Essay on The Drug Enforcement Administration

2607 WordsOct 19, 201011 Pages
Introduction Issue Identification The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a United States Department of Justice law enforcement agency. Their purposes in law enforcement is to stop the sale of illegal drugs, drug trafficking, investigate major crimes within the United States and internationally, and to secure and protect our communities from ever confronting drugs. DEA also cooperates with many major law enforcement agencies such as federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies to stop criminals from smuggling drugs in our neighborhoods and help the people from getting involved with drug substance. Other responsibilities include carrying out missions and responsibilities in investigating major crimes, and detain drug…show more content…
The DEA is the primary agency to enforce federal drug laws and follow up on drug investigations in foreign countries. The DEA mission is “to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States to those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances for illicit traffic in the United State” (Drug Enforcement Administration, n.d., ¶ 1). Some of the responsibilities under the DEA include investigating and preparing for prosecutions of offenders who operate in the U.S. and internationally. Drug offenders also include local gangs who carry out drug distribution in our communities. DEA manages a national drug intellect program in collaboration with local, state, federal, and foreign officials to gather and investigate distribution tactics. Throughout the years the DEA has done many operations in the United States and in foreign countries. During the 1960s drugs were becoming a serious problem in the United States. Drugs began to spread throughout the nation forcing the government to turn their focus on helping the prevention of this problem. The drug enforcement administration was fairly new in the early 1970s, but started right away in capturing many drug traffickers. On January of 1974, the DEA
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