The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) is an independent component of the U.S. Department of Justice. Established in 1982, OCDETF is the centerpiece of the Attorney General’s strategy to combat transnational-organized-crime and to reduce the availability of illicit narcotics in the nation by using a prosecutor-led, multi-agency approach to enforcement. OCDETF leverages the resources and expertise of its partners in concentrated, coordinated, long-term enterprise investigations of transnational organized crime, money laundering, and major drug trafficking networks.
Since the creation of the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center (IOC-2) within OCDETF in 2009, followed by OCDETF’s inclusion in the President’s Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime in 2011, and subsequent specific direction in Presidential Executive Order 13773 (2017), OCDETF’s mission expanded to include multi-agency investigation and coordination of all forms of transnational organized crime.
OCDETF is the largest anti-crime task force in the country. Led by an Executive Office and accountable for over 500 federal prosecutors, 1,200 federal agents, and some 5,000 state/local police, OCDETF implements a nationwide strategy combining priority targeting, coordination, intelligence sharing, and directed resourcing to have the greatest impact disrupting and dismantling command and control elements of criminal organizations.