Special Agent in Charge (SAC) - Vito S. Guarino
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) - Pedro J. Janer
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) - Sergio Luna
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) - Israel Alicea
Vito S. Guarino was born in Newark, NJ and graduated from Belleville High School in 1976. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education from William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey.
SAC Vito S. Guarino began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a Police Officer and Detective with the Essex County Police Department in Newark, New Jersey. In September 1985, he was hired by the Drug Enforcement Administration working as a Special Agent at the Miami Field Division. In 1993, he was assigned to the Bogotá Country Office, where he remained until he returned to the Miami Field Division in 1996. In 1997, SAC Guarino was promoted to Resident Agent in Charge of the Atlantic City RO. In 2001, he was selected as a Staff Coordinator at the DEA Headquarters and the following year he was promoted to the GS-14 level serving as the liaison to the ONDCP/White House. During his tenure, SAC Guarino provided oversight and guidance to the national HIDTA program managers and was also responsible for reviewing and assessing national drug threat issues and ensuring appropriate strategic initiatives were implemented. Later, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Office of Financial Operations and was instrumental in helping establish DEA’s anti-money laundering program.
In October 2004, he was assigned to the Caribbean Division (CD)/San Juan District Office as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge. As ASAC I, was responsible for Enforcement and Task Force Groups. In September 2006, he was reassigned to the Foreign Arena. In his role as ASAC II, he had responsibilities over seven country offices. In addition to providing direction and oversight, Mr. Guarino fostered strong relationships with foreign governments and foreign officials to further DEA’s efforts in the region. He led both domestic and international enforcement operations and investigations, developing strategies and initiatives to combat the flow of more than 300 metric tons of drugs transiting the Caribbean by traffickers who were exploiting the limited air and maritime capabilities of U.S. law enforcement and island nation counterparts.
From January 2008 through June 2009, SAC Guarino took on the duties of Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division, strengthening the division’s enforcement and intelligence programs. As such, SAC Guarino was responsible for enforcing the federal drug laws in the southernmost border of the US with both domestic and foreign enforcement responsibility covering the critical trafficking routes of the Eastern, Central and Western Caribbean. SAC Guarino restructured the enforcement groups to more effectively mitigate the dynamic, violent and complex drug threats affecting the region. SAC Guarino managed several hundred employees and millions of USD in budget and equipment.
From July 2009 unto the present SAC Guarino has been the Administrative ASAC at the Philadelphia Division. Upon reporting to the division, he analyzed the division’s financial investigative capabilities, developed a strategy, and executed a plan to enhance financial investigations. As he did in the Caribbean, Mr. Guarino provided outstanding leadership as the Philadelphia Division Acting SAC, expanding law enforcement liaison and community outreach.
SAC Guarino has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. His career has punctuated by innovation, precedent setting achievements and an aspiring leadership role building bridges among Law Enforcement, Intelligence Agencies and Diplomatic Corps of the United States and Foreign Nations.
On March 4, 2013, Michele Leonhart, Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, promoted Mr. Vito S. Guarino to the position of Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Caribbean Division.
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) Sergio Luna is the Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for the Caribbean Region since his arrival to the Caribbean Division in March of 2010. He oversees the operational management of seven Country Offices (Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname) and one domestic Enforcement Group (E2) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
From November of 2009 to his reassignment in March of 2010, ARD Luna was a Group Supervisor in the Strike Force of the Houston Division. The focus of his group, D-44, was to exclusively target the command and control elements of the Gulf and Zeta Cartels operating in northeastern Mexico with tentacles in the Houston metropolitan area.
From July of 2003 to November of 2009, ARD Luna was assigned to the North and Central America Region (NCAR) as a Group Supervisor where he managed the Sensitive Investigation Unit (SIU), the money laundering initiative, the methamphetamine initiative and a plethora of programs. His Enforcement Group mounted major investigations against the Arturo BELTRAN-Leyva (ABL), La Familia Michoacan and Vicente ZAMBADA-Garcia (VZG) Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO). During his tenor at the NCAR, ARD Luna’s Enforcement Group was nominated and awarded the Administrator’s Award for their work on the ABL and VZG DTOs that exposed the DTOs infiltration of DTO operatives into the highest levels of Government of Mexico.
From July of 2001 to July of 2003, ARD Luna was assigned to the Office of Foreign Operation at DEA Headquarters where he was the Unit Chief of the Foreign Personnel Support Unit. ARD Luna managed a staff of 12 employees who were responsible for providing the administrative and logistical needs of approximately 720 foreign based employees. ARD Luna managed a three million dollar budget; assured that foreign vacancies were advertised in a timely manner; that Foreign Language Training and Foreign Administrative Training were provided; that medical clearances were coordinated with the DEA Health Unit and the Department of State; that official and diplomatic passports and visas were obtained; that the issuance of Transfer Control Numbers (TCNs) were coordinated in a timely manner with the Career Board; that Permanent Change of Stations were coordinated with the Transportation and Relocation Unit; and, that foreign based employees with personal problems had the proper assistance and assuring that they understood the availability of the Employee Assistance Program.
From May of 1998 to July of 2001, ARD Luna was assigned as a Group Supervisor at the Las Cruces Resident Office (LCRO) of the El Paso Division. At the LCRO, ARD Luna enhanced the working relationship and promoted mutual cooperation with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in Southern New Mexico. ARD Luna was responsible for structuring the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team (CLET) at the LCRO and helping the New Mexico State Police and HIDTA create and establish their own CLET, targeting the methamphetamine epidemic engulfing the State of New Mexico.
From November of 1992 to May of 1998, ARD Luna was assigned to the Guatemala City Country Office as a Special Agent where he mentored, trained and directed a Task Force made up of Guatemalan National Police Officers and Guardia de Hacienda (Treasury) Agents. ARD Luna mounted and directed operations targeting the command and control elements of the Byron BERGANZA DTO and his Colombian associates.
From November of 1992 to July of 1989, ARD Luna was assigned to the Chicago Division as a Special Agent. In Chicago, Illinois, ARD Luna initiated and led investigations targeting the command and control elements directing drug trafficking operations for Miguel and Gilberto RODRIGUEZ-Orejuela and Francisco Jaime HERRERA-Nevarez in the Chicago Metropolitan area.
ARD Luna is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science. ARD Luna began his law enforcement career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois in 1985. He was initially assigned to the Patrol Division for one year and was then promoted to detective in the Criminal Investigative Division. He was subsequently detailed to the Metropolitan Enforcement Group, a state funded Drug Enforcement Task Force.
ARD Luna is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is married to Gwen E. Luna and has two sons, Daniel August and Sergio Dane.
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.
Acting Special Agent in Charge