Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

If you were charged in a drug trafficking crime such as Title 21 U.S.C. § 841 Possession With Intent To Distribute; or Title 21 U.S.C. § 846 Conspiracy to Distribute you were probably being investigated by the DEA.

Who Is The DEA

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a Federal Law Enforcement agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, whose mission is to enforce controlled substances laws of the U.S. The DEA investigates criminal organizations and its members involved in the growing, manufacture and distribution of controlled narcotic substances appearing in the U. S.

The DEA employs approximately 5500 Special Agents classified as Federal Law Enforcement officers pursuant 21 U.S.C. 878 and maintains 21 domestic field divisions with 227 field offices and 86 foreign offices in 62 countries.

DEA Powers of Enforcement

The Attorney General of the United States may prescribe special agents of the DEA to:

  • Carry firearms for the purpose of performing the duties;
  • Make arrests without warrant for offenses against the U.S. committed in his presence;
  • Obtain and execute search, arrest warrants, administrative warrants and subpoenas;
  • Make property seizures authorized by the Attorney General pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 878;
  • Perform such other law enforcement duties as the Attorney General may designate.

DEA Primary Responsibilities

  • Prosecution of major violators of controlled substance laws;
  • Investigate the illegal use and trafficking of narcotics;
  • Enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act;
  • Investigation and preparation for prosecution of criminals and drug gangs;
  • Management of a national drug intelligence program;
  • Seizure and forfeiture of assets derived from illicit drug trafficking.