El Paso Intelligence Center
The El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) was established in 1974, to provide tactical intelligence to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies on a national scale. Staffed by representatives of the DEA and the INS, EPIC has since expanded into a center comprised of 21 participating agencies that share a common quest: identify threats to the Nation, with an emphasis on the Southwest border.
Today, EPIC is an all threats center with a focus on the Western Hemisphere, and a particular emphasis on the Southwest border, that leverages the authorities and expertise of its partners to deliver informed intelligence.
EPIC offers tactical, operational and strategic intelligence support to Federal, State, local, tribal, and international law enforcement organizations. The center provides access to LE systems with the opportunity to collaborate daily through exchanges with LE analysts and operators, as well as routine engagement with our Federal, State, local, tribal, and international partners. The key to EPIC’s success is a culture that transcends parochialism. EPIC is a team approach. Collectively, we deter threats and protect our nation.
DEA, El Paso Intelligence Center, Warning: Scammers Impersonating Agents
The Drug Enforcement Administration, El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), is warning the public of a widespread fraud scheme in which telephone scammers impersonate DEA agents in an attempt to extort money or steal personal identifiable information. This announcement aims to raise awareness that DEA EPIC personnel will never contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment and will never request personal or sensitive information over the phone.
It has come to our attention that schemers have contacted the public and have spoofed legitimate EPIC telephone numbers to convince the target that the call is legitimate. After initial contact, the scammer proceeds to direct the target to our website to further validate their fake identity in an attempt to extort money and/or personal information from the target. This reported scam tactic is only one technique utilized however most of them share many of the same characteristics. The best deterrence against these criminals is awareness and caution.
Please reference the following further information on scammers and best practices:
DEA Warning: Scammers Impersonating DEA Agents
The EPIC Portal augments EPIC’s mission to support law enforcement and interdiction components through improved information sharing with the law enforcement community.
DEA. 17 July, 2018. El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). Retrieved from https://www.dea.gov/what-we-do/law-enforcement/epic on 26 May, 2023
DEA. " El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC)."Drug Enforcement Agency, 17 July, 2018, https://www.dea.gov/what-we-do/law-enforcement/epic Accessed 26 May, 2023.
DEA. . Drug Enforcement Agency on DEA website. https://www.dea.gov/what-we-do/law-enforcement/epic. 17 July, 2018. Accessed 26 May, 2023.