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In the 1990s, DEA enacted the Kingpin Strategy to target drug trafficking organizations’ most vulnerable areas: leadership, production, distribution, and assets. The Museum’s new exhibit showcases drug smuggling tools and other artifacts highlighting the strategy’s disruption, dismantling, and destruction of illegal operations.
What’s more fun: becoming a Junior Special Agent or practicing the science of fingerprinting? Student groups visiting the Museum’s traveling exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences can participate in both of these engaging programs. Stop by the West Virginia State Museum before the exhibit hits the road!
Another year, another AFNA conference. Director Jan Wrzesinski and Deputy Director Steve Stuart met with retired DEA agents and collected oral histories at the annual Association of Federal Narcotics Agents Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Museum’s traveling exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences is back on the road, touring the United States. On September 7, 2022, the exhibit opened at the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston. Its eye-opening, interactive, and updated displays will welcome visitors through January 2023, when it’s off to its next destination: Albany, Georgia.
Loops, whorls, and arches, oh my! In August, the Museum hosted its first in-person fingerprinting program in its reimagined education space. Students participated in one of two new hands-on programs on the science and history behind DEA’s work.
In the mid-1990s, DEA unveiled a Wall of Honor memorializing employees who died in the line of duty. Retired Special Agent Richard Barrett tracked down eight portraits missing from the display, recovering the last image in 2022.
The DEA Museum recently acquired a submersible tube that concealed cocaine under a cargo ship bound for Puerto Rico. Learn why this object and other smuggling tools are important additions to the Museum’s growing collection.
DEA Museum staff members have a heavy lift – 32 crates on two tractor-trailer rigs! The Museum’s traveling exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences, has been in storage because of the pandemic. Now, it’s being updated and prepared for a new venue: the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston, West Virginia.