Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force
The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)
specializes in the investigation and prosecution of drug trafficking
and money laundering criminal conspiracies. This section performs
both legal and investigative functions, including assisting federal,
state and local law enforcement agents during the course of investigations,
conducting grand jury investigations, and preparing applications
for and supervising court-ordered electronic surveillance (including
wiretaps). These investigations target the most serious domestic
and international drug trafficking organizations in the region.
The primary objective of the OCDETF program is to
target, investigate and prosecute individuals who organize, direct,
finance or otherwise engage in illegal drug trafficking enterprises,
including large-scale money laundering organizations. The agencies
participating in OCDETF are the FBI, DEA, IRS, ATF, INS, Bureau of Immigration and
Customs Enforcement, United
States Coast Guard, United
States Marshals Service and the Department
of Homeland Security, legacy Customs, INS, and Border Patrol.
OCDETF is a national program consisting of nine regions,
which operates across federal, state and national boundaries. The
various federal agencies within OCDETF work through their respective
coordinators and arrive at decisions by consensus. The United States
Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas is a member
district of the Southwest Border Region, which covers Southern California,
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.
Numerous law enforcement agencies participate in the
investigation of OCDETF cases. You may also report a crime to the
Allegations about crimes in this section should be made first to
the investigatory agencies at the web site links above or to a local
police department if there is an immediate threat to public safety.