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Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration's seal
Drug Enforcement Administration's seal
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Flag of the DEA
Flag of the DEA
Agency overview
Formed July 1, 1973; 50 years ago (1973-07-01)
Preceding agencies
  • Federal Bureau of Narcotics
  • Bureau of Drug Abuse Control
  • Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
  • Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement
  • Office of National Narcotics Intelligence
Employees 10,169 (2019)
Annual budget US$3.136 billion (FY2019)
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency United States
Operations jurisdiction United States
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Special Agents 4,924
Agency executives
  • Anne Milgram, Administrator
  • Louis Milione, Principal Deputy Administrator
Parent agency United States Department of Justice

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a law enforcement agency that works for the United States Department of Justice that enforces the United States drug laws. The DEA is the agency with most responsible for drug enforcement in the U.S. and also shares its responsibilities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It also has complete responsibility (duty to do something) for U.S. drug enforcement investigations in other countries.


Two DEA agents training

The Drug Enforcement Administration was created on 1 July 1973, by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973, signed by President Richard Nixon on 28 March 1973. It suggested a single federal agency to enforce the federal drug laws as well as to join together and to organize the government's drug control efforts.

In 1999, the DEA opened the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum in Arlington, Virginia. In February 2003, the DEA started a Digital Evidence Laboratory in its Office of Forensic Sciences.


The DEA is run by an Administrator of Drug Enforcement who is given the job by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Administrator's direct boss is the Attorney General through the Deputy Attorney General. It has its own training centre called the DEA Academy on the United States Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia with the FBI Academy. It has 21 domestic divisions inside the U.S. with 227 field offices and 86 foreign offices in 62 countries. With a budget of over 2.415 billion U.S. dollars, the DEA employs over 10,800 people, including over 5,500 Special agents.

Narcotics registration

The DEA has a system in place which allows doctors and other people, such as dentists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, to prescribe medicines, researchers and manufacturers access to "Schedule I" drugs, as well as Schedules 2, 3, 4 and 5.

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See also

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