Dea Museum and Visitors Center

Dea Museum and Visitors Center The DEA Museum looks at the history behind illicit drugs in America. We are currently closed for renovation and expected to reopen in Fall of 2020.
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During Police Week, our nation honors the brave men and women in law enforcement as we pay tribute to those who made the...
05/13/2020
DEA Museum & Visitors Center | 2020 DEA Virtual Memorial Service

During Police Week, our nation honors the brave men and women in law enforcement as we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Unfortunately, given the current circumstances, we cannot host our traditional Memorial Service in person as originally planned. However, I encourage all of you to view the virtual tribute service here: https://deamuseum.org/news/2020-dea-virtual-memorial-service

This moving video includes a message from Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, a beautiful tribute to TFO DelRio, and DEA’s traditional roll call. We plan to host an in-person Memorial Service event as soon as we are safely able to do so.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and Visitors Center envisions itself as the preeminent federal government institution for learning about the history of drugs and drug law enforcement in the United States and the integral role that DEA and its predecessor agencies have played in that...

05/01/2020

#OnThisDay in 1971, the Controlled Substances Act went into effect. This law requires that the drugs and certain chemical substances must be categorized or "scheduled" into 5 levels based on the detailed evaluation of those substances. Substances are evaluated based on acceptable medical use and risk of abuse or dependence. Therefore, schedule 5 substances are medically useful and pose a relatively low risk of abuse or mental addiction. On the other hand, schedule 1 substances have no currently accepted medical use, pose a high risk of abuse, and are strongly addictive. Substances can change schedule through the combination of strong research and a rigorous legislative petition process.

04/30/2020

The Medellín Cartel was one of the most notorious and cruel drug trafficking organizations in history. Led by the infamous Pablo Escobar, the cartel was known for smuggling tons of cocaine from Colombia to dozens of countries around the world, but also their bold and lethal terrorist tactics. #OnThisDay in 1984, the Medellín Cartel publicly assassinated the Colombian Minister of Justice, Rodrigo Lara-Bonilla, a vocal advocate for the extradition of cocaine traffickers. Due to brave people like him, the Colombian National Police and the DEA were gradually able to dismantle the Medellín Cartel by the early 1990s.

Forensic fingerprint examiners analyze fingerprints found either at crime scenes or on other types of evidence. There ar...
04/29/2020

Forensic fingerprint examiners analyze fingerprints found either at crime scenes or on other types of evidence. There are three types of fingerprint evidence. They can collect latent fingerprints, which are natural sweat and oils left on a surface, invisible to the naked eye. Patent fingerprints are visible evidence left by fingers covered in foreign material such as ink, dirt, or blood. Lastly, plastic fingerprints are left by fingers impressed into a soft surface. DEA fingerprint examiners use magnetic fingerprint lifting powder and other chemicals to retrieve the fingerprints for analysis in the laboratory. They then used specialized software to analyze the print and run it through a database called the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). An expertly identified fingerprint can place a suspect at a crime scene or prove that they handled a piece of evidence that will be used when the case goes to court.

Digital forensic examiners are responsible for analyzing technology based evidence including retrieving data off of comp...
04/28/2020

Digital forensic examiners are responsible for analyzing technology based evidence including retrieving data off of computers and cell phones. They use various tools and techniques to dismantle digital devices, and special programs to download data. The extracted data is considered intelligence and can be used to build a case, make connections within a drug trafficking organization, and lead to critical convictions.

Forensic chemists are the folks that you often see portrayed in crime solving mystery TV shows. They use basic and advan...
04/27/2020

Forensic chemists are the folks that you often see portrayed in crime solving mystery TV shows. They use basic and advanced chemistry practices in order to analyze evidence that could come in the form of tablets, powder, liquid, or plant matter. Some of the tests that they run are based on chemical reactions while others use complicated machinery. DEA forensic chemical examiners take detailed records during every step of their testing because the success of a case rests heavily on accurate and thorough results.

The Drug Enforcement Administration employs forensic examiners responsible for providing scientific and technical suppor...
04/26/2020

The Drug Enforcement Administration employs forensic examiners responsible for providing scientific and technical support to the development of drug enforcement cases. DEA forensic examiners use the scientific process to analyze evidence, provide detailed reports, and testify in court. Their jobs differ depending on their discipline: chemistry, digital, and fingerprinting. Stay tuned this week as each daily post highlights one of these forensics disciplines! Are you interested in a career as a forensic examiner? Share which discipline you think you would enjoy the most!

Renovation Update: The frames for the ceiling have been put up inside the museum space as well as the lobby. The opening...
04/26/2020

Renovation Update: The frames for the ceiling have been put up inside the museum space as well as the lobby. The opening on the right will be the entrance to the museum gallery and the opening on the left will become the gift shop. So exciting!

04/24/2020

#PopQuiz
The Controlled Substances Act (1970) requires that drugs and certain other chemical substances be categorized or "scheduled" into 5 levels based on the detailed evaluation of those substances. What factor(s) are evaluated to determine whether a drug belongs in Schedule 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5?
A. Acceptable Medical Uses
B. Lethal Does
C. Potential for Abuse and Dependence
D. A and C
Stay tuned for the answer tomorrow!

This month is a double anniversary for the DEA's Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Before 1999, the DEA shared fac...
04/23/2020

This month is a double anniversary for the DEA's Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Before 1999, the DEA shared facilities with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in order to train each new class of Special Agents. On April 21, 1997, DEA hosted a ground breaking ceremony for the new Training Academy and two years later, on April 28, 1999, the Training Academy opened and began holding Basic Agent Training classes. Since then, the Academy has expanded to also host Basic Forensic Chemist Training and has earned Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA).

Happy Earth Day! The production of illegal drugs can have a negative impact on the health of environment. Around the wor...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! The production of illegal drugs can have a negative impact on the health of environment. Around the world, the production of cocaine, opiates (including heroin), and cannabis can lead to the destruction of natural areas for the farming of the plants these drugs are derived from. Illegal operations often improperly dispose of garbage and runoff which can pollute soil and local water sources. Preserve our natural areas! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Don't Do Drugs!

Photos of garbage pollution left behind by illegal drug operations.

04/21/2020
Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA

DEA Rx Drug Take Back Day has been postponed due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Please make sure any prescription drugs in your home are safely secured to prevent accidents.

DEA launches the #SecureYourMeds campaign, asking Americans to keep prescription medications safe and secure until they can properly dispose of them at the next #DEATakeBack Day. Read more at https://dea.gov/press-releases/2020/04/21/dea-launches-secure-your-meds-campaign-calls-americans-keep-medications

Today is a sad anniversary for the Drug Enforcement Administration. On this day in 1995, the Alfred E. Murrah Federal Bu...
04/19/2020

Today is a sad anniversary for the Drug Enforcement Administration. On this day in 1995, the Alfred E. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK was bombed. Five DEA employees lost their lives along with 163 other people, including 19 chlidren. The DEA has carried the memory of these and all other fallen members of our family on our memorial wall. The renovation of the Museum has also allowed for the construction of a new memorial wall. We look forward to unveiling it, to provide families a somber and beautiful place to reflect on the memories of their loved ones.

Photo: Oklahoma City Memorial courtesy of the National Park Service.

When we aren't social distancing, the DEA works closely with many other law enforcement entities. In order to keep commu...
04/17/2020

When we aren't social distancing, the DEA works closely with many other law enforcement entities. In order to keep communities safe, DEA must work with local law enforcement, such as state and county police. To prevent drug trafficking into the U.S. DEA also must cooperate with other federal agencies/departments such as the FBI, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Coast Guard.

Photo: FDA and DEA work together on Operation Cyber Chase.

Did you visit the DEA Museum before it closed for renovation? What was your favorite part? What topics would you like to...
04/16/2020

Did you visit the DEA Museum before it closed for renovation? What was your favorite part? What topics would you like to see us feature in lectures and programs when the Museum reopens?

Diversion Investigators have a special responsibility in drug law enforcement. They prevent, detect, and investigate the...
04/15/2020

Diversion Investigators have a special responsibility in drug law enforcement. They prevent, detect, and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources. This means that they ensure that medicines and other chemicals don't end up in the wrong hands. They also monitor the production, transportation, and distribution of these medicines and chemicals to ensure that there is an adequate and uninterrupted supply for medical, commercial, and scientific needs.

04/14/2020

#PopQuiz
The Drug Enforcement Administration has only existed since 1973. Before that, drug enforcement responsibilities belonged to a succession of other agencies including the BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs), the BDAC (Bureau of Drug Abuse Control), and the BN (Bureau of Narcotics). But even before this alphabet soup, Narcotics Agents were a relatively small division of which Federal department that still exists today?
A. Treasury Department
B. Department of the Interior
C. Food and Drug Administration
Share your guess in the comments and stay tuned for the answer!

The construction within the Museum is moving along and the walls are up. Next is the ceiling now that all the duct work ...
04/13/2020

The construction within the Museum is moving along and the walls are up. Next is the ceiling now that all the duct work is in place. Are any of you working on home projects during the quarantine?

04/12/2020

We hope everyone is staying safe out there in these uncertain times. The DEA Museum family wishes you the best from the safety of our own homes.

04/10/2020

#PopQuiz
Doctors in the early 1800s had access to a new, powerful pain relieving drug, derived from the opium poppy. This drug was used to help soldiers during the American Civil War, but was also commonly prescribed to middle and upper class women. Since then, the drug has continued to be used, in moderation, both in hospitals and also on the battlefield. What drug is it?
A. Cannabis
B. Codeine
C. Morphine
Post your guess in the comments and stay tuned for the answer.

04/09/2020

Panama's ruler and self proclaimed "Maximum Leader of the National Liberation" Manuel Noriega was arrested and extradited to the United States shortly after the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989. Noriega was indicted on charges of drug trafficking and racketeering and in September 1992, the "Drug Trial of the Century" began. Eight months and over 100 prosecution witnesses later, Manuel Noriega was found guilty of 8 out of the 10 charges on this day in 1992. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

#OnThisDay in 1986, President Reagan proclaimed that drug production and trafficking constituted a threat to the securit...
04/08/2020

#OnThisDay in 1986, President Reagan proclaimed that drug production and trafficking constituted a threat to the security of the U.S. He extended executive sanction to an active war on drugs with National Security Decision Directive 221. The directive was intended to identify the impact of the international narcotics trade upon U.S. national security, and to direct specific actions to increase the effectiveness of U.S. counter-narcotics efforts to enhance our national security.

#OnThisDay in 1968, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) was created. President Johnson proposed Reorganiz...
04/07/2020

#OnThisDay in 1968, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) was created. President Johnson proposed Reorganization Plan No. 1 which was designed to consolidate the responsibilities of drug law enforcement. Before this consolidation, responsibilities were divided between the Bureau of Narcotics and the Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (BDAC). The Reorganization Plan also shifted BNDD into the Department of Justice rather than the Treasury Department. That status has been maintained through the transition to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

There are three major categories of drugs: stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens. These names are based on the effe...
04/06/2020

There are three major categories of drugs: stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens. These names are based on the effects that the drugs have on the human body. Stimulants, also known as "uppers," agitate body functions causing the heart to pump faster and increasing electrical activity in the brain. Depressants, sometimes called "downers," slow things down, including breathing, digestion, and brain activity. Hallucinogens effect the body in many different ways. They stimulate brain activity but also slow breathing and heartrate in addition to inducing false visions, which is why they are sometimes called "all arounders." Did you learn about uppers, downers, and all arounders when you were in school?

Photo: MRI scans of human brains. The right brain shows deterioration (blue & purple) due to the long term exposure to a stimulant (cocaine). Continuous brain stimulation from drugs can wear out brain cells.

Have you heard of the opioid crisis? Many people are concerned about the number of patients being prescribed pain relief...
04/05/2020

Have you heard of the opioid crisis? Many people are concerned about the number of patients being prescribed pain relief medication that can be addictive. Many are also concerned about the quantities of illegal opioids, such as heroin, being abused. Some of these drugs are derived from the opium poppy plant, while others are synthetic, entirely man-made in a laboratory.

Photo: Prescription bottle of hydromorphone.

#OnThisDay in 1985, the local authorities in Costa Rica, in conjunction with DEA, arrested Rafael Caro-Quintero, one of ...
04/04/2020

#OnThisDay in 1985, the local authorities in Costa Rica, in conjunction with DEA, arrested Rafael Caro-Quintero, one of the lead suspects in the abduction, torture, and murder of Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. SA Camarena disappeared on February 7th, on his way to join his wife for lunch. His body was found in early March in a farmer's field. The arrests of Rafael Caro-Quintero and his associates were a major turning point in what became the most comprehensive homicide investigation that the DEA has ever undertaken. Every year the DEA and communities across the country honor the legacy of SA Camarena by celebrating National Red Ribbon Week. The week is filled with events that promote efforts in the prevention of drug abuse. Want to find out how your community can get involved? https://www.dea.gov/redribbon

Photo: Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena

#PopQuizWhich of these illegal drugs does NOT originate from a plant?A. HeroinB. CocaineC. MethamphetamineStay tuned for...
04/02/2020

#PopQuiz
Which of these illegal drugs does NOT originate from a plant?
A. Heroin
B. Cocaine
C. Methamphetamine
Stay tuned for the answer!

#DidYouKnow DEA has offices all over the world? The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration requires global coope...
04/01/2020
Foreign Office Locations

#DidYouKnow DEA has offices all over the world? The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration requires global cooperation in order to reduce illicit drug use. When foreign governments agree to collaborate, the DEA supports their priorities in dismantling drug trafficking organizations. There are currently 91 foreign DEA offices in 68 countries. Explore the offices around the world: https://www.dea.gov/foreign-office-locations

DEA has 91 Foreign Offices in 68 countries. Content on this website is organized by Region. Please click on the map below for information about each Region. For general DEA information, please go to Contact Us. AfricaAndeanCaribbeanEurope Far EastMiddle EastNorth and Central AmericaSouthern Cone DEA...

#OnThisDay in 2002, the DEA's Istanbul Office assisted Turkish Jandarma officials conducted a raid targeting a multiface...
03/31/2020

#OnThisDay in 2002, the DEA's Istanbul Office assisted Turkish Jandarma officials conducted a raid targeting a multifaceted drug trafficking organization led by Attila Ozyildirim. The operation resulted in 15 individual arrests and the seizure of 7.4 tons of morphine base. According to Turkish authorities, this was the largest seizure of drugs in the country to date.

Photo: Opium gum seeping from poppy pods. This sap is collected to be processed into heroin, morphine, or other opioids.

#OnThisDay in 1961, the United Nations finalized the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The Convention aimed to suppor...
03/30/2020

#OnThisDay in 1961, the United Nations finalized the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The Convention aimed to support coordinated global efforts against drug abuse. It also sought to limit drug use to exclusively medical and scientific purposes by moderating production, distribution, and possession. The Convention was signed by 74 nations.

03/29/2020

#PopQuiz
The human body contains a network of neurons which send messages to and from the brain. Molecules pass from one neuron to the next to set off a chain reaction of chemical messages. These same molocules can be affected in many different ways by the introduction of drugs. What are these molecules called?
A. Neuro Signs
B. Saucy Gyros
C. Neurotransmitters

Stay tuned for the answer!

#OnThisDay in 1973, President Nixon submitted the Reorganization Plan Number 2, which proposed the creation of a single ...
03/28/2020

#OnThisDay in 1973, President Nixon submitted the Reorganization Plan Number 2, which proposed the creation of a single federal agency to consolidate and coordinate the government's drug law enforcement activities. At the time, drug control activities were the responsibility of several agencies including: Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement, and Office of National Narcotics Intelligence. The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration unified these three agencies as well as a contingent from U.S. Customs Service as a single mission team in the fight against drug abuse.

#OnThisDay in 1992, Administrator Bonner ruled against the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in...
03/26/2020

#OnThisDay in 1992, Administrator Bonner ruled against the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in their petition to legally change cannabis from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug. His decision was made based on a five-point test reflecting Congress' criteria for rescheduling a drug.
1. The drug’s chemistry must be known and reproducible.
2. Adequate safety studies must have been performed on the
drug.
3. There must have been adequate and well-controlled studies proving the drug’s efficacy.
4. The drug’s medicinal value must be accepted by qualified
experts.
5. The scientific evidence of the drug’s safety and efficacy
must be widely available.
At the time, Administrator Bonner determined that cannabis failed all five categories. The issue of cannabis' medical value continues to be a controversial one, with proponents on both sides of the argument. What are your opinions?

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