John J. Arvanitis was selected as the Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division on August 1, 2012. In this capacity, Special Agent in Charge Arvanitis directs all operations throughout the six New England States which encompass the New England Field Division: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Prior to becoming Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division, Special Agent in Charge Arvanitis held several positions within DEA’s Senior Executive Service. Special Agent in Charge Arvanitis served as the Chief of Financial Operations, Operations Division, within DEA Headquarters from 2008 through 2012. In that capacity, he was responsible for directing, overseeing and augmenting DEA’s global financial objectives and strategies as they relate to all criminal investigations targeting Drug Trafficking Organizations operating worldwide. He previously held the position of Associate Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Field Division, from 2007 through 2008, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Field Division, from 2003 through 2007.
SAC Arvanitis held the position of Staff Coordinator at the Special Operations Division, Mexican Section from 2000 through 2003. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating multi-jurisdictional investigations targeting major Mexican Cartels, responsible for the importation and distribution of cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine, as well as the laundering of illicit proceeds generated from narcotics trafficking.
In the Atlanta Field Division, SAC Arvanitis held the position of Group Supervisor from 1997 through 2000. In that capacity, he was responsible for the daily operations of an enforcement group – managing and guiding subordinates during drug enforcement operations. Prior to that, SAC Arvanitis initiated many complex international cocaine trafficking investigations targeting the Cali and Medellin Cartels as a Special Agent assigned to the Miami Field Division from 1987 through 1997.
SAC Arvanitis has been a law enforcement leader throughout his 26 year career with DEA. SAC Arvanitis graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1987.