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John W. Callery, Special Agent in Charge
John W. Callery, Special Agent in Charge
John W. Callery, Special Agent in Charge

Mr. John W. Callery has a total of 35 years of law enforcement experience and began his law enforcement career in 1984 as a Police Officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) for six years. For four of those years, he was detailed to the prestigious USAF Presidential Honor Guard at Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C., serving then President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Callery continued his law enforcement career as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in 1992, initially assigned to the DEA Los Angeles Field Division (LAFD).  Mr. Callery received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Science in Counterterrorism-WMD from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2007. He also holds a Master Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.

While assigned to the LAFD (1992-2000), Mr. Callery was a member of the OPERATION LEYENDA group and worked arduously on bringing to justice the conspirators in the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Mexico. In 1995, Mr. Callery was assigned to the LAFD’s Mobile Enforcement Team (MET), where he conducted numerous MET deployments to cities suffering from gang violence. These deployments were extremely successful, resulting in the arrests of hundreds of drug traffickers and violent criminal offenders. In 1999, Mr. Callery was chosen for an overseas assignment in Bangkok, Thailand. During his tenure in Bangkok, Mr. Callery controlled high level heroin investigations with US nexus’ to include the first Judicial Wire Tap investigation in the history of The Kingdom of Thailand.

In 2005, Mr. Callery returned to the United States and was assigned to the DEA International Training Section (TRI) located in Quantico, VA. In this Group Supervisor position, Mr. Callery participated in over 80 overseas training seminars for more than 3,500 participants throughout the world in narcotics enforcement, international money laundering, tactical operations and has conducted high-level terrorism training programs. Mr. Callery also led and managed the DEA Afghanistan Regional Training Teams (RTT) that were deployed in Afghanistan on behalf of DEA/HQS.

In September, 2011, Mr. Callery assumed the position of Country Attaché of DEA’s Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Country Office, where he managed DEA’s efforts to identify and dismantle drug trafficking and money laundering organizations operating in Malaysia and Singapore. He was also the US Embassy’s chief liaison officer to those nations’ law enforcement and intelligence agency leaders in their respective anti-drug and money laundering efforts.

In 2014, Mr. Callery returned to the LAFD as a Group Supervisor, where he led the Division’s Clandestine Lab Enforcement Group, where he focused his group’s attention on PCP manufacturing, criminal street gangs and violent drug trafficking and he led the Regional Methamphetamine Task Force for the LAFD/HIDTA.

In August, 2016, Mr. Callery was promoted to Section Chief at DEA/HQS Regional and Local Impact Section (OGR) where he oversaw DEA’s domestic operations and managed DEA’s Domestic Cartel Initiative (DCI), Domestic Priority Targeting Operations, DEA’s assistance to the Violent Reduction Network and Bureau of Indian Country Affairs.

In September, 2017, Mr. Callery transferred from DEA/HQS to Honolulu, Hawaii to assume the duties of Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the DEA Honolulu District Office. There he led and managed all DEA operations in the Hawaiian Islands, Guam and Saipan.

As the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the San Diego Field Division (SDFD) he is currently leading the men and woman of the SDFD in concentrating on the opioid overdose death investigations, fentanyl laced drugs, Mexican Cartel operations and the enduring scourge of methamphetamine trafficking in the region.

Mr. Callery is a professional public speaker and has conducted hundreds of lectures around the globe on a myriad law enforcement and counter terrorism topics.

Mr. Callery is married, he enjoys golf, snorkeling, tennis and he is an avid sports fan.

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