Vol 56 No. 11 | Sept. 2004
Criminal Justice Receives $25,000 From DEA
The Department of Criminal Justice recently received a $25,000 contribution from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Survivor Benefit Fund in support of its George Montoya Scholarship. Montoya, a criminal justice major and a 1976 graduate from CSULB, was killed on Feb. 5, 1988, during a DEA undercover operation in Los Angeles. The scholarship is used to provide scholarships for criminal justice students and programs within the department. Last year the Department of Criminal Justice received $10,000 from the same organization.
“The Criminal Justice Department is very honored to receive this contribution from the DEA,” said department chair Sam Torres. “It’s a nice way to acknowledge agent Montoya and his family and at the same time assist students in the field he loved.”
Montoya was 34 years of age at the time of his death. Special Agent Paul S. Seema was also shot during the same incident and died the following day.
Montoya joined the Immigration and Naturalization Service in January 1979 and worked as a border patrol agent in Campo until August 1983 when he became a criminal investigator in Los Angeles.
He became a special agent with DEA in September 1987 and was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Division. Although he had been in the division just a short period of time, he had a reputation as a keen and thorough investigator. In 1988, Montoya was posthumously awarded the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association's Medal of Valor. He is survived by his parents, John and Margie Montoya.
Each year, proceeds from the Paul Seema-George Montoya Golf Tournament are donated to an education fund for Special Agent Seema's children and the scholarship fund in Montoya’s name at CSULB.
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