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You have the power to combat drug trafficking.

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. DEA Special Agents investigate unlawful activities surrounding the trafficking of illegal drugs in the US. They enforce domestic laws and regulations. They arrest criminals who grow, manufacture and distribute these substances worldwide. And, they shut down their operations to bring them to justice.

Every day, the DEA faces new challenges that demand the abilities of diverse individuals skilled in a variety of areas to collect and analyze information, collaborate with local, national and international agencies, and prosecute major violators. Special Agents rely on their own specialized training and unique talents language skills, specialized university degrees and cultural heritage to enhance DEA's ability to apprehend the leaders of the world's most powerful and violent drug organizations.

Since July 2003, Karen P. Tandy has served as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, following her nomination by President George W. Bush. In her former position as Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), Ms. Tandy provided oversight of the DEA and the National Drug Intelligence Center, and held responsibility for developing national drug enforcement policy and strategies. And, she believes that the young women and men of the DEA have many exciting opportunities available to them.

"We need talented special agents, intelligence analysts, chemist, attorneys and accountants from all backgrounds to put the world’s most notorious drug traffickers out of business. It is an intensely rewarding job, one that you leave every day knowing that what you did made our country safer and kept drugs out of the hands of young people." Karen P. Tandy

Michele Leonhart was confirmed as the Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration by the U.S. Senate in March 2004, following her nomination by President George W. Bush. After graduating from college with a degree in criminal justice, Ms. Leonhart pursued a career as a police officer with the Baltimore Police Department. Her interest in a career in federal narcotics law enforcement led her to the Drug Enforcement Administration where she became a DEA Special Agent. She considers her 25-year tenure at the DEA the best career decision she ever made.

DEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

U.S. Department of Justice
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