Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Javier Peña currently serves as the SAC of the Houston Field Division, where he oversees all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) operations for the Houston Division, which includes South and East Texas, encompassing 645 miles of the Texas/Mexico border, as well as 350 miles of the Gulf of Mexico coastline.
SAC Peña began his career in law enforcement with the Webb County Sheriff’s Office in 1977 as a Deputy Sheriff. Webb County is the area of Laredo, Texas. Following graduation from Texas A&I University with a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology, SAC Peña joined DEA as a Special Agent assigned to the Austin Resident Office in 1984, where he worked for four years.
In 1988, SAC Peña volunteered for an assignment at the DEA office in Bogota, Colombia, and became the co-case agent in the investigation targeting Medellin Cartel leader Pablo Escobar. SAC Pena lived and worked in Colombia until 1994. During that time, he was the main liaison between the DEA and the Anti-Narcotics Police in Medellin.
In 1994, Special Agent Pena was promoted to the position of Group Supervisor and transferred to DEA’s San Juan, Puerto Rico office, where he supervised a number of DEA Agents and deputized Task Force Officers involved in complex investigations targeting local drug organizations. SAC Peña served in this capacity until his transfer to the Special Operations Division in 1997, where his duties included oversight and coordination of sensitive multi-jurisdictional investigations.
In 1999, SAC Peña was promoted once more and returned to Colombia as the Assistant Country Attaché (ACA) of the DEA Bogota Country Office, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of all criminal investigations conducted by the DEA in Colombia. In 2001, SAC Peña ended his second tour of duty in Colombia and was selected as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio District Office, where he oversaw DEA operations in San Antonio, Austin and Waco, Texas.
In 2004, SAC Peña was appointed to DEA’s Senior Executive Service as the Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Division, where he was responsible for all DEA operations in Northern California, from Bakersfield in the South to the border with Oregon in the North. In August 2008, SAC Peña was designated as the Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division by then DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. In August 2011, SAC Peña was selected to serve in his current position of Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division.