Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Definition - What does Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) mean?

The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, is the government agency tasked with controlling the drug trade in the US, investigating dealers and smugglers, and more. The agency takes the lead in America’s War on Drugs.

The DEA was founded by US President Richard Nixon in July 1973. It is headquartered in Springfield, Virginia.

In addition to working with local, state, and federal authorities, the Drug Enforcement Administration has also been given the right to investigate suspected drug traffickers outside of the US, and to work with international agencies and governments in an effort to slow the influx of drugs into the United States and other nations.

Hydrolife explains Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

The Drug Enforcement Administration is a branch of the US Justice Department, and is the government agency responsible for controlling the spread of drugs within the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has many responsibilities and duties. These include tracking and identifying smugglers, and seizing drug cargoes as they cross the border into the US. The DEA is also responsible for identifying the members of drug trafficking rings, and for arresting these individuals.

While the DEA has had some significant successes, it has also seen some dramatic failures. Many of these have centered around cannabis. For instance, the DEA spent more $70,000 in 2014 to investigate marijuana growth in the state of Utah. Not one plant was found.

In fact, the organization routinely spends $14 million annually in its quest to eradicate marijuana from the US completely, although it routinely fails to discover any growing operations or plants. Congress is currently debating re-tasking the $14 million marijuana control budget for other purposes due to this failure.

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