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Drug Enforcement Administration


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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a United States federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States. The DEA is the lead agency for domestic enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, sharing concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It has sole responsibility for coordinating and pursuing US drug investigations both domestic and abroad.
  • History and mandate 

  • Organization 

  • Structure 

  • Special agents 

  • Aviation Division 

  • Special Response Teams 

  • Budget 

  • Firearms 

  • Impact on the drug trade 

  • Registration and licensing 

  • Diversion control system 

  • Fentanyl overdose crisis 

  • MDMA DEA scheduling overturn 

  • Rank structure 

  • Criticism 

  • Civil liberties 

  • Incarceration of Daniel Chong 

  • Department of Justice Smart on Crime Program 

  • International 

  • Special Operations Division fabricated evidence trails 

  • Cannabis rescheduling 

  • Raids on medical marijuana dispensaries 

  • Project Cassandra