Collection Spotlight

No matter how big or small, every artifact tells a story. While only a fraction of the objects and images in the Museum's collection, these eye-catching artifacts capture significant moments in the history of drugs and drug law enforcement.

Metal I Beam

Metal I Beam

A hollow metal I beam that unsuccessfully concealed cocaine from law enforcement officers.

A skeletal Santa Muerte statue

La Santa Muerte Statue

A spiritual icon found among members of the Gulf, Sinaloa, and Juarez drug cartels.

A glass bottle of pills labeled "La Grippe."

La Grippe Bottle

An early 20th-century pill bottle used to treat “la grippe,” or the flu.

A painted statue of Jesús Malverde sitting in a chair.

Jesús Malverde Statue

A statue of Jesús Malverde, a Mexican folk saint.

Homer Simpson Bong

Homer Simpson Bong

A Homer Simpson-themed bong used to smoke tobacco or marijuana.

Heroin Bottle

Heroin Bottle

An amber glass bottle that once contained heroin marketed and sold as a pain reliver and cough suppressant by Bayer & Co.

Green platform shoes

Green Platform Shoes

A DEA special agent wore these shoes during an undercover investigation of a cocaine ring in the 1970s.

FLIR Camera

FLIR Camera

A Forward-Looking Infrared, or FLIR, camera that attaches to the bottom of DEA aircraft.

A fentanyl transdermal system box.

Fentanyl Transdermal System Box

A box of fentanyl transdermal patches, an addictive Schedule II medicine used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain.

Federal Bureau of Narcotics Badge

Federal Bureau of Narcotics Badge

A Federal Bureau of Narcotics badge worn by agents in the mid-20th century.