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Acting Administrator
Drug Enforcement Administration

DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson

Robert W. Patterson was appointed as Acting Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on October 2, 2017. As the Acting Administrator, Mr. Patterson is responsible for administering the enforcement of the Federal narcotics and dangerous drug laws of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and the execution of all functions assigned to the DEA by the Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973. Acting Administrator Patterson serves as the Principal Advisor to the Attorney General on international drug control policy and related operations of the United States. He is the highest ranking career Special Agent at DEA.

Mr. Patterson had previously served as DEA’s Principal Deputy Administrator since November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all of DEA’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide.

From November 2015 to November 2016, Mr. Patterson served as DEA’s Chief Inspector, where he oversaw the Inspection Division, comprised of the Office of Inspections, the Office of Security Programs, and the Office of Professional Responsibility. Collectively, these offices comprise DEA’s internal affairs, compliance, and security programs and provide guidance and support to DEA Headquarters and Field Offices.

Mr. Patterson has also served in a variety other positions within DEA, including Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), and later Acting Special Agent in Charge, of the Special Operations Division (SOD), where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools, in support of field operations; and as a Group Supervisor in the Miami Division, where he led the operations of the Orlando District Office Task Force, and later served as acting ASAC.

Mr. Patterson began his career with DEA in 1988 in the New York Division, where he worked numerous RICO investigations. Mr. Patterson was also part of a special program established to combat the growing opioid epidemic and associated violence in the greater New York area.

Mr. Patterson is a native of New Jersey, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, where he graduated with honors. Over his nearly 30 years with DEA, Mr. Patterson has gained a reputation as an expert on transnational criminal networks, narcotics trafficking and trends, as well as governing policy and agency oversight matters.

Principal Deputy Administrator
Drug Enforcement Administration

Principal Deputy Administrator Preston Grubbs

Preston L. Grubbs is in his 35th year with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). On October 2, 2017, Mr. Grubbs was elevated to Principal Deputy Administrator. As Principal Deputy Administrator, Mr. Grubbs is responsible for all administrative, intelligence, regulatory, compliance and enforcement functions in DEA. Mr. Grubbs will continue to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Operational Support Division. He has served in this position since April 2009. In this capacity, Mr. Grubbs is the agency’s Chief Information Officer. As the Assistant Administrator for the Operational Support Division, Mr. Grubbs has oversight responsibilities for DEA’s Office of Information Systems, Office of Administration, Office of Forensic Sciences, and Office of Investigative Technology. He manages DEA’s largest Division, with approximately 1,500 employees (including contractors) and an annual budget of approximately $600 million.

Mr. Grubbs began his law enforcement career in 1979 with the Moon Township Police Department in Pennsylvania before joining DEA in 1983. Mr. Grubbs served as a DEA Special Agent in Pittsburgh, New York City, and Washington, D.C., where he was promoted to the position of Group Supervisor in 1991. In 1995, Mr. Grubbs was reassigned to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) at DEA Headquarters and in 1997 was promoted to the Deputy Chief Inspector in OPR. In 1999, Mr. Grubbs was transferred to serve as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Washington Division Office and later in the Baltimore, Maryland District Office. In 2004, Mr. Grubbs was again promoted to DEA's Senior Executive Service as the Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Division, one of DEA’s largest geographical divisions in the United States.

Mr. Grubbs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1977, he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from East Stroudsburg University and earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1982 from Robert Morris University. Most recently, Mr. Grubbs graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute in October 2010. Mr. Grubbs is currently the Executive Board Chairperson for the National Domestic Communications and Assistance Center.



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