charlotte Division, and the assistant special agent in charge in the Counterintelligence Branch of Washington Field Office. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. DeLeon served with the Delaware State Police. Mr. DeLeon will assume this new role in late April.


 

FBI special agent talks terrorism

(Source: KPHO)


 (Source: KPHO) The FBI needs your help to prevent terrorist attacks.

Michael Deleon took over as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Division in April. Deleon sat down with CBS 5’s Kris Pickel to discuss the agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

“Our primal goal is to prevent acts of terrorism,” says Deleon.

Each FBI field office across the country has its own JTTF.

Arizona’s task force, which is led by the FBI, consists of members from more than 20 local, state, reservation and federal agencies.

The FBI’s website describes what the task force investigates:

“The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, or JTTFs, are our nation’s front line on terrorism: small cells of highly trained, locally based, passionately committed investigators, analysts, linguists, SWAT experts, and other specialists from dozens of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  When it comes to investigating terrorism, they do it all: chase down leads, gather evidence, make arrests, provide security for special events, conduct training, collect and share intelligence, and respond to threats and incidents at a moment’s notice.”

Terrorism is a growing threat around the country.  Several Arizona residents are tied to terrorism cases:

*Mahin Kahn is accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Tucson and Mesa.
*Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem  is the first American convicted of providing support to ISIS
*Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi were killed by police in Texas during an attack on a dawn Mohammed contest.
*Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal is charged with providing material support to ISIS helping a college student travel to Syria for military training.

Agent Deleon says to prevent terrorism, the FBI needs to work with the people of Arizona. Oftentimes, after an attack or crime, people report they saw something they thought was suspicious but didn’t tell anyone.

“As a community, we need to make sure we are communicating,” he says.

Tips can be reported to: TIPS.FBI.GOV

The public can also contact the Arizona Counter-Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC). They have a 24 hr phone number, website and app.

For more information on the Joint Terrorism Task Force visit: https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/terrorism.

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