Special Agent in Charge
Craig M. Wiles
Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Craig M. Wiles began his Law Enforcement career in 1981 with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in south Florida. SAC Wiles enjoyed an array of assignments to include 10 years as a Squad Leader on the SWAT team and as a homicide Sergeant supervising five homicide Detectives.
In 1995, SAC Wiles was hired by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), reporting to Los Angeles, California, where he initiated and directed several complex conspiracy investigations targeting high level cocaine traffickers supplying southern California. These investigations yielded numerous convictions for violations of drug trafficking statutes and several individuals were convicted for operating a Continuing Criminal Enterprise.
Between 1996 and 2009, SAC Wiles’ duty assignments included postings at Ft. Pierce, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; and Detroit, Michigan. These duties provided for an array of experience, oversight, and responsibility in areas which included working with Task Force Officers to target violent drug traffickers; working closely with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to investigate high level international drug traffickers supplying the United States with cocaine and marijuana; directing the enforcement and operational activities of Special Agents and Task Force Officers assigned to Enforcement Task Force Groups; and participating in plans to expand DEA operations in Afghanistan.
In 2009, SAC Wiles was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division, with oversight and responsibility for several Enforcement Groups in the city, as well as the DEA Offices located throughout the State of Michigan.
In 2011, SAC Wiles was assigned to the Southwest Asia Region in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Assistant Regional Director. In August 2013, SAC Wiles was promoted to the Senior Executive Service, as the Regional Director for Afghanistan/Pakistan. His duties included managing DEA’s enforcement and intelligence operations in an effort to develop effective law enforcement measures to control the steady stream of heroin. Counter-narcotics is at the forefront for stabilizing Afghanistan and the region, many terrorist and insurgent groups attacking United States and coalition troops are financed through the drug trade. After four and one-half years in a war zone environment, SAC Wiles reported as the Special Agent in Charge for the Dallas Field Division on August 9, 2015.
SAC Wiles remains focused on operations to reduce the supply of illegal drugs to the United States and diminish the violence and other criminal activity associated with the drug trade, through focused intelligence-driven investigations and prosecutions, which capitalize on the combined resources and expertise of its federal, state, and local partnerships across the country. The continued ongoing drug threat of prescription opiates is disturbing, particularly by teens and young adults, this use can easily lead to heroin abuse. SAC Wiles welcomes increased education and public awareness, it is essential that we make every effort to educate the public on the relationship between prescription drug abuse and its transition to heroin. A close partnership with schools, coalitions, and community leaders is critical in order to fight this drug threat.
In 1996, while on temporary security detail, SAC Wiles was awarded the first DEA Purple Heart for his injuries sustained when a pipe bomb exploded during the International Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
SAC Wiles has been awarded the DEA Administrator’s Award as well as commendations from United States Attorneys for his distinguished service.
SAC Wiles holds a B.A degree from Barry University, Miami, Florida, and a M.A. degree from Troy University, Dothan, Alabama. SAC Wiles has over 34 years of law enforcement experience; with over 20 years in the DEA and 13 years as a deputy sheriff. SAC Wiles has been married for 25 years and has a daughter and a son. SAC Wiles is active in the outdoors, boating, jogging, hiking, and scuba diving.