An Important Mission
Enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States of America. Bringing to justice organizations - including those with ties to terrorism - and their principal members, who are involved in the growing, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances. Supporting the diligent efforts of the Special Agents who play an essential and exclusive role in contributing to our nation's war on drugs and terrorism. Working to dismantle drug trafficking organizations, prosecute drug traffickers and destroy the financial infrastructure of these organizations. As the government's premier federal drug law enforcement agency, this is the mission and objective of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). A mission like no other.
An Enduring Tradition
The seeds of our history were planted in 1915 when the first U.S. anti-drug laws were enacted. By the end of the 1960s, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) had evolved to spearhead the government's anti-drug efforts. Since 1973, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has continued to carry out our mission through the professional efforts of over 5,000 Special Agents working throughout America and in countries around the world. Together, they target the most notorious drug traffickers and dismantle their worldwide networks.
DEA applies our combined resources with the efforts of our fellow law enforcement partners by aggressively attacking drug trafficking organizations at home and abroad. Our Special Agents are on the cutting edge of criminal investigations as they utilize innovative tools to identify and immobilize traffickers, and seize and dismantle the financial assets from drug trafficking. DEA's greatest weapon against criminals is our diverse workforce.