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

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

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

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This event is free and open to the public.