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Special Agent Juan C. Vars | United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government

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Juan C. Vars

United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, August 27, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

Location: Overseas

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Special Agent Juan Vars was killed in an aircraft accident shortly after taking off from a runway in the jungles of Peru. Four other agents were also killed.

The agents were participating in Operation Snowcap, to provided support to Peruvian and Bolivian law enforcement personnel. They had taken off from a small runway in the Upper Huallaga River Valley, 15 miles west of Santa Lucia, to conduct a surveillance flight when the plane crashed. The wreckage was located the following day, but rescuers were not able to reach the site until the next day.

Special Agent Vars had served with the Drug Enforcement Administration for seven years. He was survived by his fiancé and parents.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I am sure this was also one of the saddest days in DEA history.

Phyllis Loya

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August 27, 2009

 

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