The mission of the
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances
laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and
civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction,
those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in
the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing
in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend
and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability
of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.
In carrying out its
mission as the agency responsible for enforcing the controlled substances
laws and regulations of the United States, the DEA's primary responsibilities
and preparation for the prosecution of major violators of controlled
substance laws operating at interstate and international levels.
and preparation for prosecution of criminals and drug gangs who perpetrate
violence in our communities and terrorize citizens through fear and
- Management of
a national drug intelligence program in cooperation with federal, state,
local, and foreign officials to collect, analyze, and disseminate strategic
and operational drug intelligence information.
- Seizure and forfeiture
of assets derived from, traceable to, or intended to be used for illicit
- Enforcement of the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act as they pertain to the
manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of legally produced controlled
- Coordination and
cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement officials
on mutual drug enforcement efforts and enhancement of such efforts through
exploitation of potential interstate and international investigations
beyond local or limited federal jurisdictions and resources.
- Coordination and
cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies, and with foreign
governments, in programs designed to reduce the availability of illicit
abuse-type drugs on the United States market through nonenforcement
methods such as crop eradication, crop substitution, and training of
under the policy guidance of the Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassadors,
for all programs associated with drug law enforcement counterparts in
- Liaison with the
United Nations, Interpol, and other organizations on matters relating
to international drug control programs.