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The responsibilities of the Drug Enforcement Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, can make arrests in drug-related cases, but they do a lot more than just conduct raids and bring people in for questioning.

Below are a few of their many areas of focus:

  • Working at the local, state and national level to run a drug intelligence program.
  • Coordinating these efforts with officers from other agencies at all three levels.
  • Working to enforce treaties and laws, like the Combat MethamphetamineEpidemic Act and the Controlled Substances Act.
  • Working with international organizations like Interpol and the United Nations to create and enforce drug laws that span borders.
  • Taking steps to cut back on the amount of illegal drugs that are available within the country; this includes things like destroying crops.
  • Trying to stop drug abuse through educational programs. This work is in keeping with the Demand Reduction Program.
  • Keeping and updating a list of drug offenders, known as the DEA's Most Wanted Fugitives list.
  • Monitoring pharmaceutical drugs that are legally manufactured, trying to prevent illegal use and the movement of these legal drugs into illegal markets.
  • Providing help for witnesses and victims when drug crimes are committed. To do this, the DEA uses the Victim-Witness Assistance Program, which is also known as VWAP.

As you can see, the DEA has a wide range of influence, and you could come into contact with them in a variety of ways. If you do, it's always wise to remember what legal rights you have in Florida and how to protect those rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Overview," accessed Aug. 12, 2016

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