DEA Essay

Topics: Illegal drug trade, Drug, MDMA Pages: 3 (951 words) Published: September 27, 2013

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
For a long period of time, illegal drugs have become a nuisance in the society. Many lives have been taken and wasted because of illegal drugs. Many families have also been broken due to drug involvement of one of the family members. The futures of the young people have also been risked by drugs. As such, the government has taken all the effort to curtail the illegal drugs in the society by enacting laws criminalizing illegal drug-related activities, implementing programs for the people, and creating agencies to enforce the law, among others.

One of the agencies created by the government to deal with the problem in illegal drugs is the Drug Enforcement Agency or DEA. President Richard M. Nixon signed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act on October 27th, 1970. Moments later, he turned the law over to Attorney General John Mitchell, head of the Justice Department at the time, who was directed to head the federal drug-law enforcement effort. The act, which is known as the Controlled Substance Act, sets guidelines for the distribution of more than 20,000 drugs and establishes penalties for individuals convicted of illegal drug trafficking. The DEA was established in July 1973, under the Presidential Reorganization Plan Number 2. The agency combined the responsibilities, duties and staffs of five agencies that although performed their jobs at the fullest extent of the law. At its outset, DEA had 1,470 Special Agents and a budget of less than $75 million. Today, the DEA has nearly 5,000 Special Agents and a budget of $2.02 billion. The agency is focused only on major drug traffickers who act as the very root of the illegal drug-related crimes. By eliminating the drug traffickers, there is a big potential that distribution of drugs and the manufacture of it will be stopped.

The DEA fulfills its responsibilities in three ways. Primarily, the agency enforces drug laws that have been enacted. Second, the agency...
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