A special agent is the nucleus of DEA. This is a highly skilled, intuitive person with energy and motivation who wants to actively make a difference. The intense career of a special agent can lead to working all over the world and requires a deep commitment. Investigating drug organizations involves human and technical intelligence, coordination with the criminal justice system, and a close partnership with domestic and foreign law enforcement. The successful criminal conviction of groups who traffic and launder drugs is the primary focus of special agents who want to make a positive impact.
Agents continuously exchange information on a variety of topics. Because the drug problem has become a global concern, law enforcement agencies from around the world gather to discuss, help, and resolve many issues.
Operations are formulated after many hours of investigation. When substantial evidence indicates criminal activity, special agents execute an arrest.