Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Eduardo A. Chávez leads the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dallas Field Division, overseeing daily operations of offices in the North Texas region to include Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Amarillo, and Tyler, as well as the entire state of Oklahoma, with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and McAlester.
SAC Chávez began his career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the San Francisco Field Division in 2000 as a Special Agent assigned to the Bakersfield, California, Resident Office. During this period in the Central Valley of California, SAC Chávez conducted numerous complex conspiracy and undercover operations where his fluent Spanish and upbringing along the U.S.-México border allowed him to infiltrate several Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs).
In 2005, SAC Chávez was assigned to the DEA México City Country Office where he was responsible for creating and implementing a bi-national methamphetamine strategy which encompassed joint-investigations, intelligence building, training, and public awareness. SAC Chávez was the main liaison between the DEA and the Mexican judicial agencies when matters of methamphetamine, clandestine laboratories, or precursor chemicals arose.
In December 2008, SAC Chávez was promoted to a Group Supervisor in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, District Office where his enforcement group split its time between investigating Mexican heroin and methamphetamine trafficking organizations as well as confronting the emerging synthetic cannabinoid trade in Albuquerque.
In June of 2015, SAC Chávez was assigned to DEA Headquarters, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, where he handled national media inquiries and interviews on a variety of topics as a DEA spokesperson.
In October of that same year, SAC Chávez was promoted to the position of Section Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) section which oversaw a multi-million dollar OCDETF budget, DEA’s management of the Attorney General’s Consolidated Priority Organization Target (CPOT) list, and DEA’s participation in the OCDETF Strike Forces.
In December 2016, SAC Chávez transferred to the Dallas Field Division and supervised over 55 special agents and task force officers from five enforcement groups, including command of the North Texas Strike Force, who are responsible for investigating North Texas’ most complex and violent TCOs.
In December 2019, SAC Chávez was reassigned to his position as the Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division, responsible for North Texas and Oklahoma.
SAC Chávez is originally from Southwestern New Mexico and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in International Politics from the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.