Special Agent in Charge (SAC) - Matthew Donahue
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) - Pedro J. Janer
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) - Israel Alicea
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) - James N. Doby
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) - Michael A. Cole
Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Matthew G. Donahue graduated from West Chester University, Pennsylvania with a BA in Criminal Justice and Political Science in 1989. He entered on duty with DEA in March 1991 as a graduate of Basic Agent Class 79. After training, Special Agent (SA) Donahue reported to the Philadelphia Field Division and was assigned to the cocaine/crack investigative group and later to the Mobile Enforcement Team (MET). In 1999, SA Donahue was transferred to the Barranquilla, Colombia Country Office. In 2001 SA Donahue was relocated to establish DEA’s new office in Cartagena, Colombia. In Nov. 2002, SA Donahue was promoted to Group Supervisor (GS) to the Bogotá Country Office. In May 2005, GS Donahue was transferred to the New York Field Division’s newly formed Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force. In May 2008, GS Donahue was transferred to DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD) to serve as a Staff Coordinator to direct and oversee DEA operations in the Caribbean and South America. In January 2010, GS Donahue was transferred to the Bogotá Country Office to serve as the SOD Staff Coordinator Liaison to the Andean Region. In June 2012, GS Donahue was promoted to the Assistant Regional Director for the Bogotá Country Office. In December 2015, Donahue was selected as the Caribbean Division Special Agent in Charge; he will officially report to the Division Office in June, 2016.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Pedro J. Janer was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He holds a BBA from Universidad Del Turabo in Gurabo, PR and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. He was a 1983 ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Puerto Rico and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served with 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC, and specialized in Military Intelligence and Logistics in support of Special Operations. He traveled extensively throughout Latin America, achieved the rank of Captain and commanded a support detachment. In 1989, he became a private investigator, specializing in undercover operations, executive protection and surveillance. In 1990, he began his career with DEA in Hartford, CT.
In 1990, ASAC Janer was assigned to the Miami Division where he performed as lead undercover agent in a myriad of domestic and international investigations. In 1991, he was reassigned to the Miami HIDTA Task Force, where he supervised Title-III communication intercepts of Colombian Drug Cartels. His most significant T-III investigation resulted in the seizure of 2,641 kilograms of cocaine, five million dollars in assets, 26 arrests, and the total dismantling of Colombian drug cells in five major cities.
In 1995, ASAC Janer served as DEA Basic Agent Class Counselor, and later became a founding member of the Miami Division Mobile Enforcement Team. He served with the Florida Army National Guard, achieved the rank of Major, graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, and successfully commanded two units, at the company and field grade levels.
In 1995, ASAC Janer subsequently served at the Caribbean Division in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he performed as Recruitment, Training and Drug Demand Reduction Coordinator, Public Information Officer, and Back-Up Enforcement Group Supervisor. He made regular guest appearances at highly rated public awareness television and radio programs.
In 1998, ASAC Janer served as the founding Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA Trinidad, Bolivia Resident Office. He directed major investigations and drug suppression operations, and provided advice, assistance and training to Bolivian Law Enforcement and Military authorities.
In 1999, ASAC Janer served as Group Supervisor at the Dallas Division. He supervised a major task force responsible for investigations and interdiction operations at the D/FW International Airport, surrounding highways, train, and bus stations. He was a recurring law enforcement guest at Univision Channel-23 TVin Dallas and hosted an episode of “Crime Stoppers.”
In 2002, ASAC Janer served as Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA Merida, Mexico Resident Office. He managed major investigations and operations targeting Mexican Drug Cartels operating in the Yucatan Peninsula. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and commanded a Military Intelligence Battalion in the Florida Army National Guard. He graduated from the National Security Course, Defense Strategy Course, Military Intelligence Pre-Command Course and Joint Operations Course.
In 2005, ASAC Janer served as an Inspector with the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in Plantation, FL, where he conducted investigations on allegations of criminal activity or misconduct affecting the integrity and security programs of DEA. In 2006, A-SAC Janer was selected as a Latin America Foreign Area Officer (FAO), assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Directorate for Human Intelligence (DH), Joint Reserve Unit (JRU) and completed the Reserve Attaché Course. In 2008, A-SAC Janer was designated a DEA National Security Professional and completed the DOD Strategic Debriefing Course.
In January 2009, ASAC Janer was promoted to GS-15 at the Caribbean Division, where he managed the division’s enforcement and task force elements, the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force and the Diversion of Controlled Pharmaceuticals Program. ASAC Janer has been the recipient of several performance, achievement, international and military awards. His last military assignment was as Regional Deputy Director, DIA DH-JRU-South (Miami).
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Israel Alicea was born in Patillas, Puerto Rico on August 01, 1963. ASAC Alicea graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey on June 6, 1985, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences. On June 10, 1985, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army after graduating from the Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) as a Distinguished Military Graduate and Distinguished Military Student. He served honorably on active duty as a military intelligence officer in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from June 10, 1985 to May 01, 1989. ASAC Alicea achieved the rank of Captain and was the recipient of several Army achievement and commendation awards. ASAC Alicea also worked as a correctional officer for the North Carolina Department of Corrections
ASAC Alicea joined the Drug Enforcement Administration on November 03, 1991, at the Greensboro Resident Office in North Carolina. He attended Basic Agent Training class # 87 from November 12, 1991, to February 14, 1992. From May 1992, to February 1995, he was assigned to the Miami Field Division. On February 5, 1995, he reported to the Caribbean Division where he served until his reassignment to the Santo Domingo Country Office in August 1999. On June 16, 2002, he was promoted to Group Supervisor at the Caribbean Division. From June 2002, to August 2007, he supervised the Asset Removal Group, Task Force Group 1, Mobile Enforcement Team (MET), Money Laundering Group, and Enforcement Group 2, respectively. ASAC Alicea was also Acting ASAC from June 1, 2005, to October 1, 2005.
On August 19, 2007, ASAC Alicea was assigned to the Inspection Division as an Inspector in the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Southeast Field Office, Plantation, Florida. On August 28, 2009, ASAC Alicea was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Caribbean Division and reported for duty on December 20, 2009. ASAC Alicea currently directs the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Ponce Major Organizations Initiative and the Ponce Diversion Group and Tactical Diversion Squad.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) James Doby was born in Chicago, Illinois. ASAC Doby graduated from Chicago State University in May of 1988, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences. In September 1986, ASAC Doby became a police officer in the city of Chicago and served until November 1995. During his tenure with the police department, he served in the Gang Crimes Section, Mass Transit Division, and District Tactical Response. He earned numerous department commendations and honorable mentions for highly successful investigations.
ASAC Doby joined the Drug Enforcement Administration on November 27, 1995, at the Chicago Field Division. He attended Basic Agent Training class # 101 from December 1995 to April 1996, when he was assigned to the Detroit Division. While assigned at the Detroit Division, he worked on the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team, targeting organizations operating meth labs and acquiring illicit chemicals throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. He also served as the Division Recruitment Coordinator, and later as the Acting Chief of the Special Services Unit. He served in the Detroit Division until April 2004, when he was reassigned to the Bridgetown Country Office in Barbados, West Indies. While assigned to the Bridgetown Country Office, ASAC Doby worked closely with his West Indies law enforcement counterparts throughout the Eastern Caribbean Region, building highly successful cases and promoting capacity building with partner nations. In 2006, ASAC Doby was named Acting Country Attaché and served in that capacity until October 2006, when he was promoted to Resident Agent in Charge of the St. Thomas HIDTA Initiative. While working in the U.S. Virgin Islands, ASAC Doby built long lasting bilateral relationships with the British law enforcement community as well as productive relationships with territorial and U.S. law enforcement partners.
In November 2011, ASAC Doby was reassigned to DEA Headquarters, Operations Division, as a Staff Coordinator in the Mexico, Central America and Canada Section. There he worked closely with the inter-agency community on ONDCP counterdrug strategies affecting the southwest border and northern border regions. In May 2013, ASAC Doby was promoted to GS-15, Section Chief of the unit. In June 2014, ASAC Doby was reassigned to his current position as Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Caribbean Division. He has direct oversight of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force Initiative, three HIDTA Initiatives in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and counterdrug operations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Curacao, NA.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Michael A. Cole was born in Washington DC and raised in New York. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree from St. John’s University in 1984 with a major in Finance and a minor in Philosophy. He obtained a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from St. John’s University in 1990 with a major in Economics and a minor in Finance. ASAC Cole is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Prior to his employment with DEA, he was a Securities and Exchange registered Stock and Options Trader. He was employed for over eight years (1984 to 1992), in advancing capacities, for the Investment Firms: Morgan Stanley & Company, Shearson Lehman Brothers (Hutton), and First New York Securities Incorporated.
ASAC Cole entered on duty with DEA in March 1992 in the New York Division Office after attending DEA Basic Agent Training (BAT) Class 89.
ASAC Cole worked in the New York Division (06/1992-01/1998), where he supported Title III (TIII) investigations, and participated in numerous undercover and surveillance operations. As a Special Agent, he was assigned to a Title III wire room intercept team and later to an enforcement group specializing in heroin investigations. His most significant case was an initiated investigation that resulted in the arrest of five members of a crack cocaine distribution ring operating in a low income housing project.
The complexity and success of this investigation and background working in undercover and TIII cases led to ASAC Cole’s recruitment to transfer laterally to the Caribbean Division, San Juan Field Office (01/1998-11/2001). In this assignment, ASAC Cole most notably initiated a Title III investigation that resulted in the arrest of 23 members of a street level cocaine distribution organization, operating throughout San Juan.
ASAC Cole later transferred to the Port of Spain Country Office (11/2001-06/2004) as an Assistant Country Attaché. There he initiated two new enforcement programs and supported several existing programs to further build coalitions with foreign counterparts. He supported domestic operations with the combined support of foreign counterparts, and extended the impact of DEA resources bridging common missions. During this time ASAC Cole was directly involved in the extradition of two foreign nationals to the U.S. under a joint heroin airport trafficking investigation with the New York Division.
ASAC Cole was then promoted to a Group Supervisor and transferred to the Caribbean Division, San Juan Field Office (06/2004-08/2009). As a group supervisor, he oversaw the initiation and led the Division’s first Financial Investigations Team (FIT), under Administrator Tandy’s 2004 Financial Investigations Directive. Under this directive, the ARG/FIT initiated and successfully brought forward to prosecution in Puerto Rico a historical financial investigation that resulted in the arrest of three individuals and the seizure of over $15 million in real estate properties (proceeds) of narcotics trafficking. This complex financial investigation identified, seized, and later forfeited the properties located in Long Island, New York; Boulder, Colorado; Miramar, Florida; and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
In 2009, ASAC Cole transferred to DEA HQS Office of Financial Operations (08/2009-01/2013). As a staff coordinator he bridged relations between the field, HQS SOD, HQS FO, and OFAC’s liaison officer in furtherance of AGEO cases. He audited and reviewed SARC and AGEO proposals and cases. He was instrumental in developing the current inspection and audit practices in FO. In 2012 he participated in a multiple agency working group that contributed to the 2013 Office of the President of the United States of America, White House Paper on Transnational Organized Crime.
In 2013, ASAC Cole transferred again to the Caribbean Division, San Juan Field Office (01/2013-present). In December 2014, he was selected by the Career Board for promotion to his current position as Caribbean Division ASAC. He currently oversees the management of the Administrative Support Unit (ASU), Special Support Unit (SSU), Asset Forfeiture & Financial Investigations (ARG/FIT), and Technical Operations Group (TOG).
ASAC Cole also served as the Caribbean Division, Acting Diversion Program Manager (DPM), and the Diversion Enforcement Program Supervisor in FY 2009. He initiated and developed the Tactical Diversion Squad in FY 2009 under the Diversion Control fee funded program.ASAC Cole has been the recipient of several performance, achievement, and recognition awards during his DEA tenure. ASAC Cole is a contributor to the ACFE as a subject matter expert in money laundering, financial investigations; and asset forfeiture and recovery.
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