Timothy J. Plancon was appointed as Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on March 16, 2016. As the Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Plancon is responsible for all DEA operations throughout Michigan, Ohio and northern Kentucky. Prior to January 1, 2018, Mr. Plancon also oversaw DEA operations in the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky and three counties in southern Indiana. Under Mr. Plancon’s leadership, DEA restructured the Detroit Field Division to address the current opioid epidemic and future drug threats.
Mr. Plancon previously served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Columbus District Office from March 2014 to April 2016. In that role, Mr. Plancon was responsible for supervising five DEA offices (Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown) covering the state of Ohio. Mr. Plancon was instrumental in the creation and expansion of heroin overdose investigation teams in conjunction with leading DEA in the fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic throughout the state of Ohio.
From February 2013 to March 2014, Mr. Plancon served as a Senior Inspector in the DEA Headquarters Office of Inspections. In that role, he led teams of inspectors during the on-site inspection of multiple DEA domestic divisions, foreign regions, and other internal components.
Mr. Plancon has also served in a variety of other positions within DEA, including as an Inspector in the Office of Inspections and as a Supervisory Special Agent (Group Supervisor) assigned to the Detroit Field Division. As a Supervisory Special Agent, he led the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)-funded, combined Financial Investigations Team, Asset Removal Group, and the Oakland-Macomb Interdiction Team, which comprised the largest Task Force Group in the Detroit Field Division. In that role, Mr. Plancon oversaw the successful investigation of several major cases that not only targeted violent inner-city drug trafficking organizations, but also international drug distribution and money laundering networks.
Mr. Plancon began his career with the DEA in 1997 in the Detroit Field Division. Upon completion of the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Mr. Plancon was transferred to the New York Field Division, New York City Office. Mr. Plancon served in the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force until 2004, where he targeted some of the most notorious domestic and international illicit narcotic trafficking organizations.
Prior to joining the DEA, Mr. Plancon was a Police Officer for the city of Ferndale, Michigan, where he served as a SWAT officer, evidence technician and field training officer.
Mr. Plancon is a native of Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a Master of Liberal Studies degree in Interdisciplinary Technology with concentrations in Information Security and Police Administration from Eastern Michigan University.