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.

FLIR Camera

FLIR Camera

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

Federal Bureau of Narcotics Badge

Federal Bureau of Narcotics Badge

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

El Chapo Prison Uniform

El Chapo Prison Uniform

An outfit worn by the drug trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Archivaldo Guzmán Loera when he was extradited to the United States for prosecution.

A trade card advertising Dr. Isaac Thompson’s Celebrated Eye Water.

Dr. Isaac Thompson’s Celebrated Eye Water Trade Card

A trade card advertising Dr. Isaac Thompson’s Celebrated Eye Water, an opium-containing patent medicine.

DEA Special Agent Badge

DEA Special Agent Badge

A gold and blue DEA special agent badge featuring an American bald eagle.

Cocaine Mold

Cocaine Mold

A wooden mold used to press cocaine syrup or powder into solid bricks.

Ceramic Elephant

Ceramic Elephant

A ceramic elephant gifted to DEA by Thai royalty.

Credentials issued in 1944 to Robert S. O'Brien

Bureau of Narcotics Credentials

Credentials issued in 1944 to Robert S. O'Brien, Agent, Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

Beretta 92F 9MM Parabellum Pistol

Beretta 92F 9MM Parabellum Pistol

A diamond encrusted pistol discovered in one of Joaquín “El Chapo” Archivaldo Guzmán Loera’s safe houses.

A square spiked bamboo booby trap

Bamboo Booby Trap

A spiked bamboo trap that protected drug traffickers' illicit crops in Thailand.