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A select group of men and women serve DEA as Special Agents. They come from a variety of backgrounds and play a vital and exclusive role in combating the critical problems of drug trafficking by taking on exciting and significant challenges. Their activities include conducting complex criminal investigations, working undercover, carrying out financial investigations, collecting vital intelligence and preparing evidence, arresting violators and confiscating illegal drugs, testifying in court and more. They meet these responsibilities by applying a vast range of individual talents and specialized training, knowledge and skills.

You can help us execute our tough but vital mission by:

  • Investigating and preparing for the prosecution of major violators of controlled substance laws operating at interstate and international levels.
  • Investigating and preparing for the prosecution of criminals and drug gangs perpetrating violence in our communities.
  • Managing a national drug intelligence program in cooperation with federal, state, local and foreign officials in order to collect, analyze and disseminate strategic and operational drug intelligence information.
  • Seizing and forfeiting assets derived from, traceable to, or intended to be used for illicit drug trafficking.
  • Enforcing the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act pertaining to the manufacture, distribution and dispensing of legally produced controlled substances.
  • Coordinating and cooperating with federal, state and local law enforcement officials on mutual drug enforcement efforts and the enhancement of those efforts.
  • Coordinating and cooperating with federal, state and local agencies, as well as foreign governments, in programs designed to reduce the availability of illicit abuse-type drugs on the US market through non-enforcement methods (crop eradication/substitution, training of foreign officials).
  • Managing, under the policy guidance of the Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassadors, all programs associated with drug law enforcement counterparts in foreign countries.
  • Working with our international partners on matters relating to drug trafficking issues around the world.

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If you have the dedication, skills, knowledge and desire to become part of the most professional drug law enforcement organization in the world, click Before You Apply to find out more.