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DEA Survivors Benefit Fund

Federal Narcotics Inspector Louis L. Marks of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Prohibition Service, Department of Treasury died of internal injuries in a bus accident near Monroe, Georgia, on October 24, 1924. Inspector Marks was en route to Athens, Georgia, on official business when the accident occurred. He was 45 years of age at the time of his death. Inspector Marks was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Law degree and was employed by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a reporter for three years. Inspector Marks took the oath of office on July 18, 1921, in Tampa, Florida, served in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Division and on May 15, 1922, was assigned to Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving a promotion in March 1924, his supervisor remarked that he was “a good buyer, makes an excellent witness, has good knowledge of the law and regulations, and writes a very good report.” In July 1924, Inspector Marks was ordered to Washington, D.C. by L.G. Nutt, Head of the Narcotics Division for a special assignment lasting several weeks. Inspector Marks traveled widely either in an official capacity or privately. Inspector Marks was survived by his wife of just over a year, Jessie Setzer, of Statesville, North Carolina; two sisters Lillian Marks Harteveld and Edna Marks Shackelford; and a brother, Henry A. Marks.

The Survivors Benefit Fund is not part of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) but, instead, is a private 501(c)(3) organization that supports the families of DEA agents, employees, and task force officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty. Neither the DOJ nor DEA approves, endorses, or authorizes the Survivors Benefit Fund, its materials, or its fundraising efforts.