Live Stream: Experiences in Fighting Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

Join us for this rare opportunity to watch and hear directly from one of the DEA’s most decorated agents and a renowned international expert on drug trafficking and terrorism. Michael S. Vigil has served around the world; and he has developed several international programs, including “Operation Containment” affecting 25 countries including Afghanistan, and “Centers for Drug Intelligence” a program that allows most countries in the world to share information about illicit drugs.

Michael S. Vigil is a 31-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He served as the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Caribbean and San Diego Divisions.  He was also the Chief of International Operations responsible for all offices worldwide, which included Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. He served in Mexico for 13 years and in Colombia for over 3 years.

Mr. Vigil appears regularly on TV and in the press. He is the author of “DEAL,” a book that recounts his dangerous career as an undercover agent for the DEA, and two novels. Mr. Vigil was born and raised in the Española Valley of New Mexico and graduated from Española High School. He graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a degree in criminology/police science.

Red Ribbon Rally Live Stream, October 7, 11 AM EST

The National Red Ribbon Week commemorates DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Agent Camarena was abducted, tortured and brutally murdered in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1985. Agent Camerena sacrificed his life in the fight against drugs. The communities across the country and the nation rallied behind a campaign which served as a reminder of the harm caused by drugs. The campaign expressed the need for anti-drug programs and the campaign would allow the dedicated actions of Americans to show their opposition to drugs. The campaign became known as The National Red Ribbon Week.

During the last week of October each year, a red ribbon is worn to express support for National Red Ribbon Week and to remember Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camerna. Throughout the United States and DEA, different events are sponsored to provide a platform by which to deliver the anti-drug message. This year, the DEA will kick off an entire month of drug prevention awareness with our Red Ribbon Rally at 11:00 AM EST on October 7th, 2019. To learn how your community can support National Red Ribbon Week, check out the Red Ribbon Toolkit.

Webcast Replay—Who We Are and What We Do: Professional and Technical Support

Professional & Administrative Support, Who We Are and What We Do, DEA Auditorium, September 23, 2019, 11 AMJoin 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. Read More

Webcast Replay—Who We Are and What We Do: Diversion Control

Image of ad for this event: Who We Are and What We Do: Diversion ControlJoin us 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.

 

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.

Watch the 2019 DEA Memorial Service

The DEA Memorial service is held every year in May during National Police Week. The service pays tribute to the men and women of DEA and its predecessor agencies who have lost their lives while on duty. They have made the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country. Watch now »

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2019 DEA Memorial Service

The DEA Memorial service is held every year in May during National Police Week. The service pays tribute to the men and women of DEA and its predecessor agencies who have lost their lives while on duty. They have made the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country.

Learn more about the DEA Wall of Honor »

Webcast Replay – Who We Are and What We Do: Forensics

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.

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DEA warns of alarming increase of scam calls

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.

DEA continues to receive reports from practitioners and the general public, alike, indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone. The callers typically identify themselves as DEA personnel and instruct their victims to pay the “fine” via wire transfer to avoid arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment.

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DEA warns of alarming increase of scam calls

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.

DEA continues to receive reports from practitioners and the general public, alike, indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone. The callers typically identify themselves as DEA personnel and instruct their victims to pay the “fine” via wire transfer to avoid arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment.

The reported scam tactics are continually changing, but often share many of the following characteristics:

  • Callers use fake names and badge numbers or, alternatively, names of well-known DEA senior officials.
  • The tone of calls is urgent and aggressive; callers refuse to speak or leave a message with anyone other than the person for whom they are calling.
  • Callers threaten arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment, and in the case of medical practitioners, revocation of their DEA numbers.
  • Callers demand thousands of dollars via wire transfer or, in some instances, in the form of untraceable gift cards taken over the phone.
  • Callers falsify the number on caller ID to appear as a legitimate DEA phone number.
  • Callers will often ask for personal information, such as social security number or date of birth.
  • When calling a medical practitioner, callers often reference National Provider Identifier numbers and/or state license numbers. They also might claim that patients are making accusations against the practitioner.

It’s important to underscore that DEA personnel will never contact practitioners or members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. DEA will not request any personal or sensitive information over the phone. Notification of a legitimate investigation or legal action is made via official letter or in person.

Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat using the online form or by calling 877-792-2873. Reporting scam calls will greatly assist DEA in investigating and stopping this criminal activity. Any urgent concerns or questions, including inquiring about legitimate investigations, should be directed to the local DEA field division.

To report scam activity online, visit the DEA Diversion on line reporting page.

For contact information for DEA field divisions, visit the domestic division page on DEA.gov.

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