Who We Are and What We Do: Professional and Technical Support

Join us as we peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum, at a panel discussion with members of DEA Professional and Administrative Support.

DEA is comprised of various jobs going beyond Operations, Intelligence, Diversion, and Forensics. There are many more jobs behind the scenes requiring a vast diversity of skill sets. In this panel discussion, we will be featuring individuals from Finance, Congressional & Public Affairs, Special Technologies, and Chief Counsel. These team members work side by side to ensure that DEA runs smoothly and effectively in its mission to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. DEA’s administrative and support personnel perform functions and operations that are the backbone to the goal of combating domestic and global drug trafficking. Professional and Technical Support staff responsibilities range from planning and executing financial programs to analyzing the legal implications in policy decisions to community outreach and much more.

Panel Bios

Dana Weiser

Dana Weiser has been a DEA employee in the Financial Systems Section (FNS) since June 2013, where she is now a Unit Chief designing new financial business processes, system testing new Unified Financial Management System (UFMS) releases, supporting the UFMS Hotline, and writing user procedures. In 2018 she led the deployment and training of E2 Solutions, DEA’s new electronic travel management system, for a number of DEA offices. Ms. Weiser began her federal career as a contractor working on Momentum, the financial system upon which DEA’s UFMS is based. She began working with DEA to implement UFMS when it replaced the old FFS system in 2009. She performed many roles including software tester, trainer, and documentation writer. Dana Weiser received a B.A. from the University of Virginia with a dual major in Economics and Government.

Bruce Hill

Bruce Hill is an employee of DEA’s Office of Investigative Technology (ST). He is an Investigative Technology Specialist with experience in overt and covert audio/video surveillance technology. ST develops, maintains and supports all DEA divisional Operational missions by providing specialized technical programs for Special Agents and Technicians.  Some of his many areas of expertise include fabrication of specialized concealed accessories, mobile surveillance platforms, and surveillance optics, to name a few.  Drug Enforcement Special Agents and Technicians use these highly specialized types of equipment for collecting intelligence and evidence. Bruce’s passion is to provide technology that allows the end-user to do their job safely and efficiently, ultimately resulting in the eradication of active drug trafficking organizations.

Eric Hergenroeder

Eric Hergenroeder is a Senior Attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel at the Drug Enforcement Administration in Arlington, Virginia. Following graduation from law school in 2010, Eric served on active duty as an officer in the Air Force JAG Corps.  Eric served as the Chief of Military Justice at two installations, a trial defense attorney in East Asia, and as Counsel to the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory, where he advised Department of Defense leaders on forensics and drug policy. In 2017, Eric began his career at DEA in the Domestic Criminal Law Section, where he provided counsel on issues relating to search and seizure, investigative authorities, criminal discovery, and more. In the summer of 2019, Eric transitioned to the International Law Section.

Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Location:
Auditorium, DEA Headquarters
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Contact:
DEA Museum, [email protected], (202) 307-3463
Elizabeth Thompson, Visitor Services Coordinator, [email protected], (202) 307-5600

Streaming URL:
www.deamuseum.org/lecture/2019/PATCO-DEA

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Admission:
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Who We Are and What We Do: Diversion Control

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Join us Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. as we take a peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum at a panel discussion with three members of DEA Diversion Control.

Diversion Investigators enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and the Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act (CDTA) regarding the manufacture, distribution and dispensing of legally produced controlled substances and listed chemicals. They prevent diversion of controlled substances and listed chemicals into the illicit market, while ensuring an adequate uninterrupted supply of pharmaceutical controlled substances and listed chemicals to meet the legitimate medical, commercial and scientific needs of the public.

In a time when the Opioid Crisis is front and center in our minds and media, it is critical to know who is working for our safety in the world of pharmaceutical drugs. Many problems associated with drug abuse are the result of legitimately made controlled substances being diverted from their lawful purpose into illicit drug traffic. Under federal law, all businesses that import, export, manufacture, or distribute controlled substances; all health professionals licensed to dispense, administer, or prescribe them; and all pharmacies authorized to fill prescriptions must register with the DEA. Diversion investigations involve, but are not limited to, physicians who sell prescriptions to drug dealers or abusers; pharmacists who falsify records and subsequently sell the drugs; employees who steal from inventory and falsify orders to cover illicit sales; prescription forgers; and individuals who commit armed robbery of pharmacies and drug distributors.

Panel Bios

Justin Wood

Staff Coordinator Justin Wood is a Supervisory Diversion Investigator in the Pharmaceutical Investigations Section (DOP). Mr. Wood provides operational support and case coordination for Diversion Groups and Tactical Diversion Squads involved in fighting the opioid epidemic. Prior to assignment at headquarters, Mr. Wood was Diversion Group Supervisor in Birmingham, Alabama. He supervised investigators who conducted civil, criminal and regulatory cases on DEA registrants. Mr. Wood also served with DEA for over a decade in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Wood graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) with a degree in chemistry and completed a Master of Science degree from Penn State University.

Joseph Brown

Joseph Brown is a Staff Coordinator for the Headquarters Diversion Regulatory Group, coordinating investigations between Main Justice and field offices. He develops and maintains alliances with registrants and other key players regarding opiate education and regulatory issues. Mr. Brown’s DEA career began at the New Jersey Division, Camden Resident Office as a Diversion Investigator and later as a Diversion Group Supervisor. During his 14 years there, he led outreach and education programs as well as investigations ensuring compliance with federal regulations. Mr. Brown received his BS in Mass Communications from Norfolk State University and his MSA in Administration from Central Michigan University in addition to his career in the US Army and Army Reserve.

Donetta Spears

Donetta began employment with DEA July 1989. She came on board at the Denver Division Office prior to entering Basic Diversion Investigator Class #18. After completion of Basic Diversion Investigator training, she reported to the Seattle Division Office in September of 1989. Since then, Donetta has held positions in Seattle, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and at DEA headquarters in Arlington, VA, where she currently serves as Executive Assistant for the Diversion Control Deputy Assistant Administrator. Donetta Spears holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State College, Denver, CO, and is currently working on an MS in Criminal Justice, at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Location:
Auditorium, DEA Headquarters
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Contact:
DEA Museum, [email protected], (202) 307-3463
Elizabeth Thompson, Visitor Services Coordinator, [email protected], (202) 307-5600

Streaming URL:
www.deamuseum.org/lecture/2019/diversion-DEA

Email Questions:
During the event, email questions to [email protected].

Admission:
This event is free and open to the public.

Who We Are and What We Do: Special Agents

Take a peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum at a panel discussion with four DEA Special Agents.

Special Agents are on the front line for drug law enforcement in America and around the world. DEA’s goal is to eliminate illegal drug distribution, prosecute traffickers and destroy the financial infrastructure of these organizations. As the federal government’s premier drug law enforcement agency, our mission has never been so important. Agents are prepared for innumerable tasks including facilitating informant contacts, making drug arrests, community outreach, and international diplomacy.

Special Agents must maintain many skills to perform in less than ideal and often high pressure situations. While in the field, agents may investigate and help prosecute major violators of controlled substance laws, and partner with federal, state, local, and foreign officials in managing drug intelligence programs. Agents are often identified as the people who arrest and search subjects and seize assets connected to illicit drug trafficking, but they are also responsible for collecting and preparing evidence and performing other judicial functions. DEA Special Agents have a long-standing history in combating the critical problems of drug trafficking.

Agents Bios

Steve Fraga

Steve has over 33 years of Federal Law Enforcement experience working in the Continental United States and in conjunction with law enforcement counterparts in countries in South and Central America. He has spent 28 years as a Special Agent with DEA.

Steve has specialized in conducting complex criminal investigations, and has enjoyed assignments in the Los Angeles Field Division, Dallas Field Division, SOD Classified Projects Section, and SOD Bilateral Investigations Unit.

Michelle Spahn

Michelle Y. Spahn currently serves as a Supervisory Special Agent and DEA 360 Strategy Coordinator, collaborating with various local DEA offices in the field, as well as national and local partners in government, law enforcement, and partners in prevention, treatment and recovery, to implement the DEA 360 Strategy in designated cities nationwide.

Throughout her DEA career she has served in El Pas, San Diego, and Buffalo as well as Iraq and the United Arab Emirates where she oversaw all U.S. drug law enforcement efforts throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. She was also one of only two female agents to have ever been selected for the elite Foreign-Deployed Advisory Support Team (FAST).

Amador Martinez

Staff Coordinator (SC) Amador Martinez graduated from the DEA Academy in April 2000, and reported to the Los Angeles Field Division on May 1, 2000. In April 2006, he was transferred to the Cartagena Resident Office. In April 2010, Mr. Martinez was promoted to the position of Group Supervisor for Enforcement Group 1, at the Mexico City Country Office (MCCO). In August 2012, he returned to domestic operations after six and a half years in the foreign arena and was transferred back to the Los Angeles Field Division.

In September 2016, SC Martinez reported to Headquarters, where he has been assigned to the Office of Operations Management (OM), Investigative Support Section (OMS); Office of Global Enforcement (OE), Mexico, Central America and Canada Section (OGM); and Strategic Planning and Support Section (OGP).

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Location:
Auditorium, DEA Headquarters
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Contact:
DEA Museum, [email protected], (202) 307-3463
Elizabeth Thompson, Visitor Services Coordinator, [email protected], (202) 307-5600

Streaming URL:
www.deamuseum.org/lecture/2019/agents-DEA

Email Questions:
During the event, email questions to [email protected].

Admission:
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Who We Are and What We Do: Forensics

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Take a peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum at a panel discussion with members of the Forensics staff from around the country.

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Forensic Sciences is to provide quality scientific, technical, and administrative support to the law enforcement and intelligence communities and to the criminal justice system at large, to assist with the enforcement of controlled substance laws and regulations of the United States. There are three different disciplines within the Forensic Sciences division: Chemistry, Fingerprints, and Digital Evidence.

 

Chemistry

Forensic Chemists analyze evidence for the presence of controlled substances using state-of-the-art instrumentation, provide expert testimony in courts of law, support DEA Special Agents and Diversion Investigators in their criminal and regulatory investigations, and develop intelligence data used to determine trends in local and international drug trafficking.

Fingerprints

Fingerprint Specialists use state-of-the-art examination techniques for development and comparisons of latent prints, support DEA Special Agents in their investigations, assist with clandestine laboratory investigations, provide testimony in Federal, state, and local courts of law, and conduct training for DEA Forensic Chemists and law enforcement officials.

Digital Evidence

Digital Forensic Examiners recover and analyze digital evidence, provide expert testimony in courts of law, provide investigative support to law enforcement, and conduct training to law enforcement personnel.

 

Panel Bios

Jonathan Duffy

Jonathan Duffy is a Forensic Chemist at the DEA Mid-Atlantic Laboratory. In this position, he utilizes analytical techniques and chemical instrumentation to analyze exhibits for the presence of controlled substances, provides technical assistance to law enforcement, and testifies as an expert witness in court. Mr. Duffy is a Technical Training Officer, managing the instruction and transition of new chemists. He has also instructed lesson blocks as a Subject Matter Expert for the Basic Forensic Chemists Class. He is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee and the laboratory system’s Forensic Chemist Technical Advisory Committee. While working at the DEA, Mr. Duffy received a Master of Forensic Sciences in Forensic Chemistry from The George Washington University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, Forensic Chemistry Option from The Pennsylvania State University.

Jill Mossman

While working as a Digital Evidence Examiner with the DEA for the last 13 years, Jill Mossman has worked with almost every type of electronic storage device possible.  The Digital Evidence Laboratory provides support by processing and analyzing electronic data in a forensically sound manner and presenting the data to the agents to use for intelligence or prosecution. The last several years Ms. Mossman has specialized in cell phones, focusing on device extraction, encryption and app database parsing.   In addition to her traditional lab work, she has provided cell phone training domestically and internationally, educating law enforcement on best practices in seizing and examining cell phones.

Anna Zadow

Anna Zadow started her career with DEA in June 2002 at the South Central laboratory in Dallas, Texas as a fingerprint specialist.  As a fingerprint specialist with the DEA, Ms. Zadow is responsible for processing drug evidence for latent prints, preserving the latent prints developed, comparing subjects to those latent prints developed, searching unknown latent prints in AFIS, reporting results, testifying in court to the results, and conducting field investigations to include assisting in clandestine laboratory investigations.  In September 2006, Ms. Zadow transferred to the Southeast Laboratory in Miami, Florida.  Prior to the DEA, Ms. Zadow was a crime scene investigator from 1994 to 2002 with two police departments in Texas.  Ms. Zadow obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1991.

 

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

Location:
Auditorium, DEA Headquarters
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Contact:
DEA Museum, [email protected], (202) 307-3463
Kenna Howat Felix, Historian, [email protected], (202) 307-6714

Streaming URL:
www.deamuseum.org/lecture/2019/forensics-DEA

Email Questions:
During the event, email questions to [email protected].

Admission:
This event is free and open to the public.

Who We Are and What We Do: Intelligence

Who We Are and What We Do: Intelligence, March 5, 2019, 11-11:45am EST, DEA Auditorium, DEA Museum Lecture Series
Take a peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum at a panel discussion with 4 members of the Intelligence staff stationed at Headquarters. Aaron Hurwitz, Intelligence Research Specialist; Kia M. Pratt, Intelligence Staff Coordinator; Carrie N. Thompson, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Intelligence; and William N. Trull, Intelligence Research Specialist will lend their expertise and discuss their respective roles in the Intelligence Division of the DEA. Together, they have over 40 years of experience with the DEA. Learn how they came to work at the DEA, their current roles in the agency, and their day to day activities on the job.

Since its establishment in 1973, the DEA, in coordination with other federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement organizations has been responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of drug-related intelligence. The role of intelligence in drug law enforcement is critical. The DEA Intelligence Program helps initiate new investigations of major drug organizations, strengthens ongoing cases and subsequent prosecutions, develops information that leads to seizures and arrests, and provides policy makers with drug trend information upon which programmatic decisions can be based.

The DEA’s Intelligence Program has grown significantly since its inception. From only a handful of Intelligence Analysts (I/A) in the domestic offices and Headquarters in 1973, to over 700 I/As worldwide today. DEA’s intelligence program encompasses a wide variety of investigative and strategic intelligence assignments spanning the globe.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 11:00 am – 11:45 am ET

Location:
Auditorium, DEA Headquarters
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Contact:
DEA Museum, [email protected], (202) 307-3463
Kenna Howat Felix, Historian, [email protected], (202) 307-6714

Streaming URL:
www.deamuseum.org/lecture/2019/intelligence-DEA

Email Questions:
During the event, email questions to [email protected].

Admission:
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Panelists

Elizabeth L. Maurer (Moderator), Curator of Education, DEA Museum

Aaron Hurwitz, Intelligence Research Specialist

Aaron Hurwitz began his intelligence career as a Crime Analyst with the Center for Law Enforcement Analysis and Training in Dayton, Ohio in 2012, providing analytical support for gang cases to federal, state, and local law enforcement. He joined DEA in 2014 and currently studies domestic fentanyl and heroin trends. In his position, he provides DEA officials and other U.S. government policy makers with high-priority strategic intelligence analyses on the drug trade in the United States and assesses the changing dynamics of counterdrug situation across the country. Mr. Hurwitz is the lead writer and lead briefer for DEA’s 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment which provides an in-depth assessment on complex topics that impact national-level high-priority drug issues including major trafficking organizations, smuggling routes and methods, drug-related crime and violence, and other pertinent issues that impact U.S. national security.

Mr. Hurwitz holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Criminal Justice from Ashland University as well as certificates from the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center and the Intelligence Community Advanced Analyst Program.

Kia M. Pratt, Intelligence Staff Coordinator

Intelligence Staff Coordinator Kia M. Pratt started her DEA career in 2006 as the Senior Intelligence Research Specialist assigned to the Intelligence Division’s Policy and Liaison Section at DEA Headquarters.  During that time, she served as the sole analyst assigned to the Centers for Drug Information (CDI) program and the Reports Officer (RO) Program.  She is currently assigned to the Office of National Security Intelligence (ONSI), Intelligence Community (IC) Integration Section. In her current role, she serves as a faculty member and the DEA chair at the National Intelligence University (NIU) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Prior to reporting to ONSI, Ms. Pratt was the Intelligence Group Supervisor for the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  From 2008 to 2012, Ms. Pratt was assigned the Atlanta Field Division, where she was a strategic and operational Intelligence Analyst.  Over her DEA career, Ms. Pratt has supported several multi-jurisdiction and international drug and money laundering cases.  She has liaised with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, members of the Intelligence Community (IC), private sector entities, and foreign counterparts to enhance the exchange of law enforcement information, improve intelligence collection, and support DEA’s mission and programs, domestically and internationally.

Ms. Pratt holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Clark Atlanta University.

Carrie N. Thompson, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Intelligence

Carrie N. Thompson began her career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as an Intelligence Research Specialist (IRS) in September 1998 assigned to the Detroit Field Division Office. Over the course of her career IRS Thompson has served in three overseas posts—Bogota, Islamabad, and Brussels—and multiple assignments at DEA Headquarters. In March 2018, Mrs. Thompson was promoted to Section Chief of the Intelligence Division’s Policy and Strategic Planning Unit and shortly thereafter transferred to her current position as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Intelligence.

Prior to joining the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mrs. Thompson completed internships with The White House and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. Mrs. Thompson received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame where she studied International Relations and Economics and graduated with Honors in May 1998.

William N. Trull, Intelligence Research Specialist

William Trull is an intelligence research specialist assigned to the Research and Analytics Unit, as part of the Data Management Section, in the Office of Special Intelligence, Merrifield Virginia. The NSD section provides support through the advanced use of intelligence, data, and geospatial analysis in order to perform detailed analysis of large data sets. Further, Mr. Trull’s work includes: geospatial support in the form of maps, charts, range analysis, surveillance support analysis, and training on geospatial programs such as ArcGIS.

Prior to joining NSD, Mr. Trull was assigned to the Diversion Intelligence Unit, as part of the Field Support Section, at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, VA. During his time in the unit, he was responsible for authoring reports and providing comprehensive briefings detailing the diversion of controlled prescription drugs, as well as the shipment of precursor chemicals into the United States. Working in conjunction with his unit’s many counterparts, Mr. Trull has provided investigative and strategic support on a multitude of cases covering DEA offices both domestic and foreign.

Prior to his assignment in Diversion intelligence, Mr. Trull worked in the Strategic Intelligence Section, in which he covered drug trafficking and trends in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Mr. Trull holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from Northern Illinois University.