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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), an element of the Department of Justice, is responsible for enforcing the U.S. controlled-substance laws and regulations. It brings to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and the principal members of those organizations involved in the growing, manufacturing or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States. The DEA also enforces the federal money-laundering and bulk-currency-smuggling statutes when the funds in the transactions or smuggling are derived from the sale of narcotics. In addition, the DEA recommends and supports non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. The DEA was created in July 1973 by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973 (5 U.S.C. app.).

Source: Adapted from U.S. government regulations, "U.S. Government Manual", and "An Overview of the U.S. Intelligence Community"
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