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LEADERSHIP

JAMES J. HUNT
Special Agent in Charge
New York Division
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

James J. Hunt began his law enforcement career in the New York City Police Department in 1982. Mr. Hunt graduated the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Training Academy in Quantico, VA and became a DEA Special Agent in 1985 and was assigned to the New York Division.

Mr. Hunt was reassigned to the DEA Miami Field Division and in 1999; Mr. Hunt was promoted to Group Supervisor where he led a group of DEA Special Agents in conducting drug investigations targeting domestic and international drug trafficking organizations.

In 2003, Mr. Hunt was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations Division in Chantilly, VA. While assigned at the Special Operations Division he was responsible for overseeing multi-jurisdictional wiretap investigations, leading to the disruption and dismantling of major international drug cartels in Europe, Asia and Canada. In addition, Mr. Hunt synchronized efforts of seven Federal agencies and the U.S. Military and coordinated terrorist related information and operations in DEA.

Mr. Hunt returned to the New York Division as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF) in 2005. The NYDETF is the largest and oldest task force in the nation; and upon its inception has been used as a model for drug law enforcement task forces worldwide. In 2010, Mr. Hunt was promoted to the Senior Executive Service as the Associate Special Agent in Charge of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force overseeing the men and women of the DEA, New York City Police Department and New York State Police.

Mr. Hunt was selected to be the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division in 2014 and currently oversees all of DEA operations and investigations in the State of New York.

Mr. Hunt received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University. Mr. Hunt is the recipient of the United States Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement as well as the recipient of DEA’s highest award, the Administrator’s Award of Honor. In addition, two Administrator’s Awards for Exceptional Service have been presented to Mr. Hunt in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the mission of the DEA.

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