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Drug Enforcement Administration

8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, VA 22152


Principal Deputy AdministratorPreston L. Grubbs

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the lead Federal agency in enforcing narcotics and controlled substances laws and regulations. The DEA also enforces the Federal money laundering and bulk currency smuggling statutes when the funds involved in the transactions or smuggling are derived from the sale of narcotics. It was created in July 1973 by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973 (5 U.S.C. app.).

The DEA enforces the provisions of the controlled substances and chemical diversion and trafficking laws and regulations of the United States, operating on a worldwide basis. It presents cases to the criminal and civil justice systems of the United States—or any other competent jurisdiction—on those significant organizations and their members involved in cultivation, production, smuggling, distribution, laundering of proceeds, or diversion of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illegal traffic in the United States. The DEA disrupts and dismantles these organizations by arresting their members, confiscating their drugs, and seizing their assets; and it creates, manages, and supports enforcement-related programs—domestically and internationally—to reduce the availability of and demand for illicit controlled substances.

The DEA's responsibilities include: investigation of major narcotic, chemical, drug-money laundering, and bulk currency smuggling violators who operate at interstate and international levels; seizure and forfeiture of assets derived from, traceable to, or intended to be used for illicit drug trafficking; seizure and forfeiture of assets derived from or traceable to drug-money laundering or the smuggling of bulk currency derived from illegal drugs; enforcement of regulations governing the legal manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of controlled substances; management of an intelligence program that supports drug investigations, initiatives, and operations worldwide; coordination with Federal, State, and local law enforcement authorities and cooperation with counterpart agencies abroad; assistance to State and local law enforcement agencies in addressing their most significant drug and drug-related violence problems; leadership and influence over international counterdrug and chemical policy and support for institution building in host nations; training, scientific research, and information exchange in support of drug traffic prevention and control; and education and assistance to the public community on the prevention, treatment, and dangers of drugs.

The DEA maintains liaison with the United Nations, INTERPOL, and other organizations on matters relating to international narcotics control programs. It has 239 domestic offices in 23 Divisions nationwide, and 91 foreign offices in 68 countries.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that DEA records have been assigned to record group 170.

Asset Forfeiture

The DEA posts public notices of forfeiture in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading on the Department of Justice's website.

Business Opportunities

The DEA obtains supplies and services through its Office of Acquisition and Relocation Management. The Office acquires supplies and services for local needs and all DEA agency-level procurements. DEA field activities also have procurement authority, but it is limited. | Email:

Career Opportunities

For career information, contact the nearest DEA field division recruitment office. The DEA also posts information on its "Careers" web page.

In 2020, the DEA ranked 96th among 411 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

The DEA posts contact information on its "Contact Us" web page. | Email:

Contact information for each of the DEA's 23 domestic divisions is available online.

Controlled Substances Act Registration

For information on registration under the Controlled Substances Act, contact the Office of Diversion Control, 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, VA 22152. Phone: 800-882-9539. | Email:

Data / Statistics

The DEA posts data and statistics online.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the DEA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA gives a right for public access to Government records. A FOIA request must be submitted in writing. The DEA generally follows the FOIA guidelines that the Department of Justice has adopted.


The DEA Museum and visitors' center are located in Arlington, VA. The museum posts virtual exhibits on its website. Phone, 202–307–3463.

Press Releases

The DEA posts press releases online.


The DEA posts various types of documents and publications online.


The "Resources" web page provides convenient access to data and statistics, drug information, Freedom of Information Act guidance, media galleries, and publications.

Social Media

The DEA maintains Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts. A social media directory is part of the "Contact Us" web page. | Email:

Victim Witness Assistance

Victims' rights laws resulted in the implementation of the victim witness assistance program. These laws provide for fair and just treatment of crime victims, immediate emergency treatment, and referrals to appropriate adult and child service agencies. The Department of Justice also gives guidance to Federal law enforcement agencies through the Attorney General's guidelines for victim witness assistance. | Email: