The Drug Enforcement Administration

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a United States Department of Justice law enforcement agency. Their purposes in law enforcement is to stop the sale of illegal drugs, drug trafficking, investigate major crimes within the United States and internationally, and to secure and protect our communities from ever confronting drugs. DEA also cooperates with many major law enforcement agencies such as federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies to stop criminals from smuggling drugs in our neighborhoods and help the people from getting involved with drug substance. Other responsibilities include carrying out missions and responsibilities in investigating major crimes, and detain drug traffickers operations in interstate and international levels. This agency has a headquarters office, and 21 domestic field divisions throughout the United States and its territories, and 86 foreign offices in 62 countries. With a budget exceeding 2.415 billion dollars, the DEA has over 5,500 Special Agents trained for dangerous missions around the globe. The DEA faces a great issue in preventing and ending the war on drugs. Wood states, “Mexico, a country all too familiar with violence as a way of life, is today a stark example of how crackdowns on drug cartels by American and local law enforcement agencies have utterly failed” (Wood, 2010, ¶ 7). Drugs, violence, and guns are the main influence to a never-ending drug war. The war created by the United States by demand of drugs has been a major issue for the government and citizens of the United States. The United States have declared that it is doing its best to combat the war on drugs. The drug problem has not stopped and the people continue to buy drugs no matter what circumstances they are obtained. With drugs prices rising, people are willing do anything to get drugs even if it leads them to become involved in criminal activities such as robbery. The money and military activity have not been enough, and the “urban problem,” has not been resolved. The United States has the largest demand of drugs in the world. While other countries also face the drug problem, the United States has spent the most money and law enforcement; however, its effectiveness is questionable. Consequently, now there is a great amount of drugs coming from Mexico’s borderline into the United States. The drug cartels have become more violent, killing Mexican officers and innocent people in order to smuggle their drugs. The United States needs more security control and better coordination between agencies to fight the violent Mexican drug war spilling across the southern border. There is not enough organization between the DEA and other groups such as the Department of Homeland Security. The United States has little hope of winning the war unless enough protection on the border and Border States are developed. The agencies need better coordination between the federal, state and locals agencies in order to prevent more drugs to cross U.S. borders. Violence has led to many murders in the United States and Mexico’s borders. In order to combat all this violence the DEA needs more recruitment of agents to stop drug cartels from crossing drugs from U.S. borders. The United States already has many criminals and with more criminals with addictions crime rates rises. Having more DEA personnel will help stop all these drug traffickers, end all their networks, and be put them in prison. Background

On March 28, 1973, President Richard Nixon signed the Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973 introducing the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which later became established on July 1, 1973. Along with other agencies, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD), and the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE) join together to form the Drug Enforcement Administration. This federal agency was originally created to enforce federal drug laws in the United States; thus,...
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