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Special Agent in Charge (SAC) - Stephen G. Azzam

Stephen G. Azzam
Special Agent in Charge
New Orleans Division
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

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Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Stephen G. Azzam leads the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Orleans Division, overseeing the daily operations of offices in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.  He was appointed as the SAC in February 2016.

Mr. Azzam received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles.  In 1987, he began his career with DEA, when he was hired as a Special Agent.  He was assigned to the Los Angeles, California Division Office and worked in a Federal Gang Task Force targeting violent drug traffickers.  In 1991, Mr. Azzam transferred to the Riverside, California Resident Office. 

In 1997, Mr. Azzam was promoted to Group Supervisor of a Task Force Group in the Riverside Resident Office, where he directed the enforcement and operational activities of the group.

In 2001, Mr. Azzam was transferred to DEA Headquarters, where he was assigned to the Inspection Division, Office of Inspections.  While serving as an Inspector, he managed, directed, and oversaw DEA's Self-Inspection Program (SIP).  He performed reviews on specific programs, issues, activities, individuals and promotional policies. 

In 2002, Mr. Azzam was promoted to Senior Inspector in the Office of Security Programs in the Inspection Division.  While serving as Senior Inspector, he developed and implemented DEA policies for personnel and physical security.  He enforced compliance with these policies through a series of inspection, training, investigation, and emergency preparedness programs.

In 2004, Mr. Azzam transferred to the Riverside Resident Office and served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC).  While serving as ASAC, he was responsible for all enforcement groups in the office, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office.  

In 2012, Mr. Azzam was promoted to Associate Special Agent in Charge (A/SAC) of the Los Angeles Division.  While serving as Associate SAC, he was responsible for over 800 employees in the Division, which included the offices of Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County and Ventura in California; Las Vegas and Reno in Nevada; Honolulu and Maui in Hawaii; and Hagatna in Guam.  He was instrumental in implementing a Strike Force for the Division. 

In February 2016, Mr. Azzam was selected to serve in his current position as the Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division.

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