A.J. Collazo was appointed as Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on September 25, 2017. As the Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Collazo is responsible for the Domestic Offices in San Juan, Ponce, Fajardo and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, he is responsible for DEA’s foreign offices in Bridgetown, Barbados; Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; Georgetown, Guyana; Kingston, Jamaica; Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas; Port-Au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Mr. Collazo previously served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) from November 2015 to November 2017. In that role, he served as an ASAC in the Miami Division; Mr. Collazo was responsible for the Enforcement groups assigned to the South Florida High Intensity Drug Area Task Force (HIDTA).
From August 2012 to November 2015, Mr. Collazo served as an Assistant Regional Director (ARD) in DEA’s Andean Region with responsibility over the Quito Country Office, the Guayaquil Resident Office in Ecuador and the Caracas Country Office in Venezuela.
From January 2009 to August 2012, Mr. Collazo served as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) at the Panama Express Strike Force in Tampa, Florida. As such, Mr. Collazo was responsible for coordination between DEA, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Joint Inter-Agency Task Force–South (JIATF-S) elements and DEA’s foreign office regarding the investigation of organizations responsible for the Maritime transportation of multi-ton shipments of cocaine to the United States.
Mr. Collazo has also served in a variety of other positions within DEA, including Staff Coordinator at the Special Operations Division (SOD), Special Agent at the Bilateral Investigations Unit (BIU) at the Special Operations Division in Washington DC and as a Special Agent in the Orlando District Office.
Mr. Collazo began his career with DEA after graduating from the DEA Academy in 1997 in the Miami Division’ Orlando District Office, where he worked numerous investigations. Mr. Collazo was assigned to several Enforcement and Task Force groups to include the HIDTA Heroin Task Force (HTF). While assigned to the HIDTA HTF, he worked on several complex conspiracy cases to include one case, which netted the seizure of 50 kilograms of heroin, over 30 defendants and a Lear Jet that was used to shuttle multi-kilogram quantities of heroin from South America to multiple cities in the eastern seaboard of the United States.
Mr. Collazo is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Temple University. He later received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from St. Leo University in the Tampa Bay Area.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Dave E. Joseph entered on duty with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in August 1991 as a graduate of Basic Agent Class 84. Upon graduation, Special Agent (SA) Joseph reported to the New York Field Division and was assigned to Division 20 and later to the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force. In 1998, SA Joseph was transferred to the Caracas Country Office. In 2001, SA Joseph was transferred to the Panama County Office. In 2004, SA Joseph was transferred to the Atlanta Field Division Mobile Enforcement Team. In 2006, SA Joseph was transferred to the Santo Domingo Country Office. In 2007, SA Joseph was promoted to Country Attaché (CA) of the Port of Spain Country Office. In June 2011, CA Joseph was transferred to the Ponce District Office as a Group Supervisor (GS) for a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force Group in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. In June 2014, GS Joseph transferred to DEA Headquarters (HQ), Office of Inspections as an Inspector. In February 2016, Inspector Joseph was transferred to DEA HQ, Office of Operations Management, Policy and Source Management Section as a Staff Coordinator (SC). On March 2, 2016, SC Joseph was promoted to ASAC in the Caribbean Division; he officially reported to the Caribbean Division on June 26, 2016.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge James N. Doby
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 Isarael Alicea
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Israel 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 on active military duty from June 10, 1985 to May 01, 1989, and completed his military service commitment in 2001.
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 (MET), Money Laundering Group, and Enforcement Group 2, respectively. ASAC Alicea was also Acting ASAC from June 1, 2005, to October 1, 2005.
From August 19, 2007, to December 19, 2009, ASAC Alicea was assigned as an Inspector in the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Southeast Field Office, Plantation, Florida. On December 20, 2009, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Caribbean Division. Currently, ASAC Alicea supervises all the administrative, procurement and Fiscal areas for the Caribbean Division as well as the Fajardo High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Major Organizations Investigations (MOI) Initiative, the Airport Investigations and Tactical Team (AirTAT), Asset Removal Group, Special Support Unit and the Evidence program.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Reinaldo R. Lopez
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Reinaldo R. Lopez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ASAC Lopez graduated from the Caribbean University in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with an Associate Degree in Police Sciences (Summa Cum Laude) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (Summa Cum Laude). ASAC Lopez also holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from the Columbus University in Louisiana. ASAC Lopez is a U.S. Army Veteran and served three years active duty as a Combat Medic and 23 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Chief Instructor for Combat Medicine. ASAC Lopez served honorably in the U.S. Army active duty and in the U.S Army Reserves. He was the recipient of several Army achievement and commendation awards/medals. ASAC Lopez also served as a Narcotics Detective (Puerto Rico Police Department) for approximately 12 years.
ASAC Lopez joined the Drug Enforcement Administration in January 1998 at the Caribbean Division in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended Basic Agent Training class #121 from January 4 to May 1, 1998. From May 1998 to June 2007, he was assigned to the Caribbean Division, San Juan Office. In June 2007, ASAC Lopez was promoted to Group Supervisor and assigned to the Yakima Resident Office, Seattle Division. In June 2009 he was promoted to Resident Agent in Charge of the Yakima Resident Office where he served until May 2014. In May 2014, ASAC Lopez was assigned to the Inspection Division, Office of Inspections as an Inspector at the DEA Headquarters in Washington D.C. In June 2016, ASAC Lopez was promoted to his current position at the Caribbean Division, San Juan Office.