The Drug Enforcement Administration Essay

2618 Words Nov 6th, 2010 11 Pages
Issue Identification
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
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As a result, “Operation SEA/M (Special Enforcement Activity in Mexico) was launched in the State of Sinaloa to combat the opium and heroin traffic” (DEA 1970-1975, p17). Even though there was a success with operation SEA/M, the prevention of drug trafficking in the future was hard to accomplish. As the Mexican drug trafficking increase throughout the years Colombian drugs were in the rise as well. Colombian drug trafficking into the U.S. had become strong in the early 1980s. Loads of boats full of marijuana were being brought from Colombia to the Unites States. To help reduce the trafficking from Colombia, the DEA launched Operation Grouper in 1981. Being one of the largest enforcement operation against marijuana from Colombia, DEA agents, “arrested 122 out of the 155 indicted subjects, and seized more than $1 billion worth of drugs, and $12 million worth of assets, including 30 vessels, two airplanes and $1 million in cash” (DEA 1980-1985, p45).
Heroin became very popular in the United States in the 1990s. With a high demand for the use of heroin, Colombians cartels began, “to diversify into the production and distribution” of heroin (DEA 1990-1994, p79). Colombia had become one of the largest cultivator and distributors of opium. Along with Colombia, by 1993 Asia had become a great threat to the United States. Around that time 68 percent of the heroine that was seized was coming from Southeast Asia. In the mean time

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